COVID-19 Emergency Aid

COVID-19 Emergency Aid

Westmoreland County Community College has received Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding(HEERF) from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds provide direct emergency assistance for Westmoreland students. Our goal is to assist students in accordance with federal guidelines. 

Westmoreland signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education on April 24, 2020 and Westmoreland intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.  The certification document outlines Recipient Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CARES Act.  Westmoreland received additional COVID-19 relief funding through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) ActWe will also continue to update and post the information here

Below is some additional information regarding the CARES ACT and CRRSA ACT.  If you feel that you should apply, complete this form. If you still have questions, please reach out to your advisor for assistance. 

CARES ACT

The CARES Act provided financial assistance through institutions of higher education but required students to meet certain eligibility criteria including: 

  • Students must be Title IV eligible.  Eligibility was determined by the student completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 
  • Students must be making satisfactory academic progress
  • Students could not be enrolled in online only programs prior to March 13, 2020.
  • Have incurred a COVID-19 related expense

CRRSA ACT

The CRRSA Act also provides financial assistance through institutions of higher education but prioritizes students with exceptional need. The CRRSA Act allows additional students to qualify as it removes the Title IV eligibility requirement but does require students to be a US Citizen or an Eligible non-citizen.  In addition, CRRSA Act funds can be awarded to students who are in online programs and can be applied directly to student accounts to cover outstanding tuition and fees with the student’s authorization.  

When will I receive my funds?

We will verify eligibility and disburse funds to students in accordance with federal guidelines.  If you have applied for CARES Act funds for the Spring 2021 term, funds will be disbursed as soon as possible.  Due to the high volume of requests, we cannot predict a timeframe. Students are encouraged to continue to apply during the spring semester.   For summer 2021, students will receive funds after the first few weeks of the summer semester as we have to verify enrollment and attendance.  

What do I do if I am not eligible for federal financial aid, but have significant needs?

Please reach out to your advisor or counselor or submit this form, and the Westmoreland team will do our best to connect you with resources.

Reporting Update

Institutions participating in CARES Act funding are required to make the following information easily available via their website. Since Westmoreland County Community College was granted $ 1,188,725  in CARES Act funding to distribute to students within one year of accepting the funds, as well as additional CRRSA Act funding, the college has committed to updating the amounts given to students and the number of students served regularly.  

Reporting Data

Amounts of Funds Disbursed

Number of  Awards Given
May 15, 2020 $148,500 297
Reporting Data

Amount of Funds Disbursed

Number of Awards Given
June 19, 2020 $257,500 515
Reporting Data Amount of Funds Disbursed Number of Awards Given 
July 29, 2020 $267,500 535

Reporting
Data

Amount of Funds Disbursed Number of Awards Given 
September 24, 2020 $541,500 807
Reporting
Data
Amount of Funds Disbursed Number of Awards Given 
October 14, 2020 $662,500 930
Reporting
Data
Amount of Funds Disbursed Number of Awards Given 
November 12, 2020 $711,500 979

 

Reporting
Data
Amount of Funds Disbursed  Number of Awards Given 
January 7, 2021 $786,500 1,054
Reporting
Data
Amount of Funds Disbursed Number of Awards Given 
February 16, 2021 $1,099,250 1,398
Reporting Data Amount of Funds Disbursed Number of Awards Given 
March 19, 2021 $1,459,000 1,830