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WVU to provide emergency federal grants

WVU Today

The federal government  approved new emergency funding amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and some of those funds may help college students.

Through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II as authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, West Virginia University will be distributing roughly $10 million in emergency grants to eligible students.

Eligible, degree-seeking WVU students who are attending at least half-time and have a 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid on file with WVU by Feb. 5 will be automatically considered for a Spring 2021 CRRSAA Emergency Grant. Priority consideration for the grants will be given to students who are spring 2021 recipients of the Federal Pell Grant. Eligible students who are spring 2021 Pell Grant recipients may receive an emergency grant of up to $1,000 for the spring 2021 semester. If funding allows, students who are not Pell Grant recipients will be considered  later.

Students who have not yet completed a 2020-21 FAFSA may still do so by visiting the Federal Student Aid website or downloading the myStudentAid app via the Apple App Store or Google Play. Students must have a valid 2020-21 FAFSA on file with WVU by Feb. 5,  for consideration and should use WVU’s FAFSA school code 003827 when submitting. For full eligibility requirements,  see the university’s FAQ on the Return to Campus website.

Information about when students should receive the grant and direct deposit details, are also in the  FAQs.

Questions about this grant can be directed to If assistance is needed to complete the FAFSA,  visit the Hub’s website to sign up for a FAFSA help session or call the Hub at 304-293-1988.

This announcement is based on the latest guidance available from the Department of Education and is subject to change. WVU will notify students and families as soon as possible of any changes.

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