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WVU to continue distributing emergency CARES grants to students

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Martin Hall is snow capped on a cold, wintry day Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (WVU Photo/Jennifer Shephard)

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Eligible, degree-seeking students at any West Virginia University campus can receive emergency grants through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II, part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. WVU will continue distributing its allotted $10,087,116 in emergency grants to students who qualify.

The first phase of grants awarded eligible students who were spring 2021 recipients of the Federal Pell Grant. Now, in an effort to continue assisting students with the greatest financial need, the remaining funds will be used to award eligible non-Pell recipients based on their Expected Family Contribution as determined by their 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Eligible non-Pell recipients with an EFC of zero to $10,000 may receive a spring emergency grant in the amount of $750. Eligible non-Pell recipients with an EFC of $10,001 to $20,000 may receive a spring emergency grant in the amount of $500. Students with an EFC greater than $20,000 will not be considered for the grant at this time. Graduate and professional students who meet the outlined eligibility criteria will be considered in this second phase of spring 2021 grants.

Students whose financial situations have been drastically negatively impacted since submitting their 2020-2021 FAFSA may submit a Family Contribution Appeal. A Family Contribution Appeal requests that the University review and update FAFSAs to reflect changes in household financial situations. Note that the 2020-2021 FAFSA is based on 2018 tax information. FCAs must be submitted by Monday, March 8, at 4:45 p.m. ET to be considered when determining spring 2021 grant eligibility.

Students who are at least half-time and have had a 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid on file with WVU by Feb. 5, 2021, will be automatically considered for a Spring 2021 CRRSAA Emergency Grant.

For more information about eligibility, timelines, direct deposit and more, see our FAQ. Questions about this grant can be directed to

This announcement is based on the latest guidance available from the U.S. Department of Education and is subject to change. WVU will notify students and families as soon as possible of any changes.



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