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CARES Act III

Weatherford College has received a third round of student aid from the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) to distribute in the form of Emergency grant aid. The College will utilize eligibility criteria set forth in the CARES Act Grant as follows:

If you experience additional expenses as a result of the Covid-19 crisis such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

Full time students (at least 12 hours per semester) are eligible for up to $2,000. Part time students are eligible for prorated awards.

Eligibility requirements:

  1. Education has been affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

Application

We have provided an online application for you to apply for these funds. Go to CARES Act III application.

FAQs

Q: I applied for the Cares Grant and received an email say I got it but I don’t  see the award.
A:  We have discovered that if you do not have any other financial aid awards, you may not be able to see the award.

Q: Must I be enrolled in Fall 2021 to receive this grant.
A: Absolutely.

Q: On my Coyote Connect billing statement it states that I am not eligible for the full $2,000. Why not?
A: To receive the full $2,000, you must be enrolled in 12 hrs or more. If less than 12hrs, it prorates down.

Q: I already have a payment plan, will this grant lower my payments?
A: When you filled out the application and if you specified that grant money to cover tuition and fees, then yes, it will lower your payment plan or pay it off if enough money.

Q: I did not chose to have my grant money pay for tuition, when we I get my refund?
A: All refunds for the fall 2021 will be issued around Sept. 21, 2021. This is because we still have to verify you are attending classes.

Q: I paid for my classes from my a credit card or other cash payments, when will I receive the Cares Grant refund?
A: September 21, 2021.

Q: I chose to use my Grant funds for tuition & fees. However, I now want to change my answer. When will I receive my refund?
A: September 21, 2021. Just because you change that answer does not mean you will receive your refund any earlier.

Q: Can I use my Cares grant to pay for books?
A: No. The requirements of the Grant do not allow us to charge books.

Q: I put on my application to pay tuition & fees but I need to change that, how do I make that change?
A: For now, send an email to finaid@wc.edu and give us your information and we will make that change.

Q: If I am due a refund, how will I receive this money?
A: This is based on how you have your refunds are setup in Coyote Connect. Either Direct deposit or a check will be mail out to the address on file. We highly encourage you to setup direct deposit. Go to this page for details: https://www.wc.edu/business-services/student-refund-choice

  1. Weatherford College will receive $10,286,422 in total funds, with student portion totaling $5,261,403.
  2. As of June 22, 2021 the total amount of funds disbursed to students is $0.
  3. The college estimates that approximately 4,500 students qualify and benefit from the Cares Act grant III funds (ARP) (HEERF III).
  4. A total of zero students have received the HEERF III funds.
  5. Weatherford College created an online application for the HEERF III funds for students to apply for grant money. Notices will be sent out to enrolled students starting in Fall 2021. Students are able to use any component of their cost of attendance for HEERF III funds to be covered by grant funds.

CARES Act II

Weatherford College has received a second round of student aid from the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) to distribute in the form of Emergency grant aid. The College will utilize eligibility criteria set forth in the CARES Act Grant as follows:

If you experience additional expenses as a result of the Covid-19 crisis such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

The amount of this grant will be $1,000 per student.

Eligibility requirements:

  1. Education has been affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

FAQs

Q: When will CARES II money be refunded?
A: We will be processing refunds the 1st and 3rd Monday’s of each month.

Q: How will I get my refunds?
A: Same as before. This is based on how you setup your refunds to go to such as direct deposit or physical check.

Q: Do I have to be enrolled in Spring 2021 to get this grant money?
A: Yes, at least 6 semester hours.

Q: Are dual credit students eligible?
A: Yes. Dual credit students are eligible.

