HEERF and CARES

CARES Act Institutional and Supplemental Report

Institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the CARES Act are required to submit a report to the Secretary of Education describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).  This page provides public information about Wichita State University’s participation in the CARES Act and use of the institution’s HEERF Institutional Portion. This information will be updated no later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter.

CARES Act Emergency Grant Funds for Students

Information about Wichita State University’s usage of funding under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”).

  • An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned the certification and agreement form and that the institution has used, or intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students.
    • Wichita State University submitted a certification agreement form to the U.S. Department of Education to agree to use the funds under the “CARES Act” as directed. At least 50% of these funds are being used to directly assist students impacted by the campus disruption as a result of the COVID-n19 pandemic.
  • The total amount of funds that the institution will receive, or has received under the HEERF student portion.
    • $4,393,233
  • Of those funds, the total amount that has been distributed to students as of the date of reporting (i.e. the first 30-day deadline, and then every 45 days thereafter)
    • Funds Distributed
      Date Amount Distributed Students Awarded
      April 25, 2020 Funds Approved NA
      May 1, 2020 $2,805,000 2,805
      May 11, 2020 $1,213,750 1,296
      May 12, 2020  $35,250 47
      May 18, 2020 $124,750 169
      May 21, 2020 $116,500 140
      May 27, 2020 $21,000 42
      June 12, 2020 $76,983

      135

      Total Distributed $4,393,233 4,634
  • The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant.
    • 7,344
  • The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant.
    • 4,634
  • How the institution determined which students did, or will receive emergency financial aid grants and how much funding they did, or will receive.
    • The initital distribution of CARES Act funding was disbursed to Pell grant recipients who had unmet need and had not received other gift aid for Cost of Attendance such as books, meals, and other living expenses in the amount of $1,000 to each student.  Students in this group did not need to request or apply for these funds.  
    • Remaining CARES Act Emergency funds were set aside for eligible students to access through an application process. Students in this group must have filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA or be eligible to file a FAFSA and must have identified what hardships they have experienced related to COVID-n19.  Students in this category were notified of their possible eligibility via their WSU email account and/or through the Shocker Blast email newsletter.  They were directed to complete the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund Application available on our website, with a priority date for applications of May 8, 2020 and a deadline of May 15, 2020.  Factors such as job loss, childcare or medical expenses, housing or food insecurity, an inability to pay for educational supplies, technology, or expenses were considered.  Students in this category were eligible to receive up to $1,000 ($500 to $1000). 
  • Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants.
    • Students were instructed that the funds must be used to cover expenses they incurred as a result of the campus disruption caused by COVID-n19.
    • Students were directed the CARES Act FAQs webpage for additional information.

Content last updated: October 28, 2020.