What You Need to Know:
A significant viral outbreak of a new type of Coronavirus named “2019 Novel Coronavirus” or “COVID-19” is affecting a large number of countries around the world, including the United States.

  • At this time, there are no known cases in Ohio.
  • While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers this a serious public health concern, the immediate risk to the American general public is considered low at this time.
  • For updated information on the international outbreak, follow:
    • The daily World Health Organization Situation Report,
    • The Center for Disease Control Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary,
    • Or the Greene County Public Health Precautions for COVID-19.

What Can You Do?

Practicing the following routine hygiene is the best way to prevent the spread of infection:

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use alcohol hand rub regularly, especially after coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Anyone who is ill should keep a safe distance (at least 3 feet) from others to reduce the risk of transmitting germs.
  • Stay home if you don’t feel well. If you’re seriously ill, seek medical advice from a health care provider or emergency department.

Dear Wilberforce University Student:

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the physical campus has closed. Unfortunately, this has made it impossible for students to complete their work-study hours. Usually, students who do not work their hours may not receive a work-study payment. The U.S. Office of Postsecondary Education is providing guidance for work-study payments during this pandemic.

Currently, Wilberforce University is reviewing the guidelines and student records to determine who is eligible to receive Federal Work-Study (FWS) payments. The process may take a couple of weeks to complete; however, our goal is to process payments (which includes the workweek of March 15, 2020) by April 17, 2020, or sooner.


Do I qualify to receive a work-study payment? Eligible students:

  • Awarded FWS for the spring 2020 term.
  • Already worked and earned FWS hours during the Spring 2020 term before the disruption.
  • Currently enrolled for a minimum of 6 credit hours and attending classes during the Spring 2020 term.

If I am an eligible student, how will you calculate the payment? Eligible students:

  • Should be paid for 20 hours per week until all of their FWS allocations have been exhausted,
  • Or until the Spring 2020 term ends (April 29, 2020)
  • Or until the students have earned all of the FWS initially awarded,
  • Or whichever comes first.

When should I expect payments to start and end? Eligible students: 

  • Should expect to receive their first payment on April 17, 2020.
  • Payment will include work-study completed during the week of March 15, 2020.
  • Payments end when the Spring 2020 term ends (April 29, 2020), or until the students have earned all of the FWS initially awarded, or whichever comes first.

For more information, please email:

Ms. Megan Moran – mmoran@wilberforce.edu  (Payroll assistance)
Ms. Andrea Sanders – asanders@wilberforce.edu (FWS assistance)

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