What is the CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief fund?
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund and sent money to schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.
Who is eligible for the CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief funds?
Students who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid and who have the greatest financial need can be considered for these funds. The Office of Financial Aid will use Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data to determine your eligibility. If you are eligible to file a FAFSA but have not yet filed for 2019-20 and need assistance, please submit a FAFSA at studentaid.gov. Under the U.S. Department of Education rules for the program, these funds can be awarded to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students pursuing degree programs and enrolled at the LLU.
Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Education does not allow these funds to be used for international students, DACA students, or students already enrolled in an online degree program. If you are a student from one of these groups, there are other types of emergency aid from LLU that may be considered.
How much will I receive in CARES funding?
Most students who paid an enrollment fee for the spring term will receive a COVID-19 Online Transition Scholarship of $320 to assist with costs associated with the transition to online learning. Additional funds will be based on the student’s application and the availability of funds.
What are the types of expenses covered by CARES Act funding?
Eligible expenses for CARES Act funding include, but are not necessarily limited to medical, food, housing, utilities, technology expenses, relocation costs to return home, unexpected childcare, course materials, and other unexpected expenses included in the student’s cost of attendance. Expenses must be incurred by you, the student, as a result of the emergency disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.
How will I receive CARES funding?
Funds will be sent through direct deposit or a check to the student’s mailing address. It is recommended that students set-up direct deposit to receive funds sooner.
Direct Deposit Set-up: Please enter your direct deposit banking information by logging into Banner Web using your LLU Student Services login, select the “Finance Menu”, then select the “Account withdrawals Menu”, and finally select the “Set Up Direct Deposit for Future Withdrawals” menu. You will need to provide your bank routing number, bank account number and the type of account you have.
Would this funding reduce my financial aid?
No. Generally, student assistance must be coordinated; however, CARES Act funding is not required to be coordinated with a student’s financial aid package.
Do I qualify for CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief funding because of unemployment (myself or family member)?
We understand that you may still be facing financial challenges due to the COVID-19. Unfortunately, we are unable to award funds for every situation, even if the need exists. The CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief funding is not meant to duplicate other benefits that exist through federal/state agencies. CARES Act funding has been appropriated at the national level to assist individuals facing unemployment. If you or a family member has experienced the loss of employment, we encourage you to contact your state's Unemployment Insurance office. Additionally, other benefits, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) may be available.
I was denied CARES funding? Why was I denied?
Unfortunately, due to limited funding and other quantifiers, we are unable to award funding to all students even if they have a significant financial hardship. Some reasons for being denied may include not applying for financial aid (completing a FAFSA), having access to funds already (credit balance on account), or denying loans that had been offered. As we must determine eligibility and greatest need, some of the factors will include debt already incurred (compared to their cohort) and the ability to access funds or having other financial options.
Do I have to repay the funding?
No. CARES Act funding is designed to be a grant, not a loan.
Is CARES Act funding taxable?
No. Funding from CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief funds are non-taxable