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Historical Methods 2020

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Whittier College, like many other Colleges and Universities, received federal funding through the CARES Act passed by Congress on March 27, 2020. Part of the CARES Act included the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund that provided $2.2 trillion in aid to Americans, $14 billion of which was given to postsecondary schools. The document displayed is the application for the Emergency Relief Grant, sent to students of Whittier College. The application inquired about the reasons for applying for the grant and the cost of various student expenses, such as food, rent, travel, and healthcare. Students were also asked to upload supporting documentation of their expenses. The most students could receive in the first round of grant aid was $575.

To apply, students had to meet the eligibility requirements: enrolled in at least one face-to-face course during the 2020 Spring semester, completed a FAFSA application for 2019-2020 or 2020-2021, or met the Title IV eligibility requirements. DACA students, therefore, were not eligible to apply for the grant due Title IV requirements. Students of immigrant parents or students of low SES rely on grants like these to help their families financially because they do not qualify for aid themselves.