CARES Act Grant
The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act legislation provides financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. WCC received from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) approximately $3.6 million to provide grants to students with additional expenses due to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, childcare, and/or transportation.
Expanded Distribution of CARES Act Funding (revised 11/3/20)
Beginning October 29, 2020, students enrolled in Fall 2020 and who are Title IV eligible will be notified of the availability of CARES Act Funding. (This will continue for Spring 2021 until funds are exhausted). CARES Act Funding is for continuing expenses based on the ongoing campus disruption due to COVID-19. Expenses include but are not limited to technology needs including laptops and associated conferencing equipment (headphones, better speakers, larger monitor, etc.) and software, Wi-Fi and associated utilities, course materials, etc.
Awards will be made to eligible students based on the tiered structure below, whereby Tier 1 and 2 to meet SUNY Priority 1 (PELL eligible, high need, low estimated family contribution).
- Tier 1 PELL eligible students who have a 0 EFC– award is $1,400.
- Tier 2 Pell eligible students who have an EFC greater than 0 on the 2020-21 FAFSA – award is $700.
Note: Previous Fall 2020 awards which are lower than stated above will be adjusted to reflect these amounts.
- Notifications will go out via email (MYWCC and personal accounts) with instructions for the completion of the Certification Statement. Students will confirm they are COVID impacted through this Certification Statement. (electronic and/or paper).
- Once the Certification Statement is received, awards will be processed through the Office of Student Financial Services and disbursed to the student’s account. This award is not a part of the student’s financial aid package and a direct payment will be processed via check to the student by the Bursar’s Office.
- The CARES Act is only for Title IV eligible students. This includes students who are in an eligible degree or certificate program; have completed the FAFSA (or will be able to complete the FAFSA) and successfully met the database matches; are in Good Academic Standing for the fall 2020 semester; and have a high school diploma or equivalency. As such, this does not allow HEERF funds to be distributed to international, DACA students, or students not in good academic standing.
- Eligibility requirements to receive CARES Act grants are students with additional expenses due to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, childcare, and/or transportation.
- The current application process for the Fall 2020 will cease as of Thursday October 29, 2020 and replace with this new outlined process. Eligible students will be notified of the new process through communications from Enrollment Management and Creative Communications.
- Awards will be granted in order of submitted Certification Statements, until funds are exhausted.
If you have any questions about the process or your eligibility, email email@example.com.