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: As of May 14, 2020, you must have completed the Spring 2020 semester AND be enrolled in a summer 2020 semester.
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 2019-2020 academic year. To see your award, go to MYWC, then Campus Connect, then financial aid awards. You will see the amount awarded to you. If you do not see any award and you do not qualify, the financial aid office will contact you by phone first.
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 June 3, 2020, the total amount of funds disbursed to students was $307,951.00.
4. The college estimates that approximately 1500 students will qualify and benefit from the CARES Act funds.
5. A total of 402 students have received funds as of June 3, 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 $1,000 per student.
Students considered Title IV eligible and who were enrolled as of March 13, 2020 and completed the spring 2020 semester are eligible. Additionally, once the spring 2020 semester end, students applying after this period, must be enrolled in summer 2020.
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