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WGU Student Emergency Aid Fund. Frequently asked questions.

What is the WGU Student Emergency Aid Fund?

The Fund will provide emergency aid to help current WGU students with non-tuition expenses that seriously jeopardize their academic journeys.

 

If you are a student seeking information on how to receive aid, please visit wgu.edu/emergencystudentaid for the latest information. 

 

How can people donate to the WGU Student Emergency Aid Fund?

Those fortunate enough to have the ability to donate to the WGU Student Emergency Aid Fund can donate directly online with a credit card by visiting wgu.edu/emergencyaid

Checks can be mailed to: 

WGU Advancement
Dept 372
PO Box 30015
Salt Lake City, UT 84130

 

For other donation methods, donors can connect with WGU Advancement by calling 385-428-6900 or emailing advancement@wgu.edu

 

How soon will students receive aid? 

The WGU Student Emergency Aid Fund is newly established and we need your help in building its foundation. With generous support from donors like you, students can begin receiving emergency aid by mid to late May 2020. For the latest information on financial resources available to students please visit wgu.edu/emergencystudentaid 

 

When can students apply and how will students in need be identified?  

The WGU Student Emergency Aid Fund will start to become available to limited student populations in mid to late May, and will become more broadly available in the following weeks. The process for requesting and receiving aid will be communicated to students and faculty when the Fund is accessible. Funds will be available to students in immediate financial need, as determined by WGU’s Scholarship and Financial Aid departments. Aid will be allocated based on need and inquiry. 

We realize that many students need financial support as soon as possible. Students seeking information on immediate financial support can visit wgu.edu/emergencystudentaid
 

How will I know how my donation was received and will make a difference? 

All donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt and future communication about the impact their gift has made to WGU students. 

 

Will my contact information be sold or shared with any other entity? 

No. 

 

How long will WGU provide this level of support to its students? 

The WGU Student Emergency Aid Fund will not end when COVID-19 subsides. The Fund will be sustained to ensure that high-need students have a safety net during future disasters and crises.  

 

Can alumni benefit from this fund as well?

The WGU Student Emergency Aid Fund supports current WGU students only. 

 

Why should I give to WGU over other universities?  

The spread of the Coronavirus and its far-reaching impact will affect us all in some way, but many of our students—more than 70% of which are from an underserved population—will often be hit the hardest. We’re proud of the affordability we offer but understand that when faced with economic disruptions of this magnitude, food insecurity, housing insecurity and medical expenses will always outweigh tuition. We hope that our alumni and friends, especially those who understand the value of a WGU degree, will pay it forward in these trying times.  

 

If you have additional questions, please email us at advancement@wgu.edu.