Coronavirus Updates and Information

CARES Act Emergency Funds to Students


The CARES Act make emergency funds available to students affected by the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. Find out if you are eligible and how funds will be distributed.

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The CARES Act, which established and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) has set aside funding to help educational institutions and their students. These funds were established to cover “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.’’ The University of Northwestern has been allocated $569,055 for COVID-19 pandemic relief using a formula based on student enrollment. This has been designated to provide students with emergency financial aid grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

Who is eligible for CARES Act Grants?

Students who were registered for the University of Northwestern spring semester courses on March 13, 2020 and who are not specifically excluded under the terms of the CARES Act.

Who is not eligible under the terms of the CARES Act Grants?

Concurrent high school students, postsecondary enrollment option (PSEO) students, those enrolled in non-credit courses or less than ½ time, international students, DACA students, those enrolled fully online prior to March 13, 2020.

How will eligible students receive their cash payment?

If you are eligible, you will receive payment through our normal refund process, ACH direct deposit or check. The disbursements will occur starting May 27, 2020.

The funds will be distributed as follows:

           Amount Awarded
Number of Students Receiving Awards
Total Amount Awarded

Pell Recipients enrolled in Spring as of March 13

$ 500

466

$233,000

Non-Pell Recipients enrolled in Spring as of March 13

$ 275

922

$253,550

Nursing Students – Summer (Cohorts 11 and 13)

$500

70

$35,000

Non-FAFSA Students who have not completed a FAFSA and complete a FAFSA now (available first come-first served.)

$47,505

TOTAL CARES Act Grants

1458

$569,055

If you are a student who did not complete a FAFSA, please email Financial Aid at financialaid@unwsp.edu to notify us that you will be completing the FAFSA for a CARES Act Grant (deadline to complete FAFSA is June 30, 2020.) Please contact Financial Aid for questions about the grants and if you have questions about the receipt of your funds, contact UNW Student Accounts.

Current Statistics:

                               Amount Awarded
Number of Students Receiving Awards
Total Amount Awarded

Pell Recipients enrolled in Spring as of March 13

$ 500

0

$0

Non-Pell Recipients enrolled in Spring as of March 13

$ 275

0

$0

Nursing Students – Summer (Cohorts 11 and 13)

$500

0

$0

Non-FAFSA Students who have not completed a FAFSA and complete a FAFSA now (available first come-first served.)

$275

0

$0

TOTAL CARES Act Grants

0

$0

Total eligible students to receive CARES Act Financial Aid 1,500

Selection Criteria:

A tiered system was used to determine eligibility for CARES Act Grants and how much each student could receive. For the majority of the funds, students must have been enrolled in spring 2020 on March 13 at least half time. Students must be eligible for Title IV funds under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and must not be enrolled in an online program of study on March 13. A small portion of the funds was reserved for students in the summer nursing cohorts.

Assertion:

The University has received these Federal grants as a result of our application for the CARES Act funds under the Higher Education Relief Funds in the CARES Act. The University has signed and agreed to the CARES Act Certification and Agreement documenting and assuring that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

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