Lindsey Wilson College students will soon begin to see some financial relief from unexpected expenses incurred due to the disruption of campus operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, LWC will receive an allocation of funds to assist eligible students whose face-to-face classes were suspended for the spring term. The emergency cash grant will help students cover additional expenses (i.e., food, housing, course materials, technology, health care or childcare) incurred because of the College’s need to transition to an online learning format.
Eligible students include undergraduate degree-seeking students who were enrolled in the spring 2020 semester on the main or extended campuses whose classes were face-to-face. Students also need to have applied for federal student aid by submitting a 2019-20 FAFSA and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) not more than $20,000. Ineligible students per federal guidelines include those taking primarily online courses and international or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students.
According to LWC Vice President for Administration and Finance Mark Coleman, the College will immediately distribute the funds earmarked for emergency cash grants as soon as it is received from the federal government.
The federal government asked that priority be given to the students with the highest financial need. Therefore, the College based the emergency cash grants on EFC providing more support for those with a greater financial need.
The emergency cash grants are in addition to the room and board reimbursements already refunded to students by the College.