CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund


About CARES Act Funding

If you are a St. John’s College student experiencing a short-term financial need due to the disruption of campus operations caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), please fill out the application for consideration of a one­ time emergency student grant from the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. These emergency funds can pay for expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

The recently enacted federal CARES Act provided money to colleges and universities to distribute for emergency student grants. The purpose of the money is to provide financial assistance to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. This funding is separate from additional financial aid you may receive from St. John’s College.


What Does This Funding Cover?

The following is a list of expenses that can be considered for grant assistance if they were "related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus."
  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology (such as having to buy a computer when courses were moved online)
  • Health care
  • Child care

Eligibility

Students who meet all criteria below are eligible to apply:
  • Working towards a degree or certificate at St. John’s College.
  • Enrolled in Spring 2020 in at least one on-campus/in-person course, even if that course moved to an online format due to the pandemic.
  • Have a valid 2019-20 FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Students must also attest that they have experienced any of the aforementioned disruptions.
  • Per federal regulations, international students, DACA/undocumented students and students enrolled exclusively in programs that are always taught entirely on line are not eligible to receive a CARES Act Emergency Grant.

How to Apply

Please complete the form below to apply. However, before doing so, please review the eligibility requirements, as not all students are eligible to receive funding. Applications received by June 15, 2020 will receive priority.
 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do I have to submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid (https://studentaid.gov/) in order to be eligible?
Yes, you must submit a 2019-20 FAFSA in order to be eligible for the CARES Act Emergency Grant. Per federal regulations, international students, DACA/ undocumented students and students enrolled exclusively in programs that are always taught entirely on line are not eligible to receive a CARES Act Emergency Grant.

What is my deadline to apply?
The priority deadline is June 15, 2020. Final deadline is Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

How much can I receive through the CARES Act Emergency Grant fund?
Grant fund amounts are determined by the institution and may vary from students to student depending on available funds.

Do I have to submit documentation or proof of my expenses?
No. Documentation of expenses is not required to apply for the CARES Act Grant at this time. However, we may need to request documentation and/or a statement describing your expenses if the U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to collect that information at a later date.

I submitted the CARES Act Emergency Grant application. When will I know if I will receive funding?
We will not begin to award the funds until the week of July 6, 2020. You will receive an email as soon as we have determined if you will be given a CARES Act Emergency Grant payment.

How will I receive the grant money?
CARES Act Emergency Grants will be processed based on your existing refund selection. Funds will be directly deposited into bank accounts for students who are enrolled in the direct deposit option.

If awarded, will the CARES Act Emergency Grant be applied to my St. John’s College bill?
No. If you receive a grant, funds will be sent directly to you via direct deposit if you have signed up through Cash Net or you will be mailed a check. Funds are not applied to your Clarkson College balance.

Will these funds impact my financial aid?
No. Since the CARES Act Emergency Grant is not considered financial aid, it will not impact your current aid eligibility.

Is the CARES Act Emergency Grant taxable?
No. Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act are qualified disaster relief payments per the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and will not be taxable.

How many times can I apply?
You may apply one time.

Will everyone who applies for a CARES Act Emergency Grant receive one?
No, based on the limited funding we received from the U.S. Department of Education, it will be distributed to students with the most demonstrated need, as long as funds are available.

Do I need to repay this grant?
No, money received through this fund does not need to be repaid.

I wasn’t awarded a CARES Act Emergency Grant. Why?
We have received limited funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the CARES Act Emergency Grant. Federal guidance strongly encourages institutions to award funds to students with the highest amount of need first. Therefore, the majority of available funds will be sent to those with the highest amount of demonstrated financial need (as determined by FAFSA) who submitted a request by June 30, 2020. If you believe you were eligible but did not receive a CARES Act Emergency Grant, we likely ran out of funding.

I am requesting this emergency aid to cover the following expenses (check all that apply):*






By submitting this application, I acknowledge my need for emergency funding due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and I certify that all answers, information, and documentation provided in this application are complete, true, and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I understand that any misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of any facts in this application may result in my application being denied.:
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