On April 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education released details regarding its distribution of coronavirus assistance to college students under the CARES Act. This assistance is meant as emergency funding for students impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 epidemic to help cover unforeseen expenses such as food, housing, technology, health care, child care, and course-related materials.
Funding is limited, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Because student eligibility requirements are the same as for Title IV federal financial aid funding, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to determine eligibility for CARES Act Emergency Funding. If you have not yet completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA, please do so immediately. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 307.532.8224 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
The minimum award for students is typically $250; awards in excess of that will be determined by the explanation and identified needs on the application as well as criteria from student and financial aid records. Students must be currently enrolled for the Spring 2020 semester to apply for emergency funds.
Funds will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office as CARES Act Emergency Funding and will not be used to cover any outstanding balance or tuition/fee charges for future terms. Refunds will be mailed directly to the student, so it is imperative that EWC has the correct mailing address on file.
For students returning for Fall 2020
Please be aware that the Financial Aid Office has the ability to perform changes to a student’s FAFSA with appropriate documentation. The 2020-2021 FAFSA is based on 2018 tax and income information which may be starkly different than what a family may have available now to contribute to a student’s education. Students whose family situation has changed because of a temporary or permanent job loss, or otherwise is facing reduced wages or income due to the coronavirus outbreak are encouraged to complete an appeal to allow us to make appropriate changes and re-evaluate their need-based aid eligibility. Forms are available below.
Dependent Income Change Appeal form (provided parent info on FAFSA)
Independent Income Change Appeal form (did NOT provide parent info on FAFSA)
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