CARES Act Emergency Grant Funds

WCU announces additional emergency financial assistance for students for spring 2020.

West Chester University is committed to lessening the burden of students facing expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses. WCU is pleased to announce that emergency assistance grants are now available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  CARES Act grants are to be used to provide emergency assistance to WCU students enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester with financial need stemming from COVID-19-related disruption of campus operations, including cost of attendance expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

The U.S. Department of Education has determined that students must be eligible for Title IV aid to qualify for the CARES Act grants.  Additionally, the Department of Education has determined that a student is not eligible if they were enrolled in programs that were exclusively online even before COVID-19 closures or withdrew from the University prior to Friday, March 13.

If you did not complete your FAFSA, then the 2020-2021 FAFSA should be filed.  The FAFSA form may be completed at  We strongly recommend that you complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA because it will serve as application for both CARES Act funds and other Title IV aid programs.

Students who meet the eligibility requirements provided by the U.S. Department of Education may be awarded emergency financial assistance cash grants of up to $750 to assist with need due to COVID-19’s disruption to campus. The University has made the decision that students who are eligible for the Pell Grant may receive up to $1,000 in a CARES Act grant.

Please be aware that funding is limited, and requests will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis until WCU’s allocated federal funds have been exhausted. Students may begin to apply for the funding beginning Friday, May 1.  Students may complete the application in Scholarship Manager

If funds remain, emergency financial assistance through the CARES Act for summer and/or fall session will be announced at a later date.

A more detailed FAQ is available.


For additional information, please contact the financial aid office by sending an email message to

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