What is the C.A.R.E.S. Act?
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides more than $14 billion in emergency funding to higher education. Of those funds, more than $6 billion must go directly to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants (HEERF-student share) for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis. Based on a Federal formula, Wayland Baptist University will receive a set amount of the $6 billion to be offered to students.
You may be eligible to receive HEERF funding if you:
- Are eligible to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and
- Were enrolled in at least one face to face course as of March 13, 2020, and
- Have at least one expense related to or resulting from disruption of campus operations
due to COVID-19. Examples might include but are not limited to:
- Housing (rent/utilities)
- Medical expenses/healthcare
- Technology (internet, computer, other tech related items)
- Other (things that don’t fall into one of the categories above)
You will not be eligible to receive HEERF funding if you:
- Are an international student or non-U.S. citizen, or
- Are enrolled in dual credit course (high school and college), or
- Were not enrolled in at least one face to face course as of March 13, 2020
How do I apply:
- You must have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 to Wayland, and
- You must complete Wayland's CARES Act - Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Application.
How much will I be eligible for?
In order to be equitable, grants will be limited to $520 per student and offered until funding is fully expended.
How will I receive the funds?
HEERF funds will be paid directly to you and will not be applied to any institutional charges you may owe to Wayland Baptist University.
The Business Office will release these funds every Friday either through direct deposit or paper check (by mail). If you have not already done so, we highly encourage you to sign up for direct deposit by contacting the Business Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 806-291-3445.
Do these funds have to be paid back?
No, HEERF is considered a grant and does not have to be repaid.
Will this affect any current or future financial aid eligibility?
No, HEERF is specifically intended to help with expenses that have unexpectedly occurred related to or resulting from disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. It will not have any impact on current financial aid or future financial aid.
What if my financial situation has changed for next year?
If you have a special circumstance resulting from COVID-19 and it is impacting your ability to pay for upcoming terms, please review our Special Circumstances Review process.