Summer/Fall Application for Emergency Grant Funding

Jul 19, 2021

Dear Student,

Westminster recently received additional money from the Department of Education through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021. This is the third round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF III). These funds are meant to assist students in need of financial assistance due to coronavirus in the form of emergency grants. Westminster received $2,562,459 in HEERF III funding which will be allocated to students through the end of the 2021-2022 academic year until all funds have been spent.

Emergency financial aid grants may be used by students for any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food (including meal plans for those living on campus, the Draw, or commuters), housing (including rent or residence halls), health care (including mental health care), or child care. Other areas that are included in your cost of attendance are items needed for school like books and supplies to attend class, such as a computer.

As directed by the Department of Education, Westminster will prioritize those students with exceptional financial need. Beyond Pell eligibility, other types of exceptional need could include students who have faced significant unexpected expenses, such as the loss of employment (either for themselves or their families), reduced income, or food or housing insecurity.

All students who are or were enrolled at Westminster during the COVID-19 national emergency are eligible for emergency financial aid grants through HEERF III. That includes citizens, permanent residents, refugees, asylum seekers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, other DREAMers, and similar undocumented students. International students are eligible to apply for these funds. The Department of Education encourages institutions to prioritize domestic students.

Students may consent to their emergency grant being applied directly to their student account. Please indicate on your emergency grant application by checking the box whether you want those funds applied to your account. Westminster will mail emergency grant checks to recipients unless authorization has been provided to apply those funds directly to your student account. Those who do not choose to have their prior balance covered will receive a paper check for the grant amount.

These checks will be mailed to your address on file. Please ensure your address has been updated on Self-Service under User Options -> User Profile when submitting your application.

Students may apply for these funds on the Westminster website now for funds through the Fall 2021 Semester. Please send HEERF III related questions to the Financial Aid Office at financialaidoffice@westminstercollege.edu or 801.832.2500. Due to the anticipated number of emergency grant applications, we expect applications to be reviewed within three weeks of submission.

Sincerely,

Joshua Montavon
Director of Financial Aid