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WPI to Distribute Federal HEERF II Funding

Note: This is dated information and may not reflect the current policies in place on campus. Please refer to We Are WPI for the latest information.

February 15, 2021

This message was sent to the WPI community.

As we continue to deal with the ongoing impact of COVID-19, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is committed to providing financial assistance to students in need. As part of the recently passed federal legislation known as the Higher Educations Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which is part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), WPI has received approximately $1.4 million for distribution directly to eligible students, especially those with exceptional need. This funding will help offset their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. WPI’s allocation was determined by the Department of Education (DOE), based on student enrollment, and weighted toward the number of students who received a Federal Pell Grant.

These funds are being distributed in two phases:

In the first phase, beginning the week of February 15, 2021, all undergraduate students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant (as of Monday, February 15, 2021), enrolled in C Term, Spring 2021, and charged for Spring 2021, will receive a one-time grant of $1,500. There is no application required for this funding. This approach prioritizes students with exceptional need, per the CRRSAA guidelines. In order to provide grants to students as quickly as possible, it is imperative that all eligible students sign up for direct deposit through their CashNet portal (where students view and pay their student account eBills). If students do not update or sign up for direct deposit, they will receive a physical check sent to their home address on file with WPI. 

In the second phase, funding will be granted to eligible students through an application process.  Applications will be reviewed by the Office of Student Aid & Financial Literacy. The decision whether the applicant will receive a grant will be on a case-by-case basis, determined by demonstrated need and may include a review of any financial-related documents the applicant has on file with the Financial Aid Office (e.g., 2020-2021 FAFSA)). The number of students who will receive a grant will be subject to the availability of funds.  These grants will not exceed $500 per student. Federal Pell Grant students may apply for additional funding. 

Please visit our HEERF II Funding FAQ page for more information. 

As always, for any questions about financial aid or emergency assistance, please contact the Office of Student Aid & Financial Literacy at

Jessica Sabourin
Director of Student Aid & Financial Literacy