Wilmington College Receives CARES Act Funds to Distribute Emergency Grants to Students
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act established and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) designed in part to provide emergency financial aid grants (called CARES Act Grants) to students experiencing unexpected financial challenges related to the disruption of on-campus operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wilmington College was recently awarded $757,000 designated for student financial support from the CARES Act fund to ease the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The purpose of these funds are to assist students with unpredicted expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care incurred as a result of the transition from on-campus classes to online learning environments precipitated by COVID-19. The CARES Act Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis until the funds are depleted.
Wilmington College students must meet the eligibility requirements listed below. More than 90% of our currently enrolled students are eligible for consideration of a CARES Act Grant. To qualify, students must:
There may be additional eligibility requirements for students in unique circumstances. Those situations impact a small percentage of our students, and contact will be made with the student should they be ineligible to receive a grant.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the following unexpected expenses students encountered as a result of the pandemic qualify for grant funding:
While students are not required to submit receipts along with the request, it is highly recommended that students retain supporting documentation and receipts to validate the request should an audit become necessary.
Expenses not covered by the CARES Act Grant
The Wilmington College CARES Act Grant Committee will issue a one-time, $250 grant to all qualified students.
The initial CARES Act Grant will be issued to students the week of June 8. These funds will be disbursed to students via direct deposits or by paper check mailed to the home address on file. For timely access to funds, enroll in eRefund (in WILpay) to set up direct deposit. Paper checks require additional processing time.
Students experiencing financial hardship in excess to the initial grant may submit a CARES Act Grant Request Form for consideration of additional funding. The Committee will review requests and distribute funds accordingly. It is important to note that grants are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis while funds remain available. Students are not guaranteed approval of the full amount requested.
Eligible students may apply for additional funds by following the link below and completing the CARES Act Grant Request Form:
Requests for additional CARES Act Grants will begin to release the week of June 15. Please allow 10-14 days for the CARES Act Committee to review and process requests received after June 15. Grant distribution may be verified through WILpay. Enroll in eRefund (in WILpay) for the quickest turnaround time to access funds.
The CARES Act Grants:
If additional information is needed, please contact the CARES Act Committee at: CARESACT@wilmington.edu