A total of 6,753 Wright State students are eligible for the grants. Students must be degree-seeking, enrolled at least half-time during the spring semester and are U.S. citizens or eligible non-U.S. citizens. About 43% of the students receiving funds will get the maximum grant of $1,100.
WSU is allocating the grants based on students’ FASFA and prioritizing those with exceptional financial needs. The money will automatically be distributed to eligible students.
“We assume that all students seeking federal financial aid via the FAFSA have sought out financial assistance, and those needs could be greater given the national emergency,” Everhart said.
The university said it will automatically award eligible students. Students who are receiving funds will get an email explaining the details.
Funds cannot be awarded to non-degree students or international students including undocumented and DACA students.
The grants are available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II, which gave funding to universities to help with emergency financial aid for students.
Wright State received $5,070,423 from HEERF II to provide students direct funds as a result of the pandemic. The university is also distributing $207,000 in remaining 2020 CARES Act funds to students. The money is federal funds and were authorized as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, which Congress passed in December.