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WVU awards emergency grants to students for spring, announces CARES Act Emergency Grants for summer

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The American Sycamore tree outside of E. Moore Hall is seen as a reflection on the glass of the Mountainlair March 12, 2020. (WVU Photo/Brian Persinger)

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West Virginia University has awarded $6.72 million in emergency grants to students from funds provided through the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act. 

8,003 students that met the eligibility criteria required by the U.S. Department of Education were awarded emergency grants of $750 for the Spring 2020 semester to assist with need due to COVID-19’s disruption to campus. Qualifying students who are also eligible for the Pell Grant received $1,000 for the Spring 2020 semester.

The University received $20.2 million from the federal stimulus package enacted to provide significant relief to higher education. Approximately $10 million is designated to provide direct emergency assistance to students with financial need stemming from COVID-19-related disruption of campus operations, including cost of attendance expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare.

In order to continue supporting students in these uncertain times, West Virginia University will distribute CARES Act Emergency Grants to eligible students who are attending Summer 2020 courses. Like the process implemented for CARES Act Emergency Grants in the spring, students will need to submit an application to be considered for a grant this summer. 

Please note that previous guidance from the Department of Education requires students to be eligible for Title IV aid in order to qualify for the grant. To determine Title IV eligibility, those who wish to be reviewed for the funds must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file for the 2019-2020 academic year. Federal guidelines also state that students enrolled in programs that were exclusively online are ineligible for the grant.

Students who have not completed a FAFSA can still do so by visiting the Federal Student Aid website or downloading the myStudentAid app via the Apple App store or Google Play. For full CARES Act Emergency Grant eligibility requirements, please visit WVU’s FAQ page.

Those who meet the CARES Act Emergency Grant eligibility requirements may receive up to $375 for the Summer 2020 semester. Those who meet the eligibility requirements and are also eligible for the Pell Grant may receive up to $500 for the Summer 2020 semester. 

The University will review students in two rounds — those eligible by May 28, and those eligible by June 30 — to ensure those who are attending part-of-term summer courses are considered. The online application will be open from May 20 to May 28 at 4:45 p.m. for the first round and from June 22 to June 30 at 4:45 p.m. for the second.

Eligible students who have submitted an online application, completed a FAFSA and are attending half-time by May 28 will be awarded the week of June 15. Eligible students who have submitted an online application, completed a FAFSA and are attending half-time by June 30 will be awarded the grant the week of July 20. Please note that funds may be limited. Please see FAQs for more details on what is considered “half-time” during summer.

Additionally, the Department of Education has determined that a student is not eligible if they were enrolled in programs that were exclusively online even before COVID-19 closures.

Questions about the CARES Act Emergency Grants can be directed to If assistance is needed to complete the FAFSA, please submit an online ticket to the Mountaineer Hub or call the Hub at 304-293-1988.

This announcement is based on the latest guidance available from the Department of Education. It is subject to change should there be updates to how the government requires the University to distribute the funds. WVU will notify students and families as soon as possible of any further changes.



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