Wright State gives $6.7M in federal aid to eligible students

Almost 5,000 students received American Rescue Plan grants last week; others can fill out online application

Credit: Jim Noelker

Credit: Jim Noelker

Wright State Is giving about $6.7 million in emergency financial aid grants to students currently enrolled at the university.

The funds come from the federal American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law last year. Wright State received an additional $14.2 million in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan to help defray university expenses associated with the coronavirus, university officials said.

Wright State says it issued more than $6.3 million in grants to 4,921 students last week, prioritizing students with financial need. For students who already filed a FAFSA financial aid form, the university automatically awards students the funds, and students can view any awards through their student accounts.

Seth Bauguess, a university spokesman, said students who have set up direct deposit can get the awards sent directly to their bank accounts. Any student who didn’t have direct deposit set up, would have a check mailed to their address.

“We believe these funds will provide some financial relief to a broad range of our students who have experienced hardship because of COVID-19,” said Kim Everhart, director of financial aid.

Wright State said the remaining $324,387 in emergency funds have been set aside for students who did not file a FAFSA. Those students may apply for emergency grants of up to $500 by completing an online application.

The federal funds are available to help students with emergency expenses that arise because of the coronavirus pandemic, and can be used for tuition, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare, the university said.

Under the American Rescue Plan, Wright State students who are eligible for funds include degree- and non-degree-seeking students, refugees, asylum seekers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students and international students.

This round of funding is the third round of federal emergency funding that Wright State has received to help students with costs associated with the pandemic.

As of Jan. 10, Wright State says it has distributed $17,927,807 in federal emergency relief funds to 11,808 students.

Sinclair Community College has also been using federal COVID-19 relief funds to give students grants.

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