Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Response

Emergency Assistance for Students

Updated: November 5, 2020

Please note, things are changing rapidly as the COVID-19 situation evolves, so please contact or visit the organizations' websites that are listed for the most current information.

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CARES Act Grants for Students

  • What is Wright State’s approach to awarding students emergency relief grants from the CARES Act?

    The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Wright State University will automatically award students who meet eligibility requirements and have a certain Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for the 2019-2020 year. The EFC is calculated from the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The university used a tiered approach:

    • Students with an EFC of 0–5,576 will receive $1,000 if enrolled full time. The award amount will prorate if the student is registered less than full time ($750/$500/$250).
    • Students with an EFC of 5,577–20,000 will receive $500 if enrolled full time. The award amount will prorate if the student is registered less than full time ($375/$250/$125).

    Each student who receives funding will get an email explaining the details of the funding.

    Based on the criteria above, Wright State University disbursed $4,465,750.00 in HEERF to 5,730 students.

  • When will students receive their grant from the CARES Act?

    Wright State began issuing awards the week of May 11 with the goal of completing the process by May 22.

  • How much money did Wright State receive from the CARES Act to provide direct relief to students?

    Wright State received an award of $5,070,423 from the U.S. Department of Education to provide direct relief to students who attended spring 2020 and experienced disruption due to COVID-19. Wright State University signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  • What criteria must students meet to be eligible to receive funding from the CARES Act?

    Student must meet these eligibility requirements to receive funding. Currently 7,090 students meet the eligibility requirements to be considered for funding:

    • Degree seeking
    • Continued enrollment for the Spring 2020 semester
    • Enrolled in one or more face-to-face courses that was converted to remote instruction after March 13, 2020
    • Title IV financial aid eligible. This means the student filed a FAFSA and completed all outstanding requirements to receive federal financial aid prior to May 1, 2020 and met satisfactory academic progress standards.
  • Are graduate and professional students eligible for CARES Act grants?

    Yes. More than 5,700 Wright State students — including undergraduate, graduate, School of Professional Psychology, and Boonshoft School of Medicine students —are eligible.

  • What kinds of additional expenses are these grants designed to assist with?

    The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provides funds to assist students with the additional expenses they incurred from the disruption of campus operations from the coronavirus. These expenses include:

    • Food
    • Housing
    • Course materials
    • Technology
    • Health care
    • Childcare
  • Will the award from the CARES Act be applied to my outstanding balance?

    No, the award will not be applied to any outstanding balance and will be disbursed directly to the student.

  • Are there any restrictions on who can receive HEERF Funds?

    Funds cannot be awarded to:

    • non-degree students.
    • international students, including undocumented and DACA students.
    • students who were enrolled in courses exclusively taught in a remote or online distance learning environment on or before March 13, 2020.
    • students who did not attend Spring 2020 semester.
  • If a student not receive a grant from the CARES Act, is there other financial assistance available?

    Wright State will contribute $250,000 of the CARES Act funds to supplement the Student Emergency Relief Fund, which is managed by the Wright State University Foundation in coordination with Student Advocacy and Wellness.

    Students who have not received a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grant by May 22 are encouraged to apply for the Student Emergency Relief Funds at

    The Student Emergency Relief Fund provides financial assistance to Dayton or Lake Campus students for food, toiletries, medications, other supplies, and travel expenses to return home.

    Students who have questions about the application process for the Emergency Relief Fund should contact Destinee Biesemeyer, associate director for student advocacy and wellness, at

    Students are only eligible to receive one financial emergency grant as a result of the COVID-19 disruption.

Student Emergency Relief Campaign

The Wright State University Foundation created the Wright State Student Emergency Relief Campaign to raise funds for students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of the donors contributed to the Katie Deedrick Student Support Fund.

Students may apply for assistance through the Katie Deedrick Student Support Fund. This fund provides one-time support to eligible Wright State students currently enrolled at the Dayton or Lake campuses with demonstrated financial need. Applications will be considered only while funds are still available. Apply Now

If you have questions about the application process or the Katie Deedrick Student Support Fund, please contact Destinee Biesemeyer, associate director for student advocacy and wellness, at

Counseling and Wellness

Counseling and Wellness Services are being conducted remotely. If you are a current client or on the waitlist, you will be contacted by a therapist. If you are a new client, please call 937-775-3407 and leave a voicemail and a staff member will return your call.

Raider Food Pantry

The Raider Food Pantry is open select hours Tuesday through Thursdays by appointment, or for limited walk-in hours. If campus becomes closed to nonessential personnel at any point, the food pantry itself will also be closed to students. Under those circumstances, students in need of emergency food assistance should contact 937-260-0167

Other local food resources include:

Women's Center and Personal Care Pantry

Students who need items from the Women's Center Personal Care Pantry should email

Questions or concerns for the Women's Center staff should be sent to and The Women's Center will continue to update its social media pages and website with pertinent information.