CARES Act | Webster University

CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

CARES HEERF Reporting Update - July 2, 2020

  1. Webster University signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 9, 2020. The University intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. The University received $1,758,529 on April 21, 2020, from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 2, 2020, is $1,758,529.
  4. 4,548 students enrolled in the 2019-2020 Spring semester filed a FAFSA and were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  5. 1,658 students received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  6. The University made every effort to contact all students regarding available funding and added a website devoted to the Emergency Financial Aid Grants at http://www.webster.edu/covid19/cares-act.html. Students applied via an application found through the student portal and eligible students are awarded based on their Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated on their 2019-2020 FAFSA.
  7. Based on the number of applicants and eligible students, awardees received $1,300 per undergraduate student and $800 per graduate student.

Final Distribution

 
  Awarded Grants
Undergraduate 869 $1,129,700
Graduate 789 $631,000
Total 1,658 $1,760,900*

*1,871 in grants from institutional portion of CARES HEERF

CARES Act '30-Day Fund Report' - May 20, 2020

Each institution applying for HEERF funds is directed to comply with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act and submit an initial report (the “30-day Fund Report”) to the Secretary thirty (30) days from the date of the institution’s Certification and Agreement to the Department. The '30-Day Fund Report' information follows:
  1. Webster University signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 9, 2020. The University intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. The University received $1,758,529 on April 21, 2020, from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 20, 2020, is $928,000.
  4. 4,548 students enrolled in the 2019-2020 Spring semester filed a FAFSA and were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  5. As of May 20, 2020, 1,266 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  6. The University made every effort to contact all students regarding available funding and added a website devoted to the Emergency Financial Aid Grants at http://www.webster.edu/covid19/cares-act.html. Students must apply via an application found through the student portal ("Connections") and eligible students are awarded based on their Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated on their 2019-2020 FAFSA.

About CARES Act Funding 

Updated May 20, 2020: Below is the information shared with Webster students about the opportunity to apply for CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants. The application window for these grants through Webster closed on May 15, 2020, and on-going distribution of funds began the week of May 18. The information below is retained for informational purposes.

Introduction

If you are a Webster University student experiencing a short-term financial need due to the disruption of campus operations caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), please fill out the application for consideration of a one-time emergency student grant from the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. These emergency funds can pay for expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

The recently enacted federal CARES Act provided money to colleges and universities to distribute for emergency student grants. The purpose of the money is to provide financial assistance to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. This funding is separate from additional financial aid you may receive from Webster University.

What Does This Funding Cover? 

The following is a list of expenses that can be considered for grant assistance if they were "related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus."

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology (such as having to buy a computer when courses were moved online)
  • Health care
  • Child care

Awarded undergraduate students will receive $1,000 and awarded graduate students will receive $500. In the spirit of serving as many of Webster University's most in need students, and because CARES Act funding is limited, we appreciate students applying for a grant only if it is truly needed.

Eligibility

Students who meet all criteria below are eligible to apply: 

  1. Working towards a degree or certificate at Webster. 
  2. Enrolled in Spring 2020 in at least one on-ground/in-person course, even if that course moved to an online format due to the pandemic.
  3. Have a valid 2019-20 FAFSA on file with Webster University's Office of Financial Aid.

Students must also attest that they have experienced any of the aforementioned disruptions.

Per the U.S. Department of Education, international students and students enrolled exclusively in online courses are not eligible to receive CARES Act funding.

Students who are ineligible, or apply but do not receive a CARES Act grant, but still have financial need, should visit webster.edu/financialaid and follow the instructions for "How to Apply for Financial Aid" for the 2020-2021 academic year.

How to Apply [Archived]

To apply, log in to to your Connections account and complete the Webster University CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Application. If you have difficulty logging in, please contact the IT Service Desk at support@webster.edu.

However, before doing so, please review the eligibility requirements, as not all students are eligible to receive funding. 

Applications must be submitted by 11:45 p.m. CDT on Friday, May 15, 2020.

[NOTE: The fund application window has closed. This information is retained here for archiving and reporting purposes.]

FAQs

Q: How do I know if I am eligible to apply?
A: Students who meet all of the following criteria are eligible to apply: (1) working towards a degree or certificate at Webster; (2) enrolled in Spring 2020 in at least one on-ground/in-person course, even if that course moved to an online format due to the pandemic; (3) have a valid 2019-20 FAFSA on file with Webster University's Office of Financial Aid.  

Q: What is my deadline to apply?
A: Applications must be submitted by 11:45PM CDT on Friday, May 15, 2020.

Q: Will everyone who applies for a CARES Act grant receive one?
A: No, based on the limited funding we received from the U.S. Department of Education, it will be distributed to students with the most demonstrated need.

Q: Do I need to repay this grant?
A: No, money received through this fund does not need to be repaid. This fund does not impact nor replace any financial aid you may currently receive, and it is a one-time grant.

Q: How many times can I apply?
A: Once.

Q: How much will I receive?
A: Awarded undergraduate students will receive a one-time grant of $1,300. Awarded graduate students will receive a one-time grant of $800. Note: These figures were updated based on available funds, as the original announcement stated $1,000 for undergraduates and $500 for graduate students.

Q: When will I know if I will receive a grant?
A: Our goal is to award emergency grants by the end of May 2020, and you will receive a notification to your webster.edu email address by then.

Q: How will I receive the grant money?
A: Emergency grants will be processed based on your existing Bank Mobile refund selection. Funds will be directly deposited into bank accounts for students who are enrolled in the direct deposit option. To speed up your payment, we strongly encourage you to select a refund option if you have not done so already at http://bankmobiledisbursements.com/refundchoices/.

Q: What if I currently owe tuition or other expenses to Webster?
A: The full amount of the emergency grants will be given directly to students and will not pay outstanding balances owed to Webster. Any outstanding balance owed to Webster remains the responsibility of the student.

Q: If I receive a grant from the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, is it taxable? 
A: No. Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act are qualified disaster relief payments per the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and will not be taxable.

Q: What if I am ineligible, or apply but do not receive a CARES Act grant, but still have financial need?
A: Students who are ineligible, or apply but do not receive a CARES Act grant, but still have financial need, should visit webster.edu/financialaid and follow the instructions on "How to Apply for Financial Aid" for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Q: Who can I contact if I have other questions about the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund?
A: Students can submit questions to covid19@webster.edu. A Webster University staff member will respond as soon as possible.