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CARES Act

ASU has received federal funding from the CARES Act, which provides assistance for student expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Students can request funds in these categories:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course Materials
  • Technology
  • Health Care
  • Childcare expenses
  • Other Expenses (Expenses that do not fit any of the above)

Am I eligible?

You may be eligible for CARES Act funding if you are a degree-seeking student enrolled in at least one face-to-face course during the 2020 spring semester and are enrolled in classes for the 2020 fall semester.

International, dual credit, non-U.S.-citizen, non-degree-seeking students, and students enrolled exclusively in online courses prior to March 13, 2020 are not eligible for CARES Act funding. 

How do I apply?

The grant application for expenses related to the Fall 2020 semester will be available Aug. 19 through Aug. 23.

FAQs

  • What is the CARES Act?

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is federal legislation that provides a variety of financial support to individuals and organizations affected by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.

    The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides more than $14 billion in emergency funding to higher education. Of those funds, more than $6 billion must go directly to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants (HEERF-student share) for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis.

    Angelo State University will receive a total of $6,359,561 of which at least half ($3,179,781) must be provided directly to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care. The other half may be used by the university to cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.

  • How much will I receive?

    We are committed to assisting all eligible students that may have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to the greatest extent possible with the CARES Act funds available. You should request funds based on your actual financial need for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care, for the time period of the emergency. At this time, funds are limited, and grants are available up to $500.

    The amount that you were approved for can be found in RamPort. Select Financial Aid & Billing, then “View Bill”, and submit the appropriate semester. The amount will display as CARES Act Refund.

  • How will I receive this money?

    Emergency grants will be processed through student accounts.

    If you have an ASU One Card, you will receive your funds via Bank Mobile. You can monitor the status by visiting www.ASUOne.com.

    If you do not have an ASU One Card, you will receive an email notifying you of when your funds are available from the Student Accounts office.

  • Do I need to repay the money?

    No, you will not need to repay any money received through this fund.

  • Can I apply for funding more than once?

    If you received CARES funding in the spring or summer, you are still eligible to apply in the fall. New grant applications can be submitted starting Aug. 19 for expenses related to the fall semester.

  • Does this funding affect my other financial aid?

    No. This is an emergency grant to help you manage unexpected expenses related to the coronavirus, and it will not have any impact on other financial aid you may be eligible to receive.

  • What if I still have an account balance?

    Any CARES Act funding awarded to you will be paid to you directly, and it will not cover any outstanding balances owed to Angelo State. Any outstanding balance owed to ASU will remain the responsibility of the student.

  • Are the Emergency Grants taxable?

    It is unclear at the moment. If we receive updated guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department, we will add that here.

Questions?

Please contact the Office of Financial Aid with any questions about CARES Act funding.


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