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CARES Wyoming College Grant Program

UW students can receive up to $3,250 through a new grant program.

University of Wyoming students who have suffered financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic can rest a little easier, thanks to a new program aimed at helping them achieve their educational goals. Using federal CARES act funding approved by Governor Mark Gordon, the temporary relief program is designed to provide up to $3,250 per eligible current student enrolled in the upcoming fall 2020 to help assist them with any financial burden. The CARES Wyoming College Grant Program funds are not required to be paid back to the university by the student.

 

Important Dates:

  • August 21: Deadline to enroll in fall 2020 semester and become eligible to apply for funds
  • December 1: Deadline to apply for funds

 

 

Many Students are Eligible

Whether you’re an incoming freshman or in the final year of your graduate degree, many UW students are eligible for funding. Students must be enrolled during the fall 2020 semester to receive funds. Funding amount is concurrent with the number of enrolled credit hours during that semester, with 12+ credits (undergraduate/pharmacy) and 9+ credits (graduate/law) as the maximum attainable amount. Stimulus amounts are prorated for students enrolled in fewer credits. Use our eligibility checker to estimate your funding.

 

Important Note to Non-Resident Students

All non-resident students MUST be enrolled in at least one course that was considered on-campus, face-to-face modality during the fall 2020 semester to be eligible for funding through this program. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance.

 

12+ (undergraduate/pharmacy) and 9+ (graduate/law)  credit hours equates to $3,250 per academic semester
9 (undergraduate/pharmacy) and 7 (graduate/law) credit hours equates to $2,437 per academic semester
6 (undergraduate/pharmacy) and 4.5 (graduate/law)  credit hours equates to $1,083.33 per academic semester

 

Not a student yet?

If you’ve been on the fence about coming to UW, you could still become eligible for this program. Now is an excellent time to get your application submitted. If you’ve already applied for the upcoming semester, but haven’t enrolled, there’s also still time for that! Simply confirm your enrollment and get registered for classes for the upcoming semester before August 21.

*Graphics are designed to guide students and are not a guarantee of funding.

 

 

 

Check Your Eligibility

Icon of a speedometerIf you or someone in your family has experienced diminished income or loss of employment due to the impacts of COVID-19, you may be eligible!

Use the interactive tool below to estimate your eligibility.

Please note: this tool is not designed to guarantee funding. Students must apply for funds by completing an application for funds through UW’s financial aid office.

 

Enrollment section

Are you currently enrolled at University of Wyoming for the fall 2020 semester?



Are you a current Wyoming resident?



Are you enrolled in at least ONE (1) traditional face-to-face course or lab for the fall 2020 semester at UW?





Financial section

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, please mark YES or NO if you or someone in your family has experienced any of the following financial hardships:

Delay in progress towards degree completion? (increased educational cost or loss in securing employment)



Been furloughed from employment?



Experienced job loss, regardless of termination reason?



Reduction in hours at work?



Missed opportunity for planned employment due to company’s repositioning on hiring?



A decrease in value of any financial assets or accounts?



Been forced to relocate?



 

Answers To Your Questions

What constitutes financial hardship?

Students and their parents who experienced job loss or underemployment due to COVID-19 may be eligible due to financial hardship. Try our eligibility checker to estimate if you qualify.

 

Can I use this money on tuition or fees?

This program is designed to meet financial burdens you may have experienced due to COVID-19, therefore funding can only be used to cover cost of attendance separate from tuition and fees. Please contact financial aid if you have questions about how your funding will be issued.

 

How do I demonstrate financial loss?

Due to the global economic effects of COVID-19, many students and their families have endured financial or job loss. Use our interactive tool to estimate your eligibility and apply for funds through the financial aid office.

 

Does this affect any scholarships or other grants?

Please contact financial aid if you have questions regarding scholarships or other grants.

 

Do part-time students qualify?

Funds are concurrent with the number of enrolled credit hours. So, if you’re an undergraduate student enrolled in 12+ credits for fall 2020 and meet financial eligibility, you would receive the full $3,250 funding amount. If you are enrolled in 9 credits, your stimulus would be prorated at 75% for a total funding amount of $2,437.50. Likewise, graduate students taking less than 9 credits, which is considered full-time status, will receive a prorated funding amount.

 

Do non-resident students qualify?

Yes. However, all non-resident students MUST be enrolled in at least one course that was considered on-campus, face-to-face modality during the fall 2020 semester to be eligible for funding through this program. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance.

 

Can more than one student per household qualify?

Yes. If a single household has more than one eligible and enrolled UW student, funding is treated as separate for each student based on their enrolled credit hours.

 

Do international students qualify?

No. Students must be U.S. Citizens to receive funding from this program. International students, DACA and permanent residents are not eligible for funding through this program.

 

What if I am not a current or incoming student to UW, can I qualify?

You must be a current student (incoming first-year or transfer student for fall 2020 included) to qualify for this grant.

Additional funds have been set aside for the Trailblazer Adult Education Grant Program and is designed to provide a $2,500 grant to Wyoming resident adult learners between the ages of 25 - 64 who wish to enroll in fall 2020. Learn more here.

 

What if I still have questions?

Please contact CARES-funding@uwyo.edu or call (307) 766-4340.

 

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