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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 July 20, 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.

Students may use emergency funds for any component of their cost of attendance or emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus such as: tuition; food; housing; health care (including mental health); child care.

Current guidance states students with exceptional need must be prioritized. Therefore, we strongly encourage eligible students to have a 2021-2022 FAFSA on file. If you have not already done so, please go to http://www.studentaid.gov to complete your FAFSA. We strongly encourage students to file their FAFSA by September 30, 2021.

If you are not eligible to file a FAFSA, additional information will be available for you at the beginning of the Fall semester.

Watch this website and your campus email for further information!

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

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.