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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.

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 2020 Summer I semester CARES Act grant application is now closed. The grant application for expenses related to the 2020 Summer II semester will be available beginning on June 29.

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. The actual amount each student will receive is based on the number of applications received and the funds available.

    The amount that you were approved for can be found in RamPort. Select Financial Aid & Billing, then “View Bill”, and submit 2020 Spring 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, you are still eligible to apply in the summer. New grant applications can be submitted in May and June for expenses related to Summer I and II.

  • 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.


CARES Act Reports


This emergency student aid program is funded by a $3.18 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education under the CARES Act (PR/Award no. P425E200004).

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