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From the Desk of President Elfred Anthony Pinkard

CARES ACT Student Disbursement  

April 29, 2020

The Department of Education (DOE) has given Wilberforce University approximately $344,686 to be disbursed to students due to the financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is the process we have developed to distribute the funds to our currently enrolled students.

There will be four categories of students that were enrolled on March 16, 2020 during the Spring 2020 semester:

  1. The First Category consists of fulltime Pell eligible students. These students are taking 12 or more credit hours during the Spring 2020 semester.
  2. The Second Category will consist of fulltime students that are not Pell eligible, or students that did not apply for financial aid but could have that are taking 12 or core credit hours during the Spring 2020 semester
  3. The Third Category will consist of Pell eligible students that are taking less than 12 credit hours during the Spring 2020 semester.
  4. The Fourth Category will consist of Non-Pell eligible students or students that did not apply for financial aid but could have that are taking less than 12 credit hours.

The intent is for all students, except graduate students to receive a disbursement as soon as possible that is why we have chosen not to have the students complete an application for these funds. Graduate students were excluded because the Graduate Program has acquired a $2 million grant and part of those funds are used for scholarships and stipends for graduate students.

Funds will be distributed through the Accounts Payable Office, in the Business and Finance division. Students will receive funding even if they have a current balance on their student account.

Once the current enrollment list has been validated for accuracy, we will be able to determine the amounts that will be given out for the four categories of enrolled students.

Please be assured that this funding is forthcoming and we ask your patience as we work to distribute the funds to each student.

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