Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II
WGU Statement & HEERF Reporting
WGU students were included in the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II, 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.
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.
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 or a prepaid debit card.
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 grant and do not need to report the funds as income on their federal tax return.
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 emergency grants, several options are available. Visit Student Financial Resources for scholarships, grants, and other support.
Western Governors University has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement form. Pursuant to the requirements under the CRRSAA and ARP, 100% of funds will be used for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
Total Grant Received by WGU:
WGU Disbursement to Date:
Students Who Received an Emergency Grant:
Estimated Eligible Students:
*Grant eligibility methodology: Undergraduate students identified through FAFSA filing who had an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 0 and levels of awards based on federal poverty levels. $2400 to students <50%, $1700 to students 50–75%, $1000 to students 76–100%, and $750 to students >100%.