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WESTERN TEXAS COLLEGE CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF,

AND ECONOMIC SECURITY (CARES) ACT

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To assist students who have been impacted financially, Western Texas College (WTC) is distributing government grant funding via the CARES Act. The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund was established by the U.S. Department of Education to provide financial aid grants to students who experienced unexpected expenses related to the disruption of Western Texas College campus operations due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19. 

These expenses can include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, transportation, and childcare. The financial aid grant funds awarded to students under the CARES Act do not need to be repaid. The amount a student will receive will be determined by the number of students applying for aid and the amount allocated to WTC.

This fund is administered by the Financial Aid Office and the Vice President and Dean of Student Services of Western Texas College. Applications will be evaluated until the WTC allocation has been expended. 

The CARES Act requires all colleges participating in the program to provide the following information:

  • Western Texas College (WTC) has signed and returned to the Department of Education the CARES Act Certification and Agreement. This document is an assurance that WTC intends to use 50 percent of the $556,115 that WTC will receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Financial Aid Grants to students. The other half may be used by the college to cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.

  •  The total amount of funds that WTC will allocate for Financial Aid Grants to students is $278,057.50

  • The estimated total number of students at WTC eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is currently being determined.
  • To determine which students receive Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, WTC is evaluating eligibility based on the student being Title IV eligible and on the students Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

 


CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Complete and submit the application found here

How do I know if I am eligible?

  • If you were enrolled in at least one face-to-face course at WTC during the Spring 2020 semester you may be eligible.
  • If you are eligible to fill out a FAFSA for Title IV eligibility under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act (Pell Grant, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, Federal Work Study, and Federal Direct Loans) you may be eligible 

Who is not eligible?

International, dual credit, non-U.S. citizens, and students enrolled exclusively in online courses prior to March 13, 2020, are not eligible for CARES Act funding. 

How much will I receive?

The actual amount each eligible student will receive will be based on the number of applications received and the funds available. While the award is based on need, students will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. 

How will I receive the money?

Funds will be distributed to the student by check. Please ensure that the address you provide on your application is correct, as this is where your check will be mailed. 

Do I need to repay the money I receive?

No, this grant does not need to be repaid; it is meant to provide financial assistance to those impacted by COVID-19 during the Spring 2020 semester. 

Does this funding affect my other financial aid?

No. This is a federal grant meant to provide financial assistance to students who experienced unexpected expenses related to COVID-19. It will not have any impact on other financial aid you have or may be eligible to receive. 

What if I still have an account balance at WTC?

Any CARES Act funding will be paid to the student directly, regardless if the student has an outstanding balance on their WTC account. Any outstanding balance will remain the responsibility of the student and will need to be paid-in-full before enrolling in a future semester. 

Are the CARES Act Grant funds includible in my gross income?

No. The financial aid grant funds under the CARES Act are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. The grant funds are not included in your gross income.

 

 

CARES Act Online Application
 

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