As we continue our second semester navigating COVID, the University continues to provide all possible support to our students during this time of unchartered territory across higher education. Today, I reach out to you with important information about the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) funding under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).
CRRSAA Student Emergency Grant funds are designed to ensure learning continues for students during COVID-19. The grant was awarded to William Woods through limited stimulus funds provided under the CRRSAA as HEERF II, 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. Grant funds should be used for reimbursement of expenses for items included in a student’s cost of attending WWU or emergency costs that arise due to Coronavirus, such as the following: tuition, food, housing, health care, mental health care, or child care. 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.
Eligibility requirements for students are as follows:
- Must have been enrolled in classes at WWU after December 27, 2020
- Must be a U.S. Citizen
International students are not eligible for the emergency grant funds.
Since undergraduate student enrollment was used by the Department of Education in determining WWU’s allocation of CRRSAA grant funds, no application is required for our current population of students to receive the grant. Grant funds will be allocated automatically and disbursed to those students who meet the eligibility requirements as outlined above, beginning the week of March 22. The amount of the grant is based on the student’s financial need, and the student’s classification as residential, commuter, full-time, part-time, or online. The maximum grant amount for a full-time residential student is $1,200. The maximum grant amount for a full-time commuter student is $600. The maximum grant amount for a full-time online student is $300. The maximum grant amount is tiered based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on the FAFSA as shown below.
|EFC||Percentage of Grant|
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.
While WWU immediately identified undergraduate students enrolled during the spring 2021 semester as being eligible for these funds, our graduate students enrolled during the spring 2021 semester, and some formerly enrolled students, may also meet the eligibility requirements for the emergency grant funds. As such, we are implementing an application process available to these students. Please monitor your WWU email, and our website, for further information regarding the application process which is expected to be made available by April 15. Students who receive grant funds from the application process are on a first-come first-serve basis until the grant funds are fully distributed to eligible students. Questions can be directed to EmergencyGrants@WilliamWoods.eduOriginally announced by Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett on 3/16/2021.