Western Carolina University – Tuition waived for summer students
Western Carolina University will allocate approximately $ 3.775 million in Federal Higher Education Emergency Assistance (HEERF III) funds to students this summer. WCU allocates funds immediately to be used for student success initiatives, including tuition waivers for all eligible undergraduates enrolled in any summer semester. The exemptions do not include the costs.
The allocation also includes nearly $ 407,000 to support the 2021 summer school success program and the Catamount Gap programs. Program costs that are covered include tuition, fees, living in residence (housing) and meal plan costs.
“With these funding opportunities, we are able to continue our engagement in this region while providing accessible and affordable higher education to all students,” said Kelli R. Brown, Chancellor of WCU. “We understand the many challenges our students face in obtaining an education, even more so during a global pandemic, and we strive to remove financial barriers so that our students are able to achieve their academic and professional goals.”
Eligible students who have already paid their summer tuition fees will be reimbursed as of July 6. If the summer school fees were paid by financial aid from a student, private or parental loan, the general scholarship amount will be returned to the lender for debt reduction.
The university is investigating the possibility of offering block grants to students eligible for HEERF III funds at the start of the fall semester. If students have not already done so, they are encouraged to complete the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
WCU is planning a return to the normal fall semester with in-person classes, homecoming activities, concerts, a Freshman run, sporting events, performances by the Mountain Pride Marching Band, a weekend with family, etc. The start of the fall semester will also mark the inauguration of the new Apodaca Science Building, a state-of-the-art facility to help better prepare students for careers in the natural sciences, health sciences and more. Residential life provides for a return to full occupancy with meeting places in common areas, and all buildings and facilities, including restaurants, library and recreation center, provide for a return to normal hours and increased capacity .