Fall 2020 Update

Fall 2020 Update: Wright State University’s Dayton and Lake Campuses plan to return to teaching for 2020 Fall Semester on August 24 with a dynamic and flexible mixture of in-person and remote courses. Read more about our Right Here. Wright State. This Fall. plan.

COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid for Students

Raider Connect Staff will begin working remotely starting March 23. Please call us at 937-775-4000 to speak with an advisor or email raiderconnect@wright.edu. We are happy to schedule phone or video appointments via our email address at this time. Please scan or photograph and email all documents to raiderconnect@wright.edu.

CARES Act and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF)
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

As a part of the CARES Act, 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 to provide in 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. As of today, there are approximately 7,000 students at the institution 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 funds. The university has distributed $4,470,584 of the HEERF funds to 5,734 students as of July 27, 2020.


Emergency Fund Application for Fall 2020

Students enrolled in the fall semester who have expenses related to COVID-19 and the disruption of campus operations going remote can complete an application to be considered for HEERF. Expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care. Funds will be awarded as available and based on need.

Students must complete the online application linked above and meet the following criteria.

Students who have questions about the application should contact Student Advocacy and Wellness, at studentadvocacyandwellness@wright.edu.

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. Funds awarded for fall will not disburse prior to the start of fall classes.

What if I am not eligible for HEERF but need assistance?

Students who do not meet HEERF requirements can still complete the online application at wright.edu/StudentRelief to be considered for private donor funds and be directed to other university resources. If you have questions, please contact Student Advocacy and Wellness at studentadvocacyandwellness@wright.edu.


Disclosing Methods Used to Determine Eligibility

Wright State University used the following methods 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 grants directly to 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

Emergency Fund Applications

Enrolled students who did not already receive a direct grant from the HEERF grant can request to be considered for HEERF and other donor funds to assist with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. 

  • 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.