CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESOURCES

CARES Act

West Liberty University CARES Act Reporting

CARES Act Update October 9,2020

West Liberty University (WLU) was allocated under  Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act a total of $2,246,663. On April 15, 2020, WLU signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement assuring that the institution will use, or intends to use, not less than 50 percent of the funds received under this Section of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Grants to students. 

The total amount of funding available for emergency grants to students is $1,123,331.50.

West Liberty has received the full allotment of $1,123,331.50 referenced on the U.S. Department of Education’s G5 website.

As of September 30, 2020, WLU has distributed a total of $1,119,150 in emergency grants to 1,631 eligible students. WLU sent to eligible students an application for funding on May 14, 2020.  Funds were distributed when completed applications were returned. WLU estimates,  as of September 30, 2020, that 1,631 students are eligible to receive emergency grants. Students who filed a FASFA or were eligible to do so are considered eligible to receive funding. 

International students and  students participating in programs which were totally online prior to March 13, 2020, are not considered eligible.

Students initially received funding based on their application. The application inquired if they incurred expenses in the following areas: food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare. This initial questionnaire awarded up to $600 based on responses. Students were awarded $200 each for food and housing expenses if checked. For all other areas’ students were distributed $50 each if checked. The deadline for completing applications was July 31, 2020. Eligible students were awarded an additional $500 the week of August 3, 2020.



West Liberty University (WLU) was allocated under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act a total of $2,246,663. On April 15, 2020, WLU signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement assuring that the institution will use, or intends to use, not less than 50 percent of the funds received under this Section of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Grants to students. 

The total amount of funding available for emergency grants to students is $1,123,331.50.

West Liberty has received the full allotment of $1,123,331.50 referenced on the U.S. Department of Education’s G5 website.

As of August 13, 2020, WLU has distributed a total of $1,116,100 in emergency grants to 1,628 eligible students. WLU sent to eligible students an application for funding on May 14, 2020. Funds were distributed when completed applications were returned. WLU estimates, as of August 13, 2020, that 1,628 students are eligible to receive emergency grants. Students who filed a FASFA or were eligible to do so are considered eligible to receive funding. 

International students and students participating in programs which were totally online prior to March 13, 2020, are not considered eligible.

Students initially received funding based on their application. The application inquired if they incurred expenses in the following areas: food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare. This initial questionnaire awarded up to $600 based on responses. Students were awarded $200 each for food and housing expenses if checked. For all other areas’ students were distributed $50 each if checked. The deadline for completing applications was July 31, 2020. Eligible students were awarded an additional $500 the week of August 3, 2020.

West Liberty University (WLU) was allocated for Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act a total of $2,246,663. WLU signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement assuring that the institution will use, or intends to use, not less than fifty percent of the funds received under this Section of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Grants to students.

West Liberty has received the full allotment in G5.

As of May 14, 2020, WLU has not distributed any of the funds reserved for emergency grants to students.

WLU sent to eligible students an application for funding on May 14, 2020. WLU’s intent is to begin distribution of funds the week of May 18, 2020. WLU estimates, at this time and based on current information, approximately 1,422 students are eligible to receive emergency grants. Students who filed a FASFA or were eligible to do so are considered eligible to receive funding. Students participating in programs which were totally online prior to March 13, 2020, are not considered eligible.

Students will receive funding based on their application. The application inquires if they incurred expenses in the following area: food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare. This initial questionnaire will award up to $600 based on responses.

The following announcement was made by the University on May 13, 2020:

CARES Act Emergency Student Grants Now Available

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., May 13, 2020 — West Liberty University invites its students adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for CARES Act emergency grants.

“I am pleased to announce we have received the federal CARES funds that make this now possible. We encourage students who have experienced economic hardships during the pandemic to apply for emergency grants through our simple process that will be further explained in an email sent to eligible students later today,” said President Stephen Greiner.

Grants may be used to cover the following expenses only:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Course materials
  • Childcare
  • Technology or other resources needed for online coursework
  • Medical expenses (including support needed for accessibility purposes)

Eligibility

The CARES Act requires students who receive the grants to meet Title IV federal financial aid eligibility requirements. Students enrolled in a strictly online program prior to COVID-19 (March 13) are NOT eligible for these grants.

To be eligible for the grants, students must:

  • Have filed or will file a FAFSA or is Title IV eligible
  • Not be enrolled in an online program on March 13 for Spring 2020 
  • Have a valid social security number
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (see fafsa.ed.gov/help/fotw15a.htm)
  • If male, be registered for U.S. Selective Service
  • Have a high school diploma or GED or have completed high school in an approved homeschool setting
  • Making satisfactory academic progress
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan
  • Have been enrolled at WLU for the spring 2020 semester as an undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking student, and be enrolled in one or more classes creditable toward a degree.

Application Link and Deadline

All WLU students who meet the qualifications will receive an application link via their student email account, which must be completed and submitted no later than May 31, 2020.

By accepting the funds, students are confirming that they incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care or childcare costs.

For questions, please visit westliberty.edu/coronavirus or email [email protected].

Following the above announcement, the email below was sent to eligible students:

Dear Student,

The CARES Act supplies funding for emergency grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Expenses can be related to housing, food, course material, technology, health care and childcare. 

You are receiving this email today because you qualify to apply for the CARES ACT funding. Please see the link to the application below.  

CARES Act Application

This application will ask questions about what type of expenses you experienced. You may receive up to $600. Please complete and return the application by May 31, 2020.