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HEERF and Relief Act Information

The Student Financial Aid team is happy to help you with any questions or concerns. Our office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. We are not accepting walk-in appointments but would be happy to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment with you. Please contact us at sfs@wheaton.edu or 630.752.5700. 

 

Relief Fund Information

CARES ACT

To address the pressing financial need of students due to the disruption of campus operations from coronavirus, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides emergency financial aid grants for schools to distribute to their students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including technology needs).

HEERF

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) is a subset of the CARES Act which provides grant money to higher ed institutions to support needs presented due to COVID19. 

Title IV Eligible Students

Students coming to campus for Fall 2020 are required to have a COVID19 test, and HEERF funds are available to assist students with these expenses.

To qualify for HEERF funds, you must demonstrate eligibility for federal funds through the completion of a 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

To request funds, complete the Wheaton College SFS Student Grant Self-Certification Form for Testing Kit Expenses for COVID19 Testing. No additional documentation is required.

This funding (up to $115.00) will come to you in the form of a grant that will be processed through your student account and will be directly refunded to you as a check after you begin your classes at Wheaton in the fall. The check will be mailed to your permanent mailing address on record at Wheaton College, so please confirm that the permanent mailing address showing in the Wheaton Portal is correct. If you currently have a balance due on your student account, the emergency grant will not be applied towards those charges.

This funding applies to initial testing for return to campus only. Details on the availability of funding for weekly test reimbursements throughout the semester will be available at a later date.

F1 Visa Holders

Wheaton College funds may be available to assist non-Title IV eligible students, such as F1 Visa Holders to cover initial COVID19 testing. Students must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program.

To request funds, complete the Wheaton College SFS Hardship Relief Form for COVID19 Testing. No additional documentation is required.

If approved, funds from the Hardship Relief Program will be applied to your student account after you begin your classes at Wheaton in the fall. Relief funds will be applied to your student account as a scholarship. If you currently have a balance due on your student account, the Hardship Relief Funds will be applied towards those charges. If Relief Funds cause a credit on your student account, you may complete an eRefund Request Form

This funding applies to initial testing for return to campus only. Details on the availability of funding for weekly test reimbursements throughout the semester will be available at a later date.

Timing of Payment Processing

Processing for payments will begin at the end of September 2020.

Title IV Eligible Students

Students coming to campus for Fall 2020 are encouraged to have laptops, headsets and an extra power adapter needed for the flexible learning environment due to coronavirus. HEERF Funds are available to assist students who do not have this needed technology.

To qualify for HEERF funds, you must demonstrate eligibility for federal funds through the completion of a 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

To request funds, complete the Wheaton College SFS Student Grant Self-Certification Form of Technology Expenses. No additional documentation is required.

This funding (up to $500.00) will come to you in the form of a grant that will be processed through your student account and will be directly refunded to you as a check. The check will be mailed to your permanent mailing address on record at Wheaton College, so please confirm that the permanent mailing address showing in the Wheaton Portal is correct. If you currently have a balance due on your student account, the emergency grant will not be applied towards those charges.

F1 Visa Holders

Wheaton College funds may be available to assist non-Title IV eligible students, such as F1 Visa Holders to technology expenses. Students must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program.

To request funds, complete the Wheaton College SFS Hardship Relief Form for Technology Expenses.

If approved, funds from the Hardship Relief Program will be applied to your student account. Relief funds will be applied to your student account as a scholarship. If you currently have a balance due on your student account, the Hardship Relief Funds will be applied towards those charges. If Relief Funds cause a credit on your student account, you may complete an eRefund Request Form

Wheaton is Now Participating with GradGuard to Provide Tuition Insurance

You can purchase insurance on a semester by semester basis to cover tuition costs should your student need to withdraw due to illness, including Coronavirus. 

Update from GradGuard: Until further notice, although not covered under most plans, we are currently accommodating claims for when an insured student completely withdraws from school for the covered term due to becoming ill with COVID-19.