CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds for Students

The U.S. Government has enacted the CARES Act in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Part of this legislation provides financial grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Eligible expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. A maximum of $1,000 will be granted to students based on need and the number of applications received.

To be eligible to receive CARES Act grants, students must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident Alien (i.e., eligible to receive federal Title IV aid).
  • Be eligible to receive Title IV federal financial aid and completed a 2019-20 FAFSA. This includes certificate and degree-seeking students only.
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe an overpayment on any federal grant.
  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if required).
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students, international students, and students enrolled in online programs are excluded from receiving COVID-19 emergency grants. The online programs excluded are listed below:

College Plan/Subplan
Graduate School RS-CERT
Regulatory Sciences Certificate
College of Public Health GH-CERT
Rural and Global Public Health Certificate
Rural and Global Public Health subplan
College of Health Professions MLTMLS-BS
Medical Laboratory Sciences degree completion
Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree completion
Nuclear Medicine Imaging Sciences
Respiratory care degree completion
RISDC subplan
Radiologic Imaging Sciences degree completion
College of Nursing RN-BSN
Nursing Science
Clinton School EMPS

The deadline to apply is Thursday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m. Central time. CARES funding will be released to eligible students following the application deadline.

Please click here to access the link to complete the COVID-19 Emergency Grant Application.

For questions regarding your FAFSA, please email

For questions regarding your refund, please email