The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a federal grant that provides relief from COVID-19. The CARES Act specifies that funds can be disbursed as grants to students whose education is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. The funds are to be used specifically for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, and may be used for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care incurred during 2020 summer and fall quarters. Best of all, these grants do not have to be paid back.
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement of these awarded funds. The school has received $63,564 dollars of federal CARES Act funds of which the school acknowledges $31,782 will be disbursed to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to current students.
As of August 2, 2020 the school has dispersed $25,500 of the $31,782 the received from the Department of Education to 18 students. NWSWB estimates the total number of students at the institution who are or could be eligible to participate is 20 students (or 75% of current students).
- You must be presently enrolled at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding as part of a 12-month Boatbuilding or 6-month Marine Systems program
- You must meet federal financial aid criteria (see below)
- You must complete and submit this form
No, not as of this time. CARES Grants are not a type of federal financial aid. However, to be eligible, you still must meet all of the following criteria you would have to meet to file a FAFSA. You must be prepared to document that you do meet all of the criteria.
1. Be a citizen or eligible noncitizen of the United States.
2. Have a valid Social Security Number
3. Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate.
4. Be enrolled in an eligible program of study as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate.
5. Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
6. Not owe a refund on a federal student grant or be in default on a federal student loan.
7. Register (or already be registered) with the Selective Service System, if you are a male and not currently on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces.
8. Not have a conviction for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (such as grants, work-study, or loans).
- Grants range from $500 to $2,000 per student
- CARES Grants will not affect any federal or state financial aid students may be receiving
- Funds are disbursed by check
What is the process for awarding CARES Grants?
Students complete an application that includes questions related to determining and documenting their need for COVID related emergency funds and an attestation that they meet the Department of Education eligibility requirements.
A team consisting of the School’s Financial Aid Director, Executive Director, and Students Services Manager will review the applications and determine the amount of grant award based on the number of requests made using customary financial aid award principles. Grants are expected to be in the range of $500 to $2,000.
When can I receive the CARES Act grant?
CARES Act grants will be disbursed to students in the order they are processed as funds last.
Katie Whalen, Business Manager
Students were sent an email on 7-28-2020 directing them to the school’s website where instructions and an online application are available. The School’s Financial Aid Director hosted a follow-up Q&A CARES Act Emergency Grant zoom meeting with current students on 7-30-2020.