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CARES ACT Student Grant Application

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CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund:
Student Emergency Financial Aid Grants: 30-day Report


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
, which was passed by Congress and signed into law in March, provides for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses. Western New England University’s portion of the CARES Act for student emergency grant aid is $1,342,302.

We recognize that many of our students have incurred expenses because of the pandemic. Our goal is to get this money into the hands of our students as quickly as possible to help alleviate financial stress brought about by the pandemic.

The University will award the student emergency relief grant aid using an application request process. Students eligible for these funds must be an enrolled student in the spring 2020 semester; students enrolled in an exclusively on-line only program before March 13 are not eligible for these grants. We urge students to apply for these funds if they have incurred any eligible expenses. You may find the COVID-19 Emergency Grant Request application and related instructions here. To qualify for CARES Act HEERF student grant aid, students must be eligible for federal aid. To ensure eligibility students should have a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file, if not please file the 2020-21 FAFSA at studentaid.gov. 

Applications received by June 5 will receive priority consideration. Notification will be sent to the student’s WNE email. Checks will be mailed to students awarded grants. 

For more information on the CARES HEERF grants, contact Enrollment Services at WNECARES@wne.edu.

Students returning in the fall who have experienced a significant loss of income or are not eligible for the COVID-19 Emergency Grants from the CARES funding please contact Enrollment Services at finaid@wne.edu or 413-796-2080 for more information.