EWC receives funding for students


 TORRINGTON – Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) received another round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF) for its students.

The funding was passed in congress as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) 2021 and was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020.

CRRSAA will provide $22.7 billion in HEERF for colleges and universities. Part of that funding was designated to be given to students in the form of a grant.

“According to Susan Stephenson, Director of Financial aid, EWC received $945,262 in the HEERF II funds,” said Tami Afdahl, Director of College Relations. “A minimum of $210,262 must be spent on student emergency grants with a maximum institutional proportion of $735,000.”

In order to get funds to students quickest, EWC won’t be requiring students to complete an initial application to receive the funds. Priority will be given to students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) in the Pell eligible range as determined by 2020-2021 FAFSA.

The enrollment status (Full or Part time) of the student will determine the amount they should expect to receive from EWC.

Students may use the funding they receive for anything related to their cost of attending school due to issues arising due to the coronavirus. Things that are applicable include: tuition, food, housing, healthcare or childcare. 

According to the press release, “EWC will not apply the funds directly to a student’s outstanding balance without the student’s signed authorization to do so.”

Student eligibility and the awarding of grants began on Feb. 16 and will continue for the rest of the Spring 2021 semester. 

Once a student is approved, a check will be mailed directly to them starting March 5. Students will also receive instructions on how to all or a portion of the check applied to their remaining balance if they wish to do so.

If you have any questions regarding the specific calculations of funds or any aid related questions, contact the EWC Financial Aid Office at 307-532-8224.

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