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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.

The CRRSAA, which established and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) has set aside additional funding of $569,055 for a broader population of the institution to help cover expenses related to the continued disruption of campus operation due to COVID-19. Students do not need to qualify for Title IV funding to be eligible and Distance Learning students are now eligible.

Who is eligible for CARES HEERF I/HEERF II 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 are eligible for the HEERF I funds.

Students who were enrolled in the University of Northwestern 2021 spring semester on 3/1/21 and who are not specifically excluded under the terms of the CRRSAA are eligible for the HEERF II funds.

Who is not eligible under the terms of the CARES Act HEERF I/HEERF II Grants?

HEERF I - 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.

HEERF II- Concurrent high school students, postsecondary enrollment option (PSEO) students, those enrolled in non-credit courses, international students, DACA students.

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 for HEERF I will occur starting May 27, 2020. If eligible for the HEERF II funds your disbursements will occur starting March 25, 2021.

CARES Act - HEERF I/HEERF II Awards Plan

HEERF I:
   Amount Awarded
Number of Student Awards
Total Amount Awarded

Pell Recipients enrolled in 2020 Spring as of March 13, 2020

$ 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

$275

21 $   6,950
Pell Recipients enrolled in Spring 2021 as of March 1, 2021 - Full Time$38994$   4,072
Pell Recipients enrolled in Spring 2021 as of March 1, 2021 - Part Time$254.5016$  36,483

Total HEERF I Grants

1,589

$569,055

HEERF II:
   Amount Awarded
Number of Student Awards
Total Amount Awarded
Full-Time Students$3891347$523,983.00
Part-Time Students$254.50177$  45,129.50

Total HEERF II Grants

1,524

$569,112.50

Total eligible students to receive CARES Act – HEERF I Emergency Financial Aid is 1,589.
Total eligible students to receive CRRSAA – HEERF II Emergency Financial Aid is 1,524.

Please contact Financial Aid at financialaid@unwsp.edu for questions about the grants and if you have questions about the receipt of your funds, contact UNW Student Accounts at studentaccounts@unwsp.edu.

     

Current Statistics:

HEERF I:
Amount Awarded
Adjusted Total of
Students awards Received
Amount of Student
Awards Received
Total Amount of Awards
Pell Recipients enrolled in 2020 Spring as of March 13, 2020 $ 500.00 466 $ 233,000.00 $ 233,000.00
Non-Pell Recipients enrolled in Spring as of March 13 $ 275.00 922 $ 253,550.00 $ 253,550.00
Nursing Students - Summer (Cohorts 11 and 13) $ 500.00 70 $ 35,000.00 $ 35,000.00
Non-FAFSA Students who have not completed a FAFSA and complete a FAFSA now Various 21 $ 6,950.00 $ 6,950.00
Pell Recipients enrolled in Spring 2021 as of March 1, 2021 - Full Time $ 389.00 94 $ 4,072.00 $ 4,072.00
Pell Recipients enrolled in Spring 2021 as of March 1, 2021 - Part Time $ 254.50 16 $ 36,483.00 $ 36,483.00
Total HEERF I Grants 1589 $ 569,055.00 $ 569,055.00
HEERF II:
Amount Awarded
Adjusted Total of
Students Awards Received
Amount of Student
Awards Received
Total Amount of Awards
Full-Time Students $ 389.00 1347 $ 523,983.00 $ 523,983.00
Part-Time Students $ 254.50 117 $ 45,129.50 $ 45,129.50
Total HEERF I Grants 1524 $ 569,112.50 $ 569,112.50
Total HEERF Funds Awarded as of 3/25/213113
$ 1,138,167.50$ 1,138,167.50

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.

A broader system was used to spread across the entire University enrolled population for this distribution giving consideration of all the students in contrast to the first stimulus that was focused on the students with greater financial need (PELL). Part-time students received 65% of what a full time student received.

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 and to use the same amount for the CRRSAA (HEERF II) Grants.

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