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Warriors Back to College Updates

At Wisconsin Lutheran College, the health, safety, and well-being of our students - as well as our entire campus community - are of utmost importance. Therefore, we want to provide you with the latest information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to WLC. This page will be updated as the situation warrants.

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    INFORMATION FOR FALL 2021


    FALL 2021 BACK TO COLLEGE GUIDE

    Ryan Oertel, Vice President of Student Life, emailed the following information to WLC faculty, staff, and students on August 19, 2021:

    Welcome to the 2021-2022 academic year, and I pray our LORD has blessed you and yours with an amazing summer. We continue to monitor the rise of COVID-19 cases in our county, state, and throughout the nation. Further, we remain steadfast in evaluating local, state, and national COVID-19 guidance to inform our Fall 2021 start.

    The Fall 2021 Back to College Guide can be accessed HERE. This document provides campus information you need to know/be aware of concerning COVID-19.

    There are several other key items for you to note:

    • Similar to last year, your compliance with WARRIORSTOGETHER will impact the success of these plans.
    • WLC continues to encourage all students, faculty, and staff to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine.
    • The Delta variant is highly transmissible, and, subsequently, we should expect COVID cases on campus.
      • Create a plan with your family in the event you need to isolate. Be sure to refer to the “Isolation” section of the Back to College Guide.
    • Be prepared for one or more adjustments regarding COVID-19 prevention and mitigation practices as these may go into effect with very little notice.
    • Do not travel to WLC if you have COVID-19 symptoms, are in isolation, or are in quarantine until you are cleared to do so.
    • Presently there are no capacity limits or physical distancing requirements.

    We have a shared responsibility to care for one another’s health and well-being. Therefore, WLC will continue to assess local transmission rates, applicable guidance, as well as rates of infection and campus community vaccination levels to shape and adjust COVID-19 prevention and mitigation plans. 

    We look forward to effectively collaborating and relying upon the strength of WARRIORSTOGETHER so that a thriving, robust, and enjoyable teaching, learning, and college life experience can result for all students, faculty, and staff. 


    CURRENT COLLEGE OPERATIONS


    CAMPUS FACILITIES: Current building hours are listed on our facilities page

    CAMPUS TOURS: Personal campus tours for prospective students can be arranged Monday-Friday most weeks. Upon visit confirmation, we'll provide further details about the steps we are taking to provide a healthy visit experience for students and their families. Virtual visits are available as well. Learn more about scheduling a tour or virtual visit.

    CONNECT WITH WLC: To contact a specific department or faculty/staff member, or to connect with WLC on social media, please visit our Contact Us page.

    MASKS/FACE COVERINGS: Following CDC guidelines and due to the current rate of local COVID-19 transmission:

    • If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you are encouraged to wear a mask or face covering while indoors (exception: when inside your campus housing residence or personal office).
    • If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should wear a mask or face covering while indoors (exception: when inside your campus housing residence or personal office).
    • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please do not visit campus at this time.

  • REFERENCE INFORMATION


  • FALL 2021: COVID-19 DASHBOARD STATISTICS

    To provide transparency around the number of COVID-19 cases that affect the WLC campus, the College maintains a COVID-19 dashboard. The information below reflects the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases reported by students, faculty, and staff during the Fall 2021 semester. Cases are reported to WLC Health Services and/or Human Resources as well as local health departments.


    SEPTEMBER 4- SEPTEMBER 10, 2021

    • Number of student tests reported by Health Services: 26
    • Number of student-athletes tested: 155
    • NUMBER OF POSITIVE RESULTS (ALL STUDENTS): 1
    • Number of faculty & staff tests administered: 4
    • Number of athletics staff tested: 12
    • NUMBER OF POSITIVE RESULTS (ALL FACULTY & STAFF): 1
    • Cumulative number of tests administered: 197
    • CUMULATIVE NUMBER OF POSITIVE RESULTS: 2

    AUGUST 28- SEPTEMBER 3, 2021

    • Number of student tests reported by Health Services: 237
    • Number of student-athletes tested: 200
    • NUMBER OF POSITIVE RESULTS (ALL STUDENTS): 5
    • Number of faculty & staff tests administered: 24
    • Number of athletics staff tested: 15
    • NUMBER OF POSITIVE RESULTS (ALL FACULTY & STAFF): 0
    • Cumulative number of tests administered: 476
    • CUMULATIVE NUMBER OF POSITIVE RESULTS: 5

    SPRING 2021: HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND

    Wisconsin Lutheran College has disbursed its CRRSAA / HEERF II funds from the December 27, 2020, authorization. Please contact Diane Hoehnke if you have questions about your disbursement.

    The College has not yet received funds related to the latest stimulus bill.

    SPRING 2021: HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND REPORTING

    QUARTERLY BUDGET AND EXPENDITURE REPORT


    UPDATE: JUNE 30, 2021

    As recipients of HEERF funds of the CARES Act, and CRRSAA (HEERF II) funds of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021, Wisconsin Lutheran College is posting the following information:

    Wisconsin Lutheran College signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement on April 13, 2020, and the HEERF II funds have been made available to the College on January 17, 2021. The College is required to distribute at least $463,000 to students.

    As of June 30, Wisconsin Lutheran College has disbursed to students $511,875 (and has drawn down $463,000 from the student allocation and $48,875 from the institutional allocation) from the Department pursuant to the institution's Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Student.

