While about $500 million in federal dollars have been allocated to Ohio's schools through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, those funds will not necessarily counteract the budget cuts for local school districts. "However, the generosity of the GI Bill does not mean that campus-based student veterans were not affected by the disruptions caused by coronavirus", the report said. That resulted in grants totaling $692,915 distributed to 507 eligible students, the school said in a post on its website.
"Our faculty and staff have worked diligently to ensure our students would be among the first in the state and nation to receive CARES Act assistance", said Dr. Dickie Crawford, Associate Vice President for Student Advancement. Also, Early College High School and other dual credit students are not eligible.
In order to be eligible for CARES Act funding, students must be eligible to receive federal financial aid by filing for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A student does not need to be awarded federal financial aid to apply for the CARES Act. Students were invited to contact the Dean of Students Office if they had questions.
WSU has to spend all of the CARES Act funding within one calendar year, he said. It does not reduce, negate or replace financial aid.
The distribution of emergency financial aid grants to students is now in process and many students will receive a CARES Act grant award before the end of May. President Miller authorized, and the University submitted to Ed, a Certification and Agreement document with the assurance that the University has used or intends to use no less than 50 percent of funds received under this section to provide aid. However, all expenses must to be tied directly to a specific change in how the college is operating due to the coronavirus.
The survey involves clicking "yes" or "no" to indicate whether the student had COVID-19-related expenses, Dixon said. "Other examples of eligibility include a student in the residence hall who moved out because of the closure and experienced higher rent and food costs than the residence hall room and board rates".
Students had to be eligible for Title IV aid to receive a grant.