Email to students from President Mortensen

Federal CARES Act (COVID-19): Higher Education Relief Fund

Dear Weber State Student:

Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which included funds for higher education institutions across the nation. The U.S. Department of Education required that institutions use the funds for two purposes: university operations and direct payment to students. During this difficult time, Weber State University is pleased to distribute the funds to help students qualified under the CARES Act and the university’s financial aid model. Please see the chart below for more information.

CARES Act funding is limited and cannot meet every expectation or request. Weber State, however, seeks to share the funds as widely and thoughtfully as possible, using a model that categorizes individual financial need based on information submitted by students via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)[1].

We continue to stand with you as we navigate this unprecedented health challenge together. If you need any assistance with your path forward as a Weber State student, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at one of the many ways found here: We are standing by to help.

Thank you for being a Weber State student!

CARES ACT GENERAL FUND Have you completed the FAFSA? If not, visit this page: If you qualified for federal financial aid and registered for summer or fall classes at WSU, the Financial Aid department will reach out to you with information on your direct payment.
EMERGENCY FUND Emergency funds may also be available for students who do not qualify for FAFSA or students who suffered expenses due to the disruption of campus operations during the spring semester. For more information, please visit

[1] To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work-study, and loans, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and easier than ever, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school. In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.

Brad L. Mortensen, PhD
President, Weber State University