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COVID-19 Federal Relief

UWEC CARES emergency funds no longer available

Thank you for your interest in UWEC CARES funds. UW-Eau Claire was allocated $3,545,978 in Emergency Funds to distribute to students. Under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, as of July 1, 2020, we were able to distribute $3,545,978 in CARES funds to 2,643 students.

At this time we have exhausted our allocation and will no longer be able to accept requests or distribute funds.

Last updated Dec. 1, 2020

If you are a dependent student (for financial aid purposes) and your parent(s) are experiencing an employment loss/reduction in income or increased medical expenses, you may wish to complete a financial aid appeal form. In order to submit an appeal, you will need a 2020-2021 FAFSA on file at UWEC as these appeals will be processed for the next academic year. If you have not filed your 2020-2021 FAFSA, do so now at

Please note that not all situations will warrant an adjustment to a student’s financial aid, however, we will carefully review every appeal submitted. 

About the UWEC CARES emergency fund

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire signed and returned the Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. At least 50% of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants are earmarked for students and their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. The total amount of HEERF funds dedicated to students is $3,545,978. There are approximately 7,079 students eligible to receives CARES funds at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

As of May 21, 2020, we have distributed $3,458,800 in CARES Funds to 2,578 students. In addition to CARES Funds, UW Eau Claire has provided $206,047 in Foundation and Institutional emergency grants to 397 students for covid-19 related expenses.

Students received information on how to apply for funds from an email from the Chancellor as well as in the bi-weekly COVID-19 email update and in the Chancellor’s briefing. In addition, students can find information about the UWEC CARES funds on the COVID-19 webpage.

UWEC CARES eligibility

UWEC students who have incurred expenses because of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic should apply for funds as soon as possible. Unexpected expenses related to the pandemic may include costs for food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, childcare and more. Awards will be determined based on expenses reported by students but not to exceed $2,000.

Per the Department of Education, CARES Funds have specific eligibility requirements.
To be eligible for UWEC CARES, you must:
  • Be eligible to receive federal financial aid. For example, students must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. 
  • Have a current FAFSA on file. If you have not filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA or 2020-2021 FAFSA, do so now at
  • Be a currently enrolled student.
You are not eligible for UWEC CARES if:
  • You were exclusively an “online-only” student on March 13.
  • You are simultaneously enrolled in high school and college.
  • You are an undocumented or international student.

If you are an international student, please contact CIE about alternate funding sources. If you were an exclusively online student as of March 13, 2020, please contact Blugold Central to inquire about other funding possibilities.

UWEC CARES application

To be considered for UWEC CARES funds, you must complete an application and follow the steps outlined below. 

To apply:
  1. Ensure you have a 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 FAFSA on file. If you do not have a FAFSA on file, click here.
  2. Set up a direct deposit. For the fastest access to emergency relief money, make sure you have a direct deposit in place. You may set up a direct deposit here. If you do not have a bank account and are planning to receive the check in the mail, please ensure your address is updated in CampS.
  3. Fill out the UWEC CARES application.
Distribution and use of funding

UWEC CARES funds will be disbursed directly to you and will not be used to pay down a student account balance. You can determine how to use the funds after they are distributed.


For questions about the UWEC CARES fund, please contact Blugold Central at or 715-836-3000. Staff are available to respond to emails and voicemails from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Email continues to be the most efficient way to contact Blugold Central.