Federal CARES Grant for Emergency Funds

WWU has received over $700,000 to disburse to students who are experiencing emergency needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Review the questions and answers below. If you qualify, submit your application for an emergency grant. Allow up to 10 days for processing. Awarding of funds will continue until all funds have been awarded.

WWU CARES Grant for Emergency Funds Application


All current students enrolled at least half-time are welcome to submit an application for emergency funds. Only students who are US Citizens or a Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) will be considered for the Federal CARES grant. Other students not eligible for Federal funding will be considered for a limited amount of Walla Walla University donated Emergency funds.

WWU estimates up to 750 students will qualify as having the greatest need and will receive a Federal CARES Grant.

If you are a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, you must have valid FAFSA results on file at WWU. While this information is not used to determine the size of your grant, it is used to determine your eligibility to receive the grant (confirmation of citizenship, selective service registration, no loan defaults, etc.)

Yes. This will be considered when determining your need for this grant.

Funds can be used for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or child care expenses. NOTE: Payment of a school bill is not considered an allowed expense.

Yes. These funds are only for students who were impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic in some way.

WWU anticipates most grants will be around $750, however, this will depend upon individual circumstances. We have a limited amount granted to us, and we appreciate students only asking for the amount needed so we can serve as many students as possible.

No, money received through this fund does not need to be repaid.

No, this grant does not affect any financial aid, and it is a one-time grant.

No. The IRS has determined that this grant to students is not taxable.

Requests are reviewed weekly, and are processed in the order received until all funds are awarded. Allow 10 days from the date of your application for a decision.

Disbursements are sent through BankMobile. If you have not set up your disbursement method, your disbursement will be delayed. Call SFS at 509-527-2815 if you did not receive a recent email from BankMobile confirming your disbursement method.

  • You will receive an updated financial aid award email showing a "Federal CARES Grant" for spring quarter

  • When the grant is processed, a "Federal CARES Grant" credit will show on your student account

  • When the funds are disbursed to BankMobile, an offsetting "Refund-BankMobile-Student" charge will show on your student account

  • BankMobile will send you an email from "BankMobile Disbursements" confirming your refund is being processed

You will receive an email to your WWU email address. The most common reasons for denial: No FAFSA on file, not borrowing the maximum student loans for the year, not making Satisfactory Academic Progress, not a half-time enrolled student at WWU spring quarter, non COVID related circumstance, non-allowed purpose, out of funds. 

Initial 30-day Report of Funds Used

Walla Walla University received $718,760 for the sole purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants directly to students. WWU estimates 731 students are eligible to receive grants from this fund.

As of May 12, 2020, $195,081 had been disbursed to students, or 27.1% of the total grant funds available to disburse.

Walla Walla University used the following methods to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive

For all students:

       a.  Students must have completed a FAFSA

       b.  Students must be Title IV eligible (enrolled at least half-time, meeting SAP, etc.)

       c.  Students were issued a disbursement through BankMobile using their preferred disbursement method.

For group 1, students were selected as a group based on high meal charges. No application was required.

For group 2, students needed to purchase a laptop computer. No application was required

For group 3, students applied for an Emergency Grant:

       a.  Priority was given to students who borrowed at least $2,500 when they enrolled for spring quarter,

       b.  Priority was given to students with an EFC of $15,000 or less,

       c.  Students indicated a significant financial detriment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and

       d.  Students indicated the purpose of the Emergency Grant was to fund allowable expenses (food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or child care expenses).

If I have other questions, what should I do?

Call Student Financial Services at 509-527-2815 or email us at stufin@wallawalla.edu

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