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Update March 28, 2022: As you continue your strides through your education during the Spring 2022 semester, we reach out today 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).  Those students seeking a traditional degree program here at WWU have already received the Fall 2021 allocation of ARP grant funds.  At this time, we are beginning to move forward with the new Spring 2022 ARP grant disbursements.

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. 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 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
0-2,923 100
2,924 - 5,846 80
5,847 - 15,000 65
>15,000 50

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. Graduate and online students previously received an updated Fall 2021 allocation and will not be eligible for Spring 2022 allocations at this time.

Please monitor your WWU email and our Emergency Grants webpage for further information.  All questions regarding student emergency grants can be directed to EmergencyGrants@WilliamWoods.edu


Update, December 21, 2021: Graduate and exclusively online students will now be receiving one ARP emergency grant disbursement (Fall 2021) instead of the originally planned two (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022). 

The overall allocated grant amount for graduate and online students will remain the same, but they will now be receiving one disbursement with double the amount of funds indicated in the original grant release information. All student data used to determine eligibility was collected upon the initial grant notification date and follows the original published information. 

Traditional undergraduate students will still be receiving the subsequent Spring 2022 disbursement as planned to ensure they receive the full ARP allocation allowed for their program type.


Original Publication, November 2, 2021: 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
0-2,923 100
2,924 - 5,846 80
5,847 - 15,000 65
>15,000 50

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