CARES Act

The WMU CARES Act application has closed. Applicants will be notified via their WMU email by Monday, June 22. 

Eligibility requirements

According to CARES funding eligibility requirements, among other stipulations, a recipient must:

  • have been enrolled for classes in the spring 2020 semester as of March 13, 2020 in an undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking program (students who were exclusively enrolled in an online distance education program are not eligible),
  • have a 2019-20 FAFSA on file with Western Michigan University, and
  • demonstrate financial need or hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Refund procedure

Please allow 7-10 business days for processing of your application. Once your application has been processed, the refund procedure will begin. Refunds will disperse electronically if you have an e-refund account set-up or you will be mailed a paper check. Please note that funds will not be applied to any outstanding balance, but directly refunded to you. Please continue to check GoWMU regarding the status of your refund.

CARES Act—Report and Disclosure

  1. The total amount of funds WMU received on April 29, 2020, from the U.S. Department of Education for distribution to students is $7,743,152.
  2. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 6, 2020, is $2,058,000.
  3. The estimated total number of students at WMU eligible to participate in programs under section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under section 18004(a)(1) of the Cares Act is 12,642.
  4. The total number of students who received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 6, 2020 is 4,116.
  5. The methods used to determine which and how much students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants are as follows:
    - Have been enrolled for classes in the spring 2020 semester as of March 13, 2020.
    - In an undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking program (students who were exclusively enrolled in an online distance education program are not eligible).
    - Have a 2019-20 FAFSA on file with Western Michigan University.
    - Demonstrate financial need or hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    - Submit an application using WMU’s ScholarshipUniverse tool.
  6.  The instructions, directions, or guidance provided by WMU to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants were sent via University email, published on the financial aid websitewmich.edu/finaid/cares, and announced on socialmedia.