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CARES ACT / Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

COVID-19 Response Information

CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Updated May 19, 2020

Utilization of CARES Act Funds:

Certification and Agreement.   Washington College completed a formal Certification and Agreement with the U.S. Department of Education on April 10, 2020.  The agreement provides that fifty (50) percent of its formula grant funds be used for the sole and exclusive purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. 


Amount of Funds Received.  Washington College has received a total of $1,047,397 under the CARES Act.  Of this sum, $523,699 has been earmarked for emergency financial aid grants to eligible students.  The balance of $523,698 will be utilized by the Washington to offset expenditures incurred by the institution as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Eligible Students.  The estimated total number of Washington College students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 is 961.  These students are deemed eligible to apply for Emergency Financial Aid Grants.  Eligible students were informed by email of the opportunity to apply for an Emergency Financial Aid Grant.  Eligible students were invited to complete and submit an application.  All applications were reviewed and approved based upon criteria established and administered by Washington College.
If you do not have a FAFSA on file with Washington College but believe you are eligible for Title IV funding or if you are unsure if you are eligible for Title IV funding, please review the attached form. If you can answer yes to all questions, please complete this form and email it to


Emergency Financial Aid Grants As of May 19, 2020, a total of $329,600 has been distributed among 304 eligible students.


Posted May 5, 2020

CARES Act Funds:
Washington College did receive funding for students impacted by COVID-19.  Students received an email on May 5 with a link for them to fill out requesting funds for their need.  

Qualifications for CARES Act Funds:
The Department of Education has placed restrictions on the CARES Act Relief Funds. In order to receive these funds, students must be eligible to receive Title IV aid. This means that students must have a valid FAFSA on file and must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students will be reviewed for eligibility upon receipt of the application. If you are not sure if you meet these criteria, we encourage you to fill out the application regardless. Washington College Emergency Funds are available to all enrolled Washington College students and can be used for those not eligible for the CARES Act funds.

What if you don’t qualify for CARES Act funds?
Still fill out the form that was in the May 5th email.  Washington College has raised money to support our students and we are dedicated to helping our students get through this difficult time.  

Time table: 
Please allow 10-14 business days for us to process your request and get funds into your bank account. If you have not yet setup direct deposit, you are encouraged to do so on Student Self Service as soon as possible. Students without direct deposit will have a check mailed, which will delay the receipt of the funds. Grants will be automatically awarded to students regardless of any existing credit or balance owed. 

Where is the link to apply?
The link has been sent to every student.  Please check your Washington College email address.  If you have specific questions please email