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Federal Emergency Funds

Recent updates on federal emergency funds

Learn more about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), and the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

Updated Oct. 6, 2021
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HEERF III: The American Rescue Plan (ARP)
HEERF II: The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)
HEERF I: UWEC CARES Emergency Fund

HEERF III: The American Rescue Plan (ARP)

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) includes additional COVID-19 relief for institutions of higher education. This new COVID stimulus bill included $40 billion, available through September 30, 2023, for higher education institutions and students, using the same Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) model established in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. UW Eau Claire’s allocation of Emergency Grants for Students is $10,077,284.

Emergency Grants will not be applied to student accounts. The funds will be refunded directly to students and may be used for any component of the cost of attendance or emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus such as: tuition; food; housing; health care (including mental health); child care.

Federal guidance requires that domestic students with exceptional need must be prioritized when disbursing the Emergency Grants for Students. To be eligible for Emergency Grants for Students, UW-Eau Claire students are required to be active students in a degree-seeking program after the 10th day of classes during the Fall 2021 semester (including programs offered exclusively online).

Below is UW-Eau Claire’s plan for spending HEERF III Emergency funds for students:

For the quarter ending June 30th, 2021:

  • The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire signed and returned the Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students and will use no less than the required amount of funds received to provide HEERF grants to students.
  • UW-Eau Claire was allocated $10,077,284 in Emergency Funds to distribute to students.
  • $0 in Emergency Grants has been distributed to students.
  • UW Eau Claire is reviewing data to estimate the total number of students that may be eligible to receive an emergency grant.
  • 0 students have received an Emergency Grant.
  • The method by which UW Eau Claire will determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants, and how much students will receive under Section 2003(a)(1) and (a)(4) of the ARP (HEERF III) is under development to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire signed and returned the Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students and will use no less than the required amount of funds received to provide HEERF grants to students.

  • UW-Eau Claire was allocated $10,077,284 in Emergency Funds to distribute to students.
  • $9,593,365 in Emergency Grants have been distributed to students.
  • 5,947 students have received an Emergency Grant.
  • To be eligible for Emergency Grants for Students under Section 2003(a)(1) and (a)(4) of the ARP (HEERF III), UW-Eau Claire students are required to be:
    • Active students in a degree-seeking program after the 10th day of classes during the Fall 2021 semester (including programs offered exclusively online)

No application was required for students with a completed 2021-22 FAFSA on file and an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 30,000 or less. Tiered block grants were awarded to students on October 6th, 2021. Pell grant recipients received the highest dollar amount.

EFC Range

Number of Eligible Students

HEERF III Award

Total

0-5,846

1,988

$2,200

$4,373,600

5,847-10,000

658

$2,000

$1,316,000

10,001-15,000

737

$1,750

$1,289,750

15,001-25,000

1,124

$1,500

$1,686,000

25,001-30,000

431

$1,000

$431,000

4,938

$9,096,350

No application or FAFSA was required for students enrolled in a course designated as a High Impact Practice. The list of eligible students was provided by Institutional Research. 994 students enrolled in course(s) designated as High Impact Practices that did not receive a block grant were awarded $500

  • Tentatively October 18th - invite students who did not receive HEERF III Emergency Funds based on their FAFSA or being enrolled in a course designated as a High Impact Practice to submit an e-form requesting HEERF III Emergency Funds. The link to the e-form will be emailed to student’s campus email. The Financial Aid Staff will review e-forms and notify students of the outcome.

If funds remain, they will be spent in Spring 2022.

  • The university has instructed students to file a FAFSA in order to be considered for HEERF III funds via information on the Federal Emergency Funds website . In addition, the university sent postcards to all students encouraging them to file a FAFSA, request a Professional Judgement consideration if their circumstances have changed, and directed them to the Emergency Funds website for updated information. Last, the university created bookmarks and dispersed them across campus which explained the process by which students can request a Professional Judgement.

HEERF II: The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire signed and returned the Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. UW-Eau Claire was allocated $3,545,978 in Emergency Funds to distribute to students. 

As of March 10, 2021 we have exhausted our full allocation.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 included additional COVID-19 relief through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act. This new COVID stimulus bill included $23 billion for higher education institutions and students, using the same Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) model established in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

UW Eau Claire is continuing our support of our most financially vulnerable students during the Pandemic by awarding $3,545,978 in emergency grants to 4,313 students (of the possible 6,712 students eligible). We have prioritized students with exceptional need as determined by the FAFSA.

All students enrolled in Spring who did not have a FAFSA on file were emailed in February to file a FAFSA if they wanted to be considered for funding. UW Eau Claire awarded degree-seeking students with a complete FAFSA on file and enrolled in the 2021 Spring term an emergency grant on March 10, 2021. Pell-eligible students received $1,000, while students with an EFC up to $12,000 (and not pell-eligible) received $800 and students with an EFC of $12,001 up to just over $22,000 were awarded an emergency grant in the amount of up to $600.

Per federal requirements, refunds were disbursed directly to students. Students can determine how to use their refund including to pay their student account balance.

At the time of awarding, non-citizens were ineligible to receive federal emergency grants.

HEERF I: UWEC CARES Emergency Fund

We have exhausted our full allocation.

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.

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 fafsa.gov.

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:
You are not eligible for UWEC CARES if:

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.

Questions

For questions about the UWEC CARES fund, please contact Blugold Central at blugoldcentral@uwec.edu 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.