A: Most students who were enrolled during spring 2020 semester and had expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 (including eligible expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare) are eligible to receive CARES emergency grant assistance.
High school and dual enrollment students, foreign students, and those who only had on-line courses prior to the COVID emergency are ineligible for a CARES Grant.
Limited funds were available for Fall 2020. Students must have filed a 2020-21 FAFSA, received a Pell Grant, be enrolled at least half-time, and have exceptional financial need.
A: Award amounts vary. We based awards on whether the student filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA, receipt of a Pell Grant disbursement for Spring 2020, and units enrolled. Fall 2020 CARES Emergency Grants were awarded between $300 and $500.
|Type||12 + units||9-11.5 units||6-8.5 units||Less than 6 units|
|Tier 1 – (EFC<$5,577 and received Pell Grant funds for Spring 2020)||$600||$450||$300||$150|
|Tier 2 – (Filed a 19-20 FAFSA and did not receive a Pell Grant for Spring 2020)||$300||$225||$150||$100|
|Tier 3 – (Did not file a 2019-2020 FAFSA)||$100||$100||$100||$100|
A: No, it is not too late to file. Students can still apply for financial aid for Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 by completing the 2020-2021 FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
You do not have to repay CARES funds if you were determined eligible at the time of disbursement.
If you are set-up for direct deposit the funds will be deposited into your bank account. If you are not set-up for direct deposit the CARES check will be mailed to the address you have listed on WebAdvisor.