Congress allocated $1.25 billion to Wyoming as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and the state legislature passed new laws guiding how that money can be spent, including towards helping those who can benefit the most from further job training or college education. Governor Gordon allocated some of these CARES Act funds to the following grant programs which will assist students who have been impacted by the pandemic. This aid will fill gaps in funding after other available funding is used, including Pell and other sources of financial aid that do not cover the full cost of attendance.

CARES Wyoming Adult Grant: If you are a Wyoming resident between the ages of 25 and 64, and are unemployed or underemployed as a result of circumstances related to COVID-19, you may be eligible for a grant to help pay for any educational expenses other than tuition and mandatory fees, up to $2,500. This can include housing, food, transportation, books/supplies, and other costs.

CARES Wyoming College Grant: If you are a student who has been (or whose family has been) impacted by circumstances related to COVID-19, you may be eligible for financial assistance to help pay for housing and meals. There are no age specifications, no residency requirements, and funding is available for students living on or off-campus. Out-of-state students must be enrolled in at least one on-campus or synchronous delivery (Zoom) course to be eligible, and must be enrolled at least half-time (six credits) during the Fall 2020 semester.

Funds are available for Fall 2020 semester only. Application deadline is October 23, 2020 (or for as long as funds are available).

Students may be eligible for both grant programs. If you meet the criteria for both awards, complete both applications.

Students must be U.S. citizens and must complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA to confirm Title IV aid eligibility to be considered for CARES funds. Students must also be degree- or certificate-seeking. Grant amounts are determined by your estimated Cost of Attendance less other anticipated grant or scholarship awards, and are prorated based on enrollment status (full-time, three-quarter-time, half-time). Receipt of CARES funds may reduce your student loan eligibility.

Please contact EWC’s Financial Aid Office with questions: 307.532.8224 or