CARES Act Award Information

Effective May 2, 2020

Awarding Parameters for the CARES Act

Award range: $300 to $1500 per appeal

Period of assistance: Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Either a 2019-20 or a 2020-21 FAFSA on file depending on the semester of the request.
  • Students must complete the COVID-19 appeal form
  • Must have had a disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Student must be enrolled in the requested semester
  • Student must be a US Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Student must be making SAP
  • Student must complete verification
  • Student must be a regular student
  • Male students must be registered with the selective service

Ineligible Students:

  • Students in default
  • Students who are not enrolled
  • Graduate students enrolled in fully online programs
  • Incoming freshmen
  • Students not making SAP are not eligible unless an appeal has been granted
  • Students with unresolved “C” codes
  • Students with invalid FAFSAs due to signature or social security issues
  • International or DACA students
  • Students still enrolled in high school
  • Incoming freshmen are not eligible until Fall 2020 enrollment

Considerations for an Award

  • The request for assistance must be for assistance with a component of the cost of attendance including food, housing, transportation, computer or technology needs.
  • Students may also receive assistance for some miscellaneous personal expenses such as utility bills, laundry, toiletries and medicines.
  • The funds may not be used to pay an outstanding tuition bill. The payments must be provided directly to students.
  • A student must meet all federal financial aid eligibility requirements before an award may be given.
  • Students are limited to one request every 30 days as longer as the student is enrolled.
  • Graduating seniors are eligible for an award as long as they were enrolled in the spring or summer semester.
  • Incoming freshmen are eligible for an award only in the fall 2020 semester with supporting documentation that ties the request to the disruption of the financial status of the family. Items such as loss of 529 savings, loss of employment due to the pandemic, loss of the primary home due to foreclosure, death of a parent due to the pandemic or similar catastrophic issue.

Disbursement of Funds

Disbursement will occur through the standard disbursement process.

  • Created CARES fund code
  • A/R detail code VCAR
  • Funds are not subject to R2T4
  • Will pass through the system and not pay any charges
  • Student Accounts/Accounts Payable will refund the student directly