  1. Weatherford College will receive $2,547,296.00 in total funding, with student portion totaling $1,273,848.00.
  2. As of June 22, 2021, the total amount of funds disbursed to students is $1,249,500.00.
  3. The college estimates that approximately 3000 students qualify and benefit from the Cares Act Grant II funds.
  4. A total of 1,253 students have received grant funds as of June 22, 2021.
  5. Weatherford College created an online application for the Cares Act Grant II funds for students to apply for funds. Notices where send out to all enrolled spring 2021 students who might be eligible. Students are able to use any component of their cost of attendance for Cares Act II grant funds.

CARES Act I

Question and Answers regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Also known as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).
 

Q:  Which students are eligible to receive HEERF funds?
A:  You must have been enrolled for the Spring 2020 semester as of March 13, 2020.

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, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. If a student has filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 the HEA. Students who have not filed a FAFSA but who are eligible to file a FAFSA also may receive emergency financial aid grants. The criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include but are not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.

International and Undocumented Students: ED's April 21 guidance states that students must meet Title IV eligibility requirements in order to receive HEERF-student share funds. Therefore, international and undocumented students are not eligible to receive emergency grants. 

Q:  Students must be Title IV eligible. What does that mean?
A:  Section 484 of the HEA states that Title IV eligible students must:

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program. 
  • Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school.
  • For currently enrolled students, be making satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans.
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan.
  • File "as part of the original financial aid application process" a certification that includes
  • A statement of educational purpose.
  • Student's SSN.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen.
  • Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges. 
  • Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits.
  • Have repaid Title IV loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently.
  • Have Selective Service registration verified.
  • Have Social Security Number verified.
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.

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Q:  Can schools apply student emergency grants to a student's account in order to pay off outstanding balances?
A: 
No. These funds must go directly to the student.  

Q:  If approved, how long will it take to receive this grant money?
A: 
If everything is in place such as FAFSA completed there are no other issues, these refunds will be issued weekly.

Q:  How do I apply for the Cares Act Grant?
A:  The Cares Act application is now closed. We no longer have any remaining grant funds.

Q:  What if I have already submitted the FAFSA to Weatherford College?
A:  Then we will have that information on file. If we do not, the Financial Aid Office will contact you.

Q:  Do I have to be making satisfactory academic progress to qualify for the CARES ACT  grant?
A:  Yes. If you are on financial aid suspension for whatever reason, you do not qualify.

Q:  How will I be notified if I qualify and receiving the CARES ACT grant?
A:  The financial aid office will be making these awards based on the 2020-2021 academic year in Coyote Connect. You can view the information online. We will also notify you via WC email.

Q:  How much Grant money will I receive?
A:  This is based on the request on the application and the limits set by Weatherford College.

Q:  If I qualify, how will I receive the grant money?
A :  This is based on how you setup your refund with Weatherford College. This could be by direct deposit if that is setup or deposited to your Coyote Card bank account. If you do not have this setup, a check will be mailed to you. We highly encourage you to setup direct deposit if you have not done so.

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1.  Weatherford College (WC) acknowledges that it has signed and returned the agreement to receive CARES Act Emergency Relief Funds and that it will use at least 50% of the allocated amounts for direct student aid. 

2.  The institution will receive $2,547,296.00 and in total funding, with the student portion totaling $1,273,848.00

3.  As of December 8, 2020, the total amount of funds disbursed to students is $1,273,848.00.

4.  The college estimates that approximately 1500 students will qualify and benefit from the CARES Act funds.

5.  A total of 1,283 students have received grant funds as of December 8, 2020.

6.  Weatherford College created an online application for students to use to apply for funds and emailed the web link to all currently enrolled students except those enrolled in dual credit or early admission programs. The application was based on the agreement with the CARES Act certification to only use funds for expenses related to the COVID-19 disruption of campus operations. The types of student expenses that will be reimbursed through the CARES Act funds include food, housing, course materials for moving to online instruction, technology, health care and child-care. Initial grant amounts range from $100 to $2,000 per student.

Students considered Title IV eligible and who were enrolled as of March 13, 2020 and completed the spring 2020 semester are eligible. 

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Rev: 8/5/2021