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CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Report

Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. The following information is provided to comply with the U.S. Department of Education’s CARES Act Reporting requirements under Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act.

Report Date: August 27, 2020

  1. Wheaton signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 23, 2020. As required by the Certification and Agreement, Wheaton 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. Wheaton received $1,011,872 from the Department on May 1, 2020 pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement designated for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  3. Wheaton College has distributed $605,700 Emergency Financial Aid Grants dollars to students under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of this report.
  4. 1,474 Wheaton College students have received Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of this report.
  5. Wheaton College estimated 2,497 students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  6. Wheaton is using the following methodology to determine which Title IV eligible students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:
    • An email was sent on June 5, 2020 to all Wheaton College degree-seeking students who remained enrolled for the spring 2020 semester in an on-campus or approved off-campus study abroad program and who are eligible to participate in Title IV programs under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. Students were directed to complete a certification regarding expenses incurred related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.
    • After completing a certification, Wheaton students received the following standard grants:
      • Title IV (Non-Pell) Eligible Students, defined as those students who have completed a FAFSA for the 2019-20 academic year, received a grant of $300.
      • Title IV & Pell Grant-Eligible Students, defined as those students who have both (a) completed a FAFSA and (b) are recipients of the Federal Pell grant for the 2019-20 year, received a grant of $900.
    • The remaining balance will be utilized for: (a) students coming to campus for fall, 2020 and do not have the technology needed for the flexible learning environment due to COVID-19 may receive $500 grants for certified technology expenses, or (b) reimbursements to students for campus mandated COVID-19 testing.
  7. Identified eligible students will receive an email informing them of their eligibility for Emergency Financial Aid Grants and the process for submitting the required certification of expenses. Payment information will also be provided.