COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid for Students

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CARES and Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSAA) Acts and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF/HEERF II) Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

As a part of the CARES and CRRSAA Acts, Wright State University was awarded Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF), which provides grants to assist student needs as a result of COVID-19 and campus operations going remote. Wright State University signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement that we will use no less than 50 percent of funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide direct grants to eligible students who were affected by campus operations going remote. Wright State University will receive $5,070,423 under the CARES act and $5,070,423 under the CRRSAA to provide direct grants to students and will report 30 days as of the date the certificate and 45 days thereafter on how grant funds are provided to students. Since last Spring 2020, there are approximately 9,500 students that were or are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore eligible to be considered for HEERF/HEEF II funds. The university has distributed $4,791,270 of the HEERF funds to 6,465 students as of January 10, 2021.


Direct Grants to Students for Spring 2021 (CRRSAA/HEERF II)

In March 2021, Wright State University will automatically award grants to students who meet the following criteria:

  • currently enrolled at least half-time for Spring 2021,
  • degree-seeking,
  • U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen as determined by the FAFSA, and
  • filed a 2020–21 FAFSA with a valid Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as of March 1, 2021.

Grant amounts will be determined based on the EFC and enrollment. The EFC is calculated from the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The university is using a tiered approach to award the grant. Each student who receives funding will get an email explaining the details of the funding.

  • Students with an EFC of 0–5,711 will receive $1,100 if enrolled full time. The award amount will prorate if the student is registered less than full-time ($825 three-fourths time/$550 half-time).
  • Students with an EFC of 5,712 – 20,000 will receive $700 if enrolled full time. The award amount will prorate if the student is registered less than full-time ($525 three-fourths time/$350 half-time).
  • Students with a valid EFC above 20,001 will receive $300 if enrolled full time. The award amount will prorate if the student is registered less than full-time ($225 three-fourths time/$150 half-time).

What expenses are these grants designed to assist with?

These grants are designed to assist students with the additional expenses they incurred due to COVID-19 and the national emergency. Expenses include:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology
  • Health care
  • Childcare

Receiving HEERF Funds

HEERF grants will be applied to your student account and refunded directly to you. These grants will not be applied to any outstanding balance as they are intended to assist you with expenses related to COVID-19 and campus operations going remote. We encourage you to set up direct deposit in WINGS Express.

 


 

Disclosing Methods Used to Determine Eligibility

Wright State University is required to disclose the methods used to determine eligibility for the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) Grant received under Section 18004(a)(1).

Direct Grants to Students for Spring 2020

Wright State University realizes the impact that moving classes remote has on our students. To assist with those expenses, on May 11, 2020, the university provided $4,466,250 in grants directly to 5,732 students who met specific requirements. Awards ranged from $75 to $1,000 depending on need and enrollment. 
Students had to meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • Enrolled in Spring 2020 in courses that were face-to-face as of May 13, 2020
  • Met basic federal student aid requirements
  • Filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA and completed all outstanding financial aid requirements as of May 1, 2020
  • 2019-2020 FAFSA EFC between $0 and $20,000

Direct Grants to Students for Fall 2020

Wright State realizes the impact that moving classes remote has on our students residing on campus. To assist with those expenses, on September 8, 2020, the university provided $231,250 in grants directly to 928 students who met specific requirements. Awards were $250 per student. Students had to meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • Enrolled in a degree program for Fall 2020
  • Met basic federal student aid requirements
  • Filed a 2020-2021 FAFSA and completed all outstanding financial aid requirements as of September 8, 2020
  • Reside in on-campus housing

Emergency Fund Applications

Enrolled students who did not already receive a HEERF grant can apply for assistance with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. As of today, the university has provided $94,020 in grants directly to 221 students who completed the application.

  • Enrolled in a degree program
  • Filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • Met basic federal student aid requirements
  • Not already enrolled in an exclusively online program as of March 13, 2020
  • Experienced financial hardship related to campus operations going remote, creating the need for additional assistance with food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, or child care.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion

Quarterly Budget and Expenditures Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion - September 2020
Quarterly Budget and Expenditures Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion - January 2021