WGU students were included in the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II & III, which was authorized through passage of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act in December 2020. This federal funding is being disbursed as student emergency aid grants. Eligible students who may be experiencing financial hardships because of the pandemic will receive grants to offset the cost of attendance. Funding can be used to ease financial burdens related to tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health needs), and childcare.
Who is Eligible?
The Department of Education has stipulated that emergency grants help students who are most in need. Students must meet the criteria of “exceptional financial need,” such as Pell Grant eligibility or have significant unexpected expenses such as loss of employment for themselves or a household member, reduced income, or food and housing insecurity. WGU automatically contacts eligible students.
Refer to the Student Handbook for more information.
How Will Grants be Communicated and Disbursed to Students?
Eligible students receive email communications about their emergency aid grant eligibility with instructions on how to claim the funds. Disbursements are made via direct deposit, paper check, or a prepaid debit card.
How Can Students Spend HEERF Grants?
Students may spend their grants for any expense related to their cost of attendance such as: tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health), and childcare. Students do not need to report to the federal government how they spend their HEERF II and III grant and do not need to report the funds as income on their federal tax return.
What Aid is Available for Students Who Were Not Eligible for HEERF II & III?
WGU recognizes that with more than 130,000 Night Owls, many more students may be experiencing financial hardships than we are able to help with federal HEERF money.
WGU endeavors to help as many students as possible. For those who were not eligible for HEERF II & III emergency grants, several options are available. Visit Student Financial Resources for scholarships, grants, and other support.