WHAT IS THE CARES ACT STUDENT EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE GRANT?
The US Department of Education has distributed funds to college to provide direct emergency cash grants to college students whose lives and education have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. This funding is available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
These emergency grants are intended to assist students with expenses related to disruptions to their education due to the COVID-19 outbreak, including childcare, food, healthcare/medical, housing (including increased utility costs), technology (including computer or WiFi access for online classes), and other items.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE COVID-19 STUDENT EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND GRANT?
To qualify a student must have been enrolled in 9 or more credit hours that were not exclusively online instruction as of March 13, 2020. Students enrolled for fewer than 9 credit hours may apply by providing documentation of extenuating circumstances.
Per the Department of Education, only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, may receive emergency financial aid grants.The criteria to participate in these programs include US citizenship or eligible noncitizenship; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma or GED.
Therefore the following students are not eligible for the Student Emergency Assistance funds:
- Career and College Promise (high school) Students
- Wilkes Early College High School and Ashe Early College High School Students
- International and Undocumented Students (including DACA)
- Online Students (students who were enrolled exclusively in online classes as of March 13)
- Students who are not maintaining satisfactory academic progress (SAP)
APPLY TODAY FOR THE COVID-19 STUDENT EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND GRANT
Eligible students will receive an email link to the application. You must use your WCC user ID and password to access the application.
Follow-up communication about your application will be sent to your WCC student email address. Funds will be dispersed via direct deposit or check. The college will make every effort to distribute funds on a weekly basis.