CARES Act Student Emergency Funds

What is this CARES Act Student Emergency Funds grant program?

Under the federal CARES Act, the Higher Education Emergency Funds program provides funds to colleges and universities to award emergency financial aid grants to students who experienced a financial hardship as a result of disruption due to COVID-19.

The following is a list of expenses that can be considered for emergency grant funds if they were incurred in direct relation to the disruption of campus operations due COVID-19.

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Childcare
  • Technology (assistance with Wi-Fi access or purchasing computer hardware or software)
  • Course materials

The emergency grant funds are not intended to be used to replace a loss of income or to pay for student expenses that are not directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Emergency grant funds are limited and will be disbursed to eligible students based on order of application until all CARES Act funds are depleted.


In order to be eligible to receive CARES Act Student Emergency Funds, students must meet the eligibility criteria as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.

  1. Be enrolled in fall 2020 semester classes
  2. Be a US Citizen or eligible noncitizen
  3. Have a valid social security number
  4. Registered with Selective Service (if the student is male)
  5. Have a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting
  6. Be making satisfactory academic progress
  7. Be working on an approved degree or certificate
  8. Not be in default of a federal student loan or owe a repayment of a federal grant.
  9. Have a 2020-2021 FAFSA on file or complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA application and be eligible to receive Title IV financial aid

Students who are exclusively enrolled in an online program are not eligible for the emergency financial aid grants.

Students who are enrolled in another college or university where they could also be receiving CARES Act funds are not eligible for the emergency financial aid grants.

Once a student applies for CARES Act Student Emergency Funds:

  • Students will receive a confirmation email for their application.
  • Student's applications will be reviewed in 5 to 7, business days. The response will include eligibility information on their file letting the We anticipate a large volume of applications and will work to process submissions as quickly as possible. Once your application is processed and your eligibility is verified, funds will be disbursed within 14 business days. student know if the application was either approved or denied.
  • PLEASE, be sure you have completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA to remain eligible for CARES Act Student Emergency Funds.