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CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Report

Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students and Institution

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. On December 27, 2020 the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was signed into law providing additional funding to distribute to institutions of higher education through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II). 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: July 9, 2021

Download PDF: HEERF Quarterly Institutional Portion Report for Wheaton College 6-30-2021

Activity through June 30, 2021

  1. Wheaton signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 23, 2020. As required by the Certification and Agreement, Wheaton has used no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants (HEERF I) to students. Wheaton College distributed at least the same amount of student aid grant from HEERF II funds as from HEERF I and intends to use no less than the required amount of funds received to provide HEERF III grant to students.
  2. Wheaton College will receive or has received $4,637,353 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement designated for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CARES Act, CRRSAA, and ARPA.
  3. Wheaton College has distributed $2,027,315 Emergency Financial Aid Grants dollars to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, CRRSAA, and ARPA as of the date of this report.
  4. Wheaton College estimated that 3,895 students have been 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, CRRSAA, and ARPA.
  5. 2,257 Wheaton College students have received Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, CRRSAA, and ARPA as of the date of this report.
  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 and CRRSAA:
    • For CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants:
      • 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.
      • Additional grants were available for students in Fall 2020: (a) Title IV eligible students who did not have the technology needed for the flexible learning environment due to COVID-19 were eligible to receive $500 grants for certified technology expenses; and (b) Title IV eligible students could receive reimbursement for campus mandated COVID-19 testing.
    • For CRRSAA Student Aid Grants:
      • Wheaton identified nine standard levels of awards for Title IV eligible students:

        UG/GradFull-Time/Part-TimePELL/Non-PellAward Level
        UG  Full-Time PELL $1,200
          Full-Time  Non-PELL/With Need  $675
          Full-Time Non-PELL/No Need $300
          Part-Time PELL $600
          Part-Time Non-PELL/With Need $300
          Part-Time  Non-PELL/No-Need $150
               
        Grad Full-Time With Need $675
          Part-Time With Need $300
          FT or PT No-Need $150
  7. For Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CARES Act, eligible students received an email informing them of their eligibility for and the process for submitting the required certification of expenses. Payment information was also provided. For Student Aid Grants under the CRRSAA, eligible students received an email informing them of their eligibility and the process for obtaining the grant payments, including an option to receive the funds as a credit in their student account.

Report Date: April 9, 2021

Download PDF: Heerf Quarterly Reporting v331 Institutional Portion 3-31-21

Activity through March 31, 2021

  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 (HEERF I) to students. Wheaton College will be distributing at least the same amount of student aid grant from HEERF II funds as from HEERF I.
  2. Wheaton College will receive or has received $2,023,744 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement designated for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  3. Wheaton College has distributed $1,547,540 Emergency Financial Aid Grants dollars to students under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of this report.
  4. Wheaton College estimated 2,526 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.
  5. 1,877 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.
  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.
    • Additional grants available for students coming to campus in fall, 2020 and (a) 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.
    • CRRSAA funds can be used towards any component of a student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus such as tuition, housing, food, books, travel, health care and personal miscellaneous expenses.
      • There are 9 standard levels of awards considering both the EFC and enrollment status (full-time vs. part-time)
      • Pell Grant recipients are those with exceptional need and are being awarded the highest level of student grants.
      • The law requires recipients to be U.S. Citizens, which we verified by using the 2020-2021 FAFSA.
  7. Identified eligible students received an email informing them of their eligibility for Emergency Financial Aid Grants and the process for submitting the required certification of expenses. Payment information was also provided. For HEERF II Student Aid Grants, students were able to give permission for their funds to be paid into their student account.

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: January 8, 2021

Download PDF: Quarterly Reporting Institutional 12-31-2020

Activity through December 31, 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 $714,125 Emergency Financial Aid Grants dollars to students under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of this report.
  4. Wheaton College estimated 2,488 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.
  5. 1,506 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.
  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.

Report Date: October 8, 2020

Download PDF: Quarterly Budget and Expenditure reporting under CARES Act 9-30-2020

Activity through September 30, 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 $648,700 Emergency Financial Aid Grants dollars to students under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of this report.
  4. 1,363 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 2,486 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.

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. 1,315 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.

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: July 14, 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 $548,700 Emergency Financial Aid Grants dollars to students under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of this report.
  4. Wheaton College estimated 1,894 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.
  5. 1,149 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.
  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 appeals for students: (a) who meet the requirements for Title IV eligibility but were initially excluded due to not having a current FAFSA form on file, or (b) who can demonstrate additional expenses in excess of the grant amount. Additionally, 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.
  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.

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: June 1, 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 not yet distributed any Emergency Financial Aid Grants dollars to students under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of this report.
  4. No 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 1,935 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 will be sent 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 will be directed to complete a certification regarding expenses incurred related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.
    • After completing a certification, Wheaton students will receive 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, will receive 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, will receive a grant of $900.
    • The remaining balance will be utilized for appeals for students: (a) who meet the requirements for Title IV eligibility but were initially excluded due to not having a current FAFSA form on file, or (b) who can demonstrate additional expenses in excess of the grant amount.
  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.