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Find out more about emergency financial assistance FAQs

Note: These FAQs are based on guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education as of May 13, 2020. Should the federal government issue further changes, WVU will update the FAQs and notify students and families as soon as possible.  

1. Who qualifies for CARES Act Emergency Grants for Summer 2020?

Summer CARES Act Emergency Grants are available to eligible students attending Summer 2020. Federal guidelines state that students must be eligible for Title IV aid to receive the emergency funds. This means students must:  

  • Have a valid 2019-2020 FAFSA on file 
  • Be an U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen 
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if born male) 
  • Not be in default on a prior student loan or owe a grant overpayment
  • Not have a state or federal conviction of possessing or selling drugs during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving any Title IV grant, loan, or work assistance. 
  • Be attending at least half-time (Pell-eligible students who are less than half-time may still be considered) 
  • Be admitted as a regular, degree-seeking student 
  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress 

Federal guidelines also state that students enrolled in programs that were exclusively online even before the COVID-19 outbreak are ineligible for the grant.

2. What if I am attending courses that do not span the entire length of the summer semester?

The University will review students in two rounds — those eligible by May 28, and those eligible by June 30 — to ensure that those who are attending part-of-term summer courses are considered.

Please note that in order to be considered “half-time” during the summer, undergraduates must attend 6 credit hours and graduate students must attend 3 credit hours. Financial aid and the CARES Act Emergency Grant will not disburse until students reach those total hours. For example, consider an undergraduate student who is taking 6 credit hours total during summer, with 3 credit hours starting in May and 3 credit hours starting in June. Their federal loans — and if applicable, the CARES Act Emergency Grant — will not disburse until after the June class starts and they officially reach 6 credit hours of attendance.

3. Do I need to submit an application to be considered for summer CARES Act Emergency Grants?

Yes. Like the process implemented for Spring 2020 Emergency CARES Act Grants, students attending classes this summer must submit an application to be considered. The application can be found online.

The application for the first round of summer grants opened on May 20 and closed May 28 at 5 p.m. The application for the second round of grants will open on June 22 and close June 30 at 5:00 p.m.

4. I did not yet complete a 2019-2020 FAFSA but still wish to apply for the emergency grant. Can I still submit a FAFSA?

Yes, you may still complete a FAFSA to be considered. Please visit the Federal Student Aid website or download the myStudentAid app via the Apple App Store or Google Play. Students must submit a valid FAFSA by either May 28 to be considered for the first round of grants or June 30 to be considered for the second round of grants.

5. If eligible, when will I receive my emergency grant?

Eligible students who have submitted a valid FAFSA and are attending half-time by May 28 will be awarded the week of June 15. Eligible students who have submitted a valid FAFSA and are attending half-time by June 30 will be awarded the grant the week of July 20. Please note that funds may be limited.

The quickest and most efficient method to receive your emergency grant is direct deposit. Please update your TMS Refund Portal with direct deposit information by May 28 to be awarded — if eligible — the week of June 15. Please update your direct deposit information by June 30 to be awarded — if eligible — the week of July 20.

If your TMS Refund Portal profile is not updated with direct deposit information, the University will mail the grant to you. Please ensure the mailing address in your TMS Refund Portal account is updated.

6. I am a graduate or a professional student. Am I eligible to apply for the summer emergency grant?

Yes, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria above.  

7. I am an international student. Am I eligible to apply for the summer emergency grant?

Unfortunately, due to restrictions by the U.S. Department of Education, most international students are ineligible for this aid. Students must have Title IV aid eligibility to be considered.  

8. How much emergency grant funding could I receive?

If you meet eligibility criteria, you may receive an emergency grant of up to $750 for the Summer 2020 semester. Students who are also eligible for the Pell Grant may receive an emergency grant of up to $1000 for the Summer 2020 semester.

9. Will the grant apply to the balance due on my account?

No, these emergency grants from the CARES Act will not apply to any outstanding balances. It is your choice if you would like to use your emergency grant to make a payment on your balance due, if applicable. 

10. Will there be additional emergency financial assistance available for fall?

The University is still working through the details of emergency financial assistance and support for fall. More information will be provided at a later date.