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HIGHER EDUCATION
EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND (HEERF) II & III

WGU Statement and HEERF Reporting

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.

Scholarships are Available
WGU has a number of scholarships available. See if there is one that might help you make your education more affordable.

HEERF Quarterly Reporting

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.

Reporting Quarter

Total Grant Received by WGU:

WGU Disbursement to Date:

Students Who Received an Emergency Grant:

Estimated Eligible Students*: 

June 2021

$22,136,335

$18,534,550

11,988

22,590

September 2021

$37,094,272

$4,658,500

2,369

4,307

December 2021

$0

$23,137,000

14,541

22,671

March 2022

$0

$12,327,000

10,404

22,046

Reporting Quarter

Total Grant Received by WGU:

Reporting Quarter

WGU Disbursement to Date:

Reporting Quarter

Students Who Received an Emergency Grant:

Reporting Quarter

Estimated Eligible Students*: 

June 2021

$22,136,335

June 2021

$18,534,550

June 2021

11,988

June 2021

22,590

September 2021

$37,094,272

September 2021

$4,658,500

September 2021

2,369

September 2021

4,307

December 2021

$0

December 2021

$23,137,000

December 2021

14,541

December 2021

22,671

March 2022

$0

March 2022

$12,327,000

March 2022

10,404

March 2022

22,046

*Methodology: For full disclosure of HEERF II and HEERF III eligibility and award methodology, grant amounts, and method of disbursement, click the button.

June 2022

June 2022

*Methodology: For full disclosure of HEERF II and HEERF III eligibility and award methodology, grant amounts, and method of disbursement, click the button.