CARES Act & Emergency Financial Aid Grants for Students

The U.S. Congress passed the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

These emergency grants cover eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as:

  • food and housing
  • course materials and technology
  • health care
  • childcare

WSU applied for CARES Act funding and signed an agreement on April 14 to use at least 50% of the funds to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

On April 24, the Department of Education allocated direct-to-student funds totaling $2,848,478 to WSU.

On May 6, 2020, the Department of Education allocated institutional funds (Portion 2) totaling $2,848,478 to cover significant changes in the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.

See the full CARES Act Expenditure Report (PDF).

How can students get Emergency Financial Aid Grants?

Students are determined eligible for an Emergency Financial Aid Grants by WSU.

WSU has identified 6,165 students as eligible based on the definition of eligibility in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (Section 484), and under the guidance of the Minnesota State System.

As of Oct. 10, 2020, Winona State University has distributed $2,440,799 to 6,165 students.

For questions, please contact Financial Aid at