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COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid for Students

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF/HEERF II/HEERFIII) Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

As a part of the CARES, CRRSAA, and ARP 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 to provide direct grants to eligible students who were affected by campus operations going remote and/or the national pandemic. Wright State University will receive $5,070,423 under the CARES act, $5,070,423 under the CRRSAA, and $14,508,548 under the ARP to provide direct grants to students and will report quarterly on how grant funds are provided to students. Since last Spring 2020, approximately 17,413 students have been eligible to be considered for HEERF funds. The university has distributed $24,618,107 in HEERF funds to 14,673 students as of March 31, 2022.


Grants to Students for Spring 2022

In January 2022, Wright State University automatically awarded enrolled students with financial need. Eligible students were provided grants ranging from $175–$2,000. Students who received funding were sent an email explaining the details of the award. HEERF grants were applied to student accounts and refunded directly to students. We encourage students to set up direct deposit in WINGS Express.

Emergency Fund Applications

Students enrolled in Spring 2022 who did not receive an automatic HEERF grant and who are experiencing unexpected financial hardship due to COVID-19 could apply to receive funds. Funds were available on a first-come, first-served basis. HEERF grants are not applied to outstanding balances, however, students are encouraged to use HEERF to pay any outstanding balance with Wright State. We encouraged students to set up direct deposit in WINGS Express. If a student's application was denied, an email was sent to the student's Wright State email within 5-7 business days.  HEERF is closed and funds are no longer available.

    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

    Disclosing Previous 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 $4,452,750 in grants directly to 5,714 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 $214,750 in grants directly to 860 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

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

    In March 2021, Wright State University automatically awarded enrolled students with financial need. Eligible students were provided grants ranging from $100–$1,000. Students who received funding were sent an email explaining the details of the award. HEERF grants were applied to student accounts and refunded directly to students. We encourage students to set up direct deposit in WINGS Express.

    Direct Grants to Students for Summer 2021 (ARP/HEERF III)

    In June 2021, Wright State University automatically awarded enrolled students with financial need. Eligible students were provided grants ranging from $100–$1,100. Students who received funding were sent an email explaining the details of the award. HEERF grants were applied to student accounts and refunded directly to students. We encourage students to set up direct deposit in WINGS Express.

    Direct Grants to Students for Fall 2021

    In September 2021, Wright State University automatically awarded enrolled students with financial need. Eligible students were provided grants ranging from $100–$2,000. Students who received funding were sent an email explaining the details of the award. HEERF grants were applied to student accounts and refunded directly to students. We encourage students to set up direct deposit in WINGS Express.

    Emergency Fund Applications

    Enrolled students who do not automatically receive a HEERF grant each semester can apply for assistance with unexpected expenses related to COVID-19. As of March 31, 2022, the university has provided $971,657 in grants directly to 1,478 students who completed the application.

    Student HEERF Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting

    FY21 Q1 Student Allocation Report.PDF
    FY21 Q2 Student Allocation Report.PDF
    FY21 Q3 Student Allocation Report.PDF
    FY21 Q4 Student Allocation Report.PDF
    FY22 Q1 Student Allocation Report.PDF

    Institutional HEERF Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting

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    00307800_HEERF_Q42020_011021
    00307800_HEERF_Q12021_041021
    00307800_HEERF_Q22021_071021
    00307800_HEERF_Q32021_102121
    00307800_HEERF_Q42021_011022
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