Wilmington College Receives HEERF III Funding to Distribute Emergency Grants to Students through the ARP Act
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, or ARP, was signed into law on March 11, 2021, and includes nearly $40 billion for institutions of higher education. These funds are the third stream of funding to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, or HEERF, and as such represent HEERF III. The funding is, in part, designed to assist higher education institutions to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Previous funding was received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act (CRRSAA).
Wilmington College was awarded $2,046,010 from the HEERF III portion of the ARP Act fund, designated for student financial support to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. These funds are in addition to the previously received CARES (HEERF I) and CRRSAA (HEERF II) awards, totaling $1,514,460. The purpose of the funds is to assist students with unpredicted expenses resulting from the challenges created by COVID-19. Examples of reimbursable expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare. The ARP grants are awarded on a first come, first-serve basis until the funds are depleted. As of Sept. 30, 2022, the College has disbursed $3,312,180 in CARES/CRRSAA/ARP funds (hereafter noted as CARES Grants) to unique students.
Wilmington College students must meet the eligibility requirements listed below. More than 95% of our currently enrolled students are eligible for consideration of a CARES 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 resulting from 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 Grant:
The initial CARES Act Grant of $250 was issued to eligible students the week of June 8. These funds were disbursed to students via direct deposits or by paper check mailed to the home address on file.
Eligible students enrolled for Spring 2020 who experienced financial hardship in excess to the initial grant were able to submit a CARES Act Grant Request Form for consideration of additional funding. The Committee reviewed requests and distributed funds accordingly. It is important to note that grants were awarded on a first come, first-serve basis. Students were not guaranteed approval of the full amount requested.
Eligible students enrolled for Fall 2020 received a disbursement of $347 to assist with expenses associated with the continued pandemic as it relates to higher education.
Eligible students enrolled for Spring 2021 received a disbursement of $743 to assist with expenses associated with the continued pandemic as it relates to higher education.
Eligible students enrolled for Fall 2021 received a disbursement of $1,000 to assist with expenses associated with the continued pandemic as it relates to higher education.
Eligible students enrolled for Spring 2022 received a disbursement of $1,300 to assist with expenses associated with the continued pandemic as it relates to higher education.
Disbursements are expected to continue until there are no longer remaining funds.
Eligible students validate financial need and request funds through an online Grant Request Form for the corresponding enrollment term.
Grant distribution may be verified through WILpay. Students are encouraged to 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