WAU to use $400K in CARES Act Funding to Support Students

Written by: Richard Castillo

Washington Adventist University will use $400,000 it is receiving as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Security (CARES) Act to individually support students who have demonstrated need and are facing challenges or disruption due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The U.S. Department of Education is disbursing this aid as part of the CARES Act of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. The fund is designed to prioritize students with the greatest demonstrated need. 

“This global pandemic is affecting our students on a wide basis. The hardships are pervasive and diverse, and although this amount of relief may not solve all of these issues, we pray it is a lift mentally and financially,” President Weymouth Spence said. “Our university is the location for our students to expand their horizons so that they can be a great benefit to society in the future. Their success is our top priority, and we are committed to doing everything we can to assist in this challenging time.”

The funds will be distributed evenly among qualifying students. Students who were full-time during the Spring 2020 semester can receive $570.91. All other qualifying students will receive $285.46. 

The first batch of grants will be provided to the 165 Spring 2020 residence hall students. Grant request applications will be sent to all commuter students by June 3, 2020. A soft deadline of June 10, 2020

W.A.U. is taking further steps to relieve some of the burdens during these difficult times. In a move voted by the university cabinet, W.A.U. is instituting a progr

am called S.I.N.G. Students In Need Grants. W.A.U. has and will continue to distribute funding to students in need of support. This program will be ongoing and will offer information towards the wide expanse of funding the university has been and will continue to provide our students in the future. 

Students with further questions can reach out to the office of Student Financial Services at finaid@wau.edu

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