    Approximately 996 students at Wisconsin Lutheran College were estimated to be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as evidenced by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)) and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

    As June 30, 2021, 945 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid.

    Wisconsin Lutheran College disbursed financial Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students, up to $1,100 (and as low as $100), based on the Total Family Contribution (TFC) calculated by the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Priority was given to students with a zero TFC, and phased out with increasing TFC.


    Students were notified via email to apply for funds:

    Dear Students,

    WLC is preparing to disburse Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (passed on December 27, 2020) -- (CRRSAA) /(HEERF II) funds before April 1.  The College has set the amount per student based on the Federal guidance in the Act. Most eligible students can expect from $100 to $1,100.  Please use the link below to indicate how you want to receive your funds.  In this iteration you may choose to use these funds to pay for your spring semester charges or return spring semester loans.  If you choose to leave the funds on your account, and a credit balance (overpayment) results, you can request a check for the overage at any time later.  See options on form by clicking the link below.  You can check your balance due for the spring semester by logging on to your MY.WLC.EDU account and select the MY ACCOUNT tab, then click GO TO CASHNET to view your E-Bill.

    https://www.wlc.edu/CRRSAA/

    Business Office
    414.443.8627


    UPDATE: MARCH 31, 2021

    As recipients of HEERF funds of the CARES Act, and CRRSAA (HEERF II) funds of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021, Wisconsin Lutheran College is posting the following information:

    Wisconsin Lutheran College signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement on April 13, 2020, and the HEERF II funds have been made available to the College on January 17, 2021. The College is required to distribute at least $463,000 to students.

    As of March 31, Wisconsin Lutheran College has disbursed to students $418,100 (and has drawn down $273,200) from the Department pursuant to the institution's Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Student, and is working through distributing another $92,775 to eligible students.

    Approximately 996 students at Wisconsin Lutheran College were estimated to be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as evidenced by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)) and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

    As March 31, 2021, 708 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid.

    Wisconsin Lutheran College disbursed financial Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students, up to $1,100 (and as low as $100), based on the Total Family Contribution (TFC) calculated by the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Priority was given to students with a zero TFC, and phased out with increasing TFC.


    Students were notified via email to apply for funds:

    Dear Students,

    WLC is preparing to disburse Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (passed on December 27, 2020) -- (CRRSAA) /(HEERF II) funds before April 1. The College has set the amount per student based on the Federal guidance in the Act. Most eligible students can expect from $100 to $1,100. Please use the link below to indicate how you want to receive your funds.  In this iteration you may choose to use these funds to pay for your spring semester charges or return spring semester loans. If you choose to leave the funds on your account, and a credit balance (overpayment) results, you can request a check for the overage at any time later. See options on form by clicking the link below. You can check your balance due for the spring semester by logging on to your MY.WLC.EDU account and select the MY ACCOUNT tab, then click GO TO CASHNET to view your E-Bill.

    https://www.wlc.edu/CRRSAA/

    Business Office
    414.443.8627

    SPRING 2021: COVID-19 DASHBOARD STATISTICS
    FALL 2020: COVID-19 DASHBOARD STATISTICS
    SPRING 2020: CARES ACT EMERGENCY AID TO STUDENTS

    All 2020 funds have been disbursed. 


    The federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic related to funding for colleges and college students is called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and within it is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

    Wisconsin Lutheran College applied for the emergency grant and has received limited funds to disburse to eligible students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

    SPRING 2020: HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND REPORTING

    As recipients of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) of the CARES Act, Wisconsin Lutheran College is required to post the following information:

    Wisconsin Lutheran College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 13, 2020, and has used over 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

    As of June 30, 2020, Wisconsin Lutheran College has received and disbursed to students $467,825 from the Department pursuant to the institution's Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Student, which is over one half of the total amount allocated for Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

    Approximately 850 students at Wisconsin Lutheran College were estimated to be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as evidenced by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)) and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

    As of June 30, 2020, 687 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

    Wisconsin Lutheran College disbursed financial Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students, up to $1,500, based on the Total Family Contribution (TFC) calculated by the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Priority was given to students with a zero TFC, and phased out with increasing TFC. Additional funds of up to $500 were provided to students remaining on campus without access to a meal plan and for displaced work-study students. $435,225 was awarded to 675 students with this method. The College also disbursed an additional $32,600 to students who applied for funds stating they had additional need via an application process.

    HEERF QUARTERLY REPORTING PDF


    Letter to students who received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:

    May 8, 2020

    Dear Student,

    We hope this letter finds you well despite this challenging time. You may have heard about the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic related to funding for colleges and college students. It's called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and within it is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Wisconsin Lutheran College applied for the emergency grant and has received limited funds to disburse to eligible students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

    Through funding by the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, Wisconsin Lutheran College is providing this check to you. The funds are to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under your cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Please note, at this time the taxability of these funds is unknown.

    We know everyone has been impacted by this health crisis, and the financial hardship on students and their families may be overwhelming. We are committed to doing everything we can to help you continue your education so you can fulfill your career aspirations and become a strong Christian servant leader

    If you do not have added expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, please void the check and return it to:

    Wisconsin Lutheran College Business Office
    8800 W. Bluemound Road
    Milwaukee, WI 53226

    Please visit www.wlc.edu/coronavirus/ for additional information. If you have questions about this emergency grant, please contact Diane Hoehnke at diane.hoehnke@wlc.edu.

    Sincerely,
    Diane Hoehnke
    Assistant Vice President, Finance