Texas Community Colleges

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act

(CRRSA) Funds for WTC Students

The deadline to apply for aid from the 2021 CRRSA Act was Wednesday, June 30, 2021. 
 
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To assist students who have been impacted financially, Western Texas College (WTC) will distribute government grant funding via the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act. These funds are from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II), a federal grant funded 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 to the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

These expenses can include tuition, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, transportation, and childcare. The financial aid grant funds awarded to students under this grant do not need to be paid back to WTC. The amount a student receives is determined by the number of students applying for aid and the amount allocated to WTC.

The Financial Aid Office and the Vice President and Dean of Student Services of Western Texas College are administrators of the funds. Applications will be accepted until all the WTC allocation has been expended.

The CRRSA 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 CRRSA Act Certification and Agreement. This document guarantees that WTC intends to use $278,058 of the funds provided through the CRRSA Act as Financial Aid Grants to students to cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus. 
  • 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 through the CRRSA Act is currently being determined. 
  • To determine which students receive Financial Aid Grants, WTC evaluates eligibility based on the student being Title IV eligible and on the student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC). 

 

CRRSA Act Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I apply?

Complete and submit the application found here. 

How do I know if I am eligible? 

  • Must have been enrolled in Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021 at WTC.
  • Must be a US citizen or FAFSA eligible non-citizen.
  • Must be in good academic standing.
  • Must complete application in full. 

How much will I receive? 

Awards are based on your needs as identified on the application. Each eligible student's actual amount is determined by the number of applications received and the funds available. While the award is based on need, awards will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to apply for the CRRSA is Wednesday, June 30, 2021. 

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 Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021 semesters. 

Does this funding affect my other financial aid?

No. The federal grant will 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? 

Funds will be paid to the student directly, regardless if the student has an outstanding balance on their WTC account. Any due balance will remain the student's responsibility and will need to be paid in full before enrolling in a future semester. With the student's consent, the funds could be used to pay outstanding balances to WTC. 

Are the CRRSA Grant funds included in my gross income? 

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

 

CRRSA Act Online Application

Applications are closed. The deadline to apply was Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

 

 

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