COVID-19 CARES Act Emergency Grant Information

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Emergency Funds

Wilson Community College is committed to supporting students who were adversely affected by the educational and economic impacts of the coronavirus COVID-19. The recently enacted federal CARES Act provides money for colleges to offer financial assistance to eligible students. The purpose of the funding is to provide emergency financial aid grants for student expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus COVID-19.

The College wants to provide as much assistance as possible for all students, but funds are limited and must be awarded in accordance with federal guidelines. WCC will give full consideration to all applicants, but cannot guarantee that all applications will be eligible for funding.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must meet all of the requirements listed below to be considered for a CARES Act emergency grant. Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants.

Students who do not meet these requirements are not eligible and do not need to complete an application:

  • Completed the 2019-2020 FAFSA.
  • Eligible US Citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Male students must be registered for Selective Service (females are exempt).
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Enrolled at WCC in at least one face-to-face class for the Spring 2020 semester.

Students must be enrolled in an academic program that meets eligibility requirements for federal funding. The programs listed below are not eligible for CARES Act emergency grant funding.

Students taking classes through these programs do not need to apply:

  • Career and College Promise (CCP) – dual enrolled high school students taking college classes
  • Early College High School – WECA and WAAT
  • Continuing Education – non-credit classes, i.e. Nurse Aide, Advanced Manufacturing, HRD
  • GED/Adult High School
  • Mechanical Engineering Diploma
  • Curriculum Certificate Programs, excluding Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Certificate
  • Special Credit – students who are not completing a degree, diploma, or certificate at WCC

How to Apply

Complete and submit the CARES Act Emergency Grant Application and return it by e-mail to Candace Brewer at, Applications received by May 14, 2020 will receive first priority. Applications received after that date will be processed based on student eligibility and availability of funding. Submission of an application does not guarantee an award.

CARES Act Emergency Grant Application

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