CARES Act Reporting

In accordance with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act and in compliance with Department of Education reporting guidance, Washtenaw Community College reports the following information:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

    Washtenaw Community College acknowledges signing and returning the Certification and Agreement and has used or intends to use at least 50% of funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.


  2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Student.

    Washtenaw Community College may receive up to $2,484,445.00 from the Department of Education for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

      
  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

    As of May 21, 2020, Washtenaw Community College has distributed $945,000 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants (described at the college as “WCC CARES Grant”) under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission.   

     
  4. 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 thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

    As of May 21, 2020, 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 eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants is 5,022.


  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

    As of May 21, 2020, Washtenaw Community College has distributed Emergency Financial Aid Grants (described at the college as “WCC CARES Grants”) to 890 students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

     
  6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

    All students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and enrolled at Washtenaw Community College for the Winter 2020, Spring/Summer 2020, or Fall 2020 semesters are eligible to submit an application for a WCC CARES Grant.  Applications are reviewed for student eligibility issues and, if all required eligibility criteria are met, the student is then notified they are eligible to receive a WCC CARES Grant.

    The College processes CARES Grants at $500, $1,000, and $1,500 award amounts.

    When completing the online application, a student is asked what areas of support they need assistance with.  The areas of support include Course Materials (including any required software), Online Expenses (Internet, Phone, Other), Technology (Laptop, Tablet), or Child Care.  The College has allocated $1,000 to each area of support.

    The areas of support identified on the application are then combined with the student’s enrollment status for the term under review.  A full-time student, defined as a student with 12 or more credit hours, is eligible for up to a $1,500 award.  A student enrolled 6 to 11.5 credit hours is eligible for a maximum award of $1,000.  A student taking less than 6 credit hours is eligible for a maximum award of $500.  If a student’s combined dollar value associated with the student’s identified areas of support is less than the award amount they are eligible for based on their enrollment, the College would then provide the self-identified support needed.  The maximum amount of an award for a semester is $1,500 regardless of the number of areas of support selected by a student.

     
  7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

    Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution can be found at https://www.wccnet.edu/afford/financial-aid/federal/grants/cares.php.

    The following emails have been sent to students regarding the WCC CARES Grant:

    Greetings,

    The COVID-19 public health crisis has evolved into a financial crisis. Accordingly, students wrapping up Winter semester classes may be eligible for a WCC CARES Grant.

    Our records indicate you had a face-to-face class transition to alternate delivery, and that you already have a valid FAFSA on file with the WCC Financial Aid Office. That qualifies you to request funds to cover eligible expenses.

    Funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the emergency grants are intended to help our students with expenses incurred as a result of the disruption of WCC on-campus classes — such as technology needs, internet access, childcare and course materials.

    You may apply for a WCC CARES Grant at wccnet.edu/cares. Questions? Contact the Financial Aid Office at 734-973-3523 or [email protected].

    WCC CARES Grants for students who enroll in Summer and/or Fall classes will be available at a later date.

    Congratulations on reaching the end of a most unusual semester. We’re very proud of the resiliency, determination and innovation you exhibited to get through the past seven weeks.

    Take care and stay safe,

    Linda Blakey
    Executive Vice President of Student and Academic Services

    Greetings,

    The COVID-19 public health crisis has evolved into a financial crisis. Accordingly, students wrapping up Winter semester classes may be eligible for a WCC CARES Grant.

    Our records indicate you may be qualified to request funds to cover eligible expenses if you had a valid 2019-20 FAFSA on file with the WCC Financial Aid Office. You can do so at fafsa.gov (be sure to add Washtenaw Community College as a school choice).

    Funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the emergency grants are intended to help our students with expenses incurred as a result of the disruption of WCC on-campus classes — such as technology needs, internet access, childcare and course materials.

    You may apply for a WCC CARES Grant at wccnet.edu/cares. Questions? Contact the Financial Aid Office at 734-973-3523 or [email protected].

    WCC CARES Grants for students who enroll in Summer and/or Fall classes will be available at a later date.

    Congratulations on reaching the end of a most unusual semester. We’re very proud of the resiliency, determination and innovation you exhibited to get through the past seven weeks.

    Take care and stay safe,

    Linda Blakey
    Executive Vice President of Student and Academic Services