Updated: August 3, 2020
On April 13, 2020 and on April 24, 2020, Western Carolina University signed and returned to the Department of Education the required Funding Certification and Agreement forms and agrees that the University has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
The communication methods Western Carolina University utilized were direct email to all students, as well as postings to various social media accounts. If students applied to the Student Affairs Emergency Fund by accident, they were directed to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF).
Emergency Financial Aid Grants are available to eligible Western Carolina University students who experienced unexpected expenses that were directly related to changes in campus operations due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The grant assistance is available to undergraduate and graduate residential degree-seeking students who are eligible to be considered for financial aid. Emergency grants can be used to help cover out-of-pocket expenses related to child care, food, housing, medical or health care costs, technology and travel. The funds cannot be used to cover lost wages or for tuition assistance.
Western Carolina University is currently considering optons for distributing the remaining funds required to be distributed as Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
Western Carolina University maintains a Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) FAQ website for additional information.