CARES Act FAQ

As part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act 2021 (CRRSAA), the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) provides colleges with funds to award grants for their students.

These funds are specifically intended to provide aid for students for expenses related to the disruptions due to the coronavirus and cost of attendance (such as food, housing, course materials, technology needs, health care and child care). Our objective is to provide assistance to TWU students who demonstrate exceptional need.

Am I eligible to apply?

Students will be notified via email from Financial Aid if they meet the initial eligibility requirements. Those students will then be asked to complete a short verification form.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, a permanent resident, or an eligible noncitizen
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Demonstrate exceptional financial need by having an expected financial contribution (EFC) less that $5,711 for undergraduate students and $0 for graduate students.
  • Be enrolled in Spring 2021

The U.S. Department of Education does not allow HEERF II Emergency Grants to be awarded to international students or undocumented students.

How much could I receive?

You could be eligible for a maximum of $1,000. 

How do I apply for CARES Act relief funds?

Financial Aid will determine initial eligibility and will contact eligible students via email. Students will then complete a short verification form.

How will I receive relief funds if I am eligible?

Eligible students will complete the verification form and will indicate distribution preferences. The fastest way to receive the funds will be to apply it to your TWU account.

Can I request a review based on special circumstances?

If you were not identified for initial eligibility and have had significant impact due to COVID, including: death in immediate family, hospitalization because of COVID, loss of employment by parent or self, then you may request a review by completing the 2021-2022 Special Circumstances Form (PDF).

I received CARES Act funding in Spring 2021. Am I eligible for this round of funding?

Initially, no, you will not be eligible. Our goal is to help as many students as possible. 

Will these funds need to be repaid?

No. These are relief funds, and you are not required to repay these funds to either TWU or the U.S. Department of Education.

How much did TWU receive in the HEERF II distribution?

TWU received $4.3 million from the U.S. Department of Education.

Page last updated 8:28 AM, May 5, 2021