What is the CARES Act emergency aid block grant?
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.
Using a formula established by Congress, the funds were allocated to institutions of higher education to provide emergency financial aid grants to eligible students for
expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.
How do I know if I’m eligible?
Department of Education guidance requires that grant recipients meet federal student aid eligibility requirements. Requirements include, but are not limited to:
- Be enrolled in a degree program
- Be a U.S. citizen or national, a permanent resident, or an eligible noncitizen
- Valid 2019-20 FAFSA on file
- Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Not in default on any federal loans
- No overpayments on federal grants or loans
Additionally, the Department of Education has stated students enrolled in an exclusively online program are not eligible
because they were not impacted by a disruption of campus services.
How much is the block grant?
Mansfield University is awarding a one-time $500 grant to each student that meets the eligibility requirements set forth by the Department of Education.
What can it be used for?
The emergency aid grants can be used for expenses associated with standard cost of attendance items such as food, housing, childcare, transportation, books
and other supplies and technology. If you plan to purchase technology to assist with remote learning, our Campus Technology website may offer some guidance:
I'm experiencing a significant financial hardship. Is more funding available?
Additional funding for extreme situations will be available soon. Check back soon for the funding policy and application information.