The US Department of Education CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund: Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

UW-La Crosse Initial 30-Day Fund Report Information as of May 21, 2020

  1. On April 10, 2020, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) signed and returned to the US Department of Education (ED) the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. UWL will 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. On April 20, 2020, UWL received $3,394,821 from ED to be provided as Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  3. As of May 20, 2020, $2,541,130 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants has been distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. (This figure is updated every 45 days pursuant to ED reporting requirements.)
  4. An estimated total of 7,872 students at UWL are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are 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, a total of 2,636 UWL students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  6. To be eligible for an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, UWL students must:
  • Be enrolled at least half time as a degree-seeking student (on or after March 14, 2020) in a program that is not exclusively offered online.
  • Complete an electronic application indicating they experienced financial expenses because of the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic and identify the estimated cost/category(s) of allowable expense incurred.
  • Submit a signed FAFSA for either the 2019-20 or 2020-21 academic year and establish eligibility for Federal Title IV financial aid.
  • Be meeting the UWL Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.

All electronic applications submitted will be sent via email to the UWL Financial Aid Office (FAO) for review. If approved, a grant in the amount requested (generally not to exceed $1,200) will be added to the student’s financial aid offer and disbursed through the student account in WINGS (the name of UWL’s student information System). The grant will be sent to the student’s personal bank via the Automatic Clearing House (ACH). If the student has not set up the ACH process, a paper check will be printed and sent to the student.

  1. UWL provided information to all enrolled students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants via email and text messages. The UWL Emergency Grant Application is available here. For additional information, contact finaid@uwlax.edu.