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COVID-19 FAQ: Financial Aid & Billing

Where can I find the CARES Act Department of Education HEERF reporting for Whitworth University?

This information is available at the CARES Act Department of Education HEERF Reporting¬†webpage from Whitworth's Office of Financial Aid.

Are students with financial challenges related to the coronavirus eligible for additional financial aid?

Possibly. Students who incurred expenses after March 13 from the disruption of campus operations related to the coronavirus, and who are eligible for federal Title IV funds, may be eligible for emergency grants provided through the CARES Act. Students and families who have lost income or have experienced other financial hardships not directly related to disruptions of campus operations may be eligible for additional grant aid. They should contact their financial aid counselor about their specific circumstances at finaid@whitworth.edu.

How do I know if I'm eligible for an emergency grant?

Students who have filed a 2019-20 FAFSA and have been approved for federal aid are eligible for emergency grants under the CARES Act. Students who have not filed a 2019-20 FAFSA should consult with their financial aid counselor at finaid@whitworth.edu.

What kind of expenses can be covered by emergency grants from the CARES Act?

Emergency grants must be used for expenses incurred after March 13 that were directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. These expenses could be for housing, food, personal care, healthcare, transportation, educational supplies or technology.

How much will I receive in an emergency grant?

Due to the limited CARES Act funding available, emergency grants will not exceed $3,000.

How will I receive my emergency grant?

Emergency grants will be transferred by ACH to students' bank accounts. Students who haven't set up ACT with the university should do so to expedite their grant transfers. Students who don't have a bank should contact Whitworth Student Accounts at 509.777.4495 or stuaccs@whitworth.edu.

When will financial aid offers for 2020-21 be sent to students?

Incoming first-year and transfer students will receive their financial aid offers within 2-3 weeks of when they are admitted to Whitworth. Financial aid offers will be sent to current students returning next year by the end of June.

When will students have to pay their bill for 2020-21?

Students will be mailed information about their bills the first week of July. Payments or payment arrangements (i.e. approved parent loans or established payment plans) will need to be in place by the first week of August. Students will be emailed a Billing Information Workbook outlining the process in June.