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Higher Education Relief Grant (Spring 2021) - CLOSED

THIS APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED

Background

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) makes available funding for UW-Whitewater to provide emergency relief grants to students for a component of the cost of attendance or for COVID-related emergency costs, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. 

If you meet the student eligibility criteria (described in the next section), you may be eligible for a federal Higher Education Relief Grant.

See below under the Application Process tab for application information. The submission deadline for the application is Monday, March 15, 2021.

Student Eligibility

  • Be enrolled spring 2021 for at least 1 credit as a degree-seeking student.
    • Students who graduated at the end of fall 2020 or winterim 2021 are ineligible.
    • Incoming students admitted for summer or fall 2021 are ineligible.
  • As the CRRSAA legislation requires students with exceptional need be prioritized, a 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA must have been submitted to make this determination. Exceptional need is typically identified by Federal Pell Grant eligibility.
    • If a 2020-2021 FAFSA has not been filed, proceed with completing one immediately.  Processing time by the US Department of Education is typically 5-7 business days.  Ensure that the FAFSA is submitted to the US Department of Education in enough time to allow the FAFSA to be received by UW-Whitewater (FAFSA school code 003926) by March 15.
    • The 2020-2021 FAFSA needs to be error-free, not rejected and not missing a signature(s), with a calculated Expected Family Contribution.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen as defined on the FAFSA.
  • Unlike funding under the CARES Act, students failing Satisfactory Academic Progress and those enrolled exclusively in online programs are eligible.
  • Funds are needed by the student for a component of the cost of attendance or for COVID-related emergency costs, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.
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Grant Amount

The amount of the relief grant award will be contingent on the number of applications received by March 15, 2021 and the number of students deemed eligible for an award, including Pell Grant eligible students.

Application Process

  • Complete the application through the Application button above and submit the form - you will need to log in using your UW-W credentials to access the online form. If you have questions about the application, contact the UW-W Financial Aid Office. The submission deadline for the application is Monday, March 15, 2021.
  • After the application closes on March 15, the UW-W Financial Aid Office will begin review. For those who do not meet eligibility criteria, a notice of ineligibility will be sent by Tuesday, March 23 to the student at their UW-W email address.
  • By March 23, an award to eligible students will be made in WINS. When the award is made, an approval notification will be sent to the student at their UW-W email address.
  • For students who receive an award, the relief grant will be reflected on your WINS student account by the morning of Thursday, March 25. 
    • The UW-W Cashier’s Office will process your refund within 5-7 business days of the funds crediting your WINS account.
    • To receive the refund faster, sign up for electronic deposit of refunds if you have not done so.
  • The amount of the grant award will be contingent on the number of applications received by March 15 and the number of students deemed eligible for an award, including Pell Grant eligible students.
  • Late applicants, including the 2020-2021 FAFSA component addressed above, will be ineligible for funds.

Frequently Asked Questions

To be eligible for this grant, a 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA must be received by UW-Whitewater by Monday, March 15, 2021. If you have not completed a 2020-2021 FAFSA yet, you can still do so online at FAFSA.gov

In an effort to meet the FAFSA requirement, ensure that you complete a 2020-2021 FAFSA, not a 2021-2022 FAFSA, if you have not completed either at this time.

No. You must meet the student eligibility requirements addressed above and apply by March 15, 2021, including submission of an error-free 2020-2021 FAFSA to UW-Whitewater.

You will receive an email at your UW-W email address by Tuesday, March 23. 

No. This grant is only for students who are currently enrolled during the spring 2021 semester. 

After the application closes on March 15, 2021, the UW-W Financial Aid Office will begin review. For those who do not meet eligibility criteria, a notice of ineligibility will be sent by Tuesday, March 23 to the student at their UW-W email address. By March 23, an award to eligible students will be made in WINS.  When the award is made, an approval notification will be sent to the student at their UW-W email address.

For students who receive an award, the relief grant will be reflected on your WINS student account by the morning of Thursday, March 25. The UW-W Cashier’s Office will process your refund within 5-7 business days of the funds crediting your WINS account. To receive the refund faster, sign up for electronic deposit of refunds if you have not done so.

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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
130 Hyer Hall
800 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190

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