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Breaking: Eligible students to receive CARES Act funds

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Wright State will begin issuing mass emergency financial grants totaling approximately $4.8 million to more than 5,700 students who attended in the spring 2020 semester.

The university will begin issuing grants on May 11 with the goal of completing the process by May 22.

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the university.

Wright State received an award of $5,070,423 from the U.S. Department of Education to provide direct relief to students.

“We believe this effort will provide some financial relief to a broad range of spring 2020 students who experienced disruption as a result of COVID-19,” said Kim Everhart, director of financial aid at Wright State.

Eligibility

According to Wright State, students must meet certain eligibility requirements to receive CARES Act HEERF funding:

  • Degree seeking
  • Continued enrollment for the spring 2020 semester
  • Enrolled in one or more face-to face course that was converted to remote instruction after March 13, 2020
  • Title IV eligible: Student filed a FAFSA and completed all outstanding requirements to receive federal financial aid prior to May 1, 2020, and met satisfactory academic progress standards

Wright State will automatically award students who meet the above eligibility requirements. Funds will be disbursed based on each student’s FAFSA. Each student should receive an email from Raider Connect explaining the details of the funding.

Students are also only eligible for the HEERF grant one time. No additional grants from the university are planned as of May 11.

Those ineligible for funds include non-degree students; international students including undocumented and DACA students; or students who were enrolled in courses exclusively taught in a remote or online distance learning environment on or before March 13, 2020.

Wright State will contribute $250,000 of the CARES Act funds to supplement the Student Emergency Relief Fund, which is managed by the Wright State University Foundation in coordination with Student Advocacy and Wellness.

Students who do not receive a grant by May 22 are encouraged to apply for the Student Emergency Relief Fund at wright.edu/StudentRelief.

If you have questions about the HEERF grant and are attending the Dayton Campus, please contact RaiderConnect at 937-775-4000 or by email at [email protected].

If you are attending the Lake Campus, please contact Enrollment Services at 419-586-0232 or by email at [email protected].