Displacement Grants and Emergency Relief Aid Update For Students - May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020

Dear Students,

As Karnell mentioned last Friday, Westminster has been awaiting funds from the CARES (Coronavirus ;Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act. We have now received the first half of those funds which allows us to start releasing COVID-19 emergency aid. Emergency aid for housing and food services will be provided to residential students no longer living on campus. Westminster will begin processing funds for housing and meal plans by next Friday, May 8. On top of those funds, additional emergency grants will be allocated to residential, non-residential, undergraduate, and graduate students through an online application. All forms of emergency aid, including housing and meal plans, will be placed on students’ accounts in the form of a grant. Those grants will be sent as direct payment by paper check. Please ensure your address has been updated so that check can be successfully delivered. Emergency aid will not be used by Westminster to cover outstanding balances on your account.

Emergency grants are allocated for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. CARES Act funds are limited to those eligible to receive federal aid. Although this aid is tied to federal aid eligibility, Westminster set aside institutional funds for those ineligible to complete a FAFSA as well. All students will be able to apply for emergency funding as long as their expenses are due to the disruption or closure of campus operations, facilities, or resources due to COVID-19 during the spring semester. Those eligible to complete a FAFSA may be required to submit a FAFSA and meet federal eligibility requirements to receive these funds.

There will be two rounds of emergency grants that students may apply to receive. The first round will assist students who have already experienced expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including but not limited to food or housing insecurity, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Students will be able to request up to $500 of emergency aid through this first round of funding. Emergency aid will be available into the next academic year as some students and their families may not feel the impact until later. We are now receiving online applications for these funds from Westminster’s COVID-19 page. Questions about these funds should be sent to financialaidappeals@westminstercollege.edu or give me a call at 801.832.2502.

Sincerely,

Joshua Montavon
Director of Financial Aid

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