During this time of unchartered territory across higher education, we reach out to you with important information regarding the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) funding, representing the third round of student emergency grants under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).
ARP Student Emergency Grants are designed as an emergency financial aid grant for students enrolled during the COVID-19 national emergency. The grant was awarded to William Woods through limited stimulus funds provided under the ARP as HEERF III, and eligibility is restricted by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).
Our goal is to disburse the funds as quickly as possible to those students who are most in need, while adhering to the eligibility requirements set forth by the DOE. The funds are meant to cover any items or costs allowed under the Cost of Attendance (COA) for an academic program (components and amounts of COA are determined by WWU and regulated by the Department of Education). Funds may also cover costs associated with preventing, preparing for, and responding to coronavirus to ensure learning continues for students pursuing their education during the COVID-19 pandemic.These are grant funds and do not have to be repaid. It does not replace, change or negate financial aid. The grants may be disbursed directly to the student, or students may authorize WWU, through written consent, to apply funds directly to any outstanding balance owed on their student account. Information on applying funds to a student’s outstanding balance will follow this email for those eligible.
Unlike previous HEERF allocations, all student types (traditional, graduate, online, full-time, part-time, etc.) are eligible, and no application will be required to receive the grant for currently enrolled students. Grant funds will be allocated automatically and disbursed to those students who meet the eligibility requirements beginning the week of November 15. The amount of the grant is based on the student’s financial need and the student’s classification as full-time or part-time. The maximum grant amount for a full-time traditional student is $1,000. The maximum grant amount for a full-time graduate or online student is $250. The maximum grant amount is tiered based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on the FAFSA as shown below. Those who do not have an EFC on file with WWU are included in the highest EFC tier.
|EFC||Percentage of Grant|
|2,924 - 5,846||80|
|5,847 - 15,000||65|
Part-time students who meet the eligibility requirements will receive half the amount of the grant, as compared to those students with full-time status at WWU.
Unlike the previous HEERF allocations, WWU will be disbursing ARP Student Emergency Grants funds to current students in multiple payments; the second round of funds is anticipated during the spring 2022 semester. Amounts and restrictions may differ; therefore, you will receive more information at a later date. Please monitor your WWU email and our Emergency Grants webpage (https://www.williamwoods.edu/emergency-info/reporting/index.html) for further information. All questions regarding emergency grants can be directed to EmergencyGrants@WilliamWoods.edu