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 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. Priority is given to the most needy students, based on the student’s FAFSA results. 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.)

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 15 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. 

30-day Report of Funds Used as of May 12, 2020

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.

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 12, 2020 is $195,081, or 27.1% of the total student portion available to disburse in the amount of $718,760. As of May 12, 2020, a total of  215  students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.  This represents an average award of $907.35 per student.

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).

45-day report of funds used as of June 26, 2020

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 June 26, $426,282 had been disbursed to 389 students, or 59.3% of the total grant funds available to disburse. This represents an average award of $1,095.84 per student.

Application GroupsCriteria GroupsCriteriaDescriptionCountCumulativeAwarded Cumulative
Group 1Category 1Sodexo 3737                12,109.00         12,109.00 
Group 2Category 2Computer 340                   2,122.00         14,231.00 
Group 3Category 3EFC < 15000, Spring loans 2500+Applications for April 24-May 17212252              209,902.00       224,133.00 
Group 4Category 3EFC < 15000, Spring loans 2500+May 18-2420272                18,350.00       242,483.00 
Group 5Category 4EFC < 25000May 25-3134306                28,700.00       271,183.00 
Group 6Category 4EFC < 25000Reconsider previous denials for EFC 15000-25000 or loans < 250036342                40,835.00       312,018.00 
Group 7Category 4EFC < 25000June 1 -722364                21,750.00       333,768.00 
Group 8Category 5EFC < 40000Reconsider previous denials for EFC 25001-400006370                   5,075.00       338,843.00 
Group 9Category 5EFC < 40000June 8 - 1439409                49,061.00       387,904.00 
Group 10Category 5EFC < 40000June 15 - 1729438                32,750.00       420,654.00 
Group 11Category 5EFC < 40000June 18 -216444                   5,628.00       426,282.00 

Students with multiple awards are in the counts for each award. The unduplicated count is 389 students.

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 winter or spring quarters, meeting SAP, etc.) 

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

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

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

For category 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).

For category 4, students applied for an Emergency Grant:

a.       Priority was given to students with an EFC of 25,000 or less, regardless of student loan borrowing 

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

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

 For category 5, students applied for an Emergency Grant:

a.       Priority was given to students with an EFC of 40,000 or less, regardless of student loan borrowing 

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

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

When considering the amount of each student’s grant, the committee reviewed the amount requested, the purpose, how the student was affected by COVID-19, any previous grant, and the totality of the student’s individual circumstances. Grants to other family members were not considered, nor was any outstanding account balance considered.

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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