CARES Student Emergency Grant

The CARES Student Emergency Grant is provided by the U.S. Government to support students that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Priority funding will be given to students who have NOT received CARES funding previously during spring 2020, summer 2020 or fall 2020

These emergency grants will assist students experiencing financial hardships with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations, including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as (not a complete list):
*Assistance with the purchase of food,
*Needs related to housing/rent/utilities,
*The purchase of additional course materials as a result of changing to the online format,
*Technology related needs,
*Assistance with health care and/or child care expenses.

Note – Students or parents who have experienced a job loss or income reduction would not be eligible to recoup lost wages for this emergency grant funding.
Note – These funds cannot be used to pay an outstanding balance at Salisbury University related to tuition, fees or any other charges.
Note – If awarded funding via this application process, it will not be applied to your fall account until after the fall drop/add period ends on 09/04/2020 so that we can confirm your fall enrollment.

Who is Eligible for the SU Emergency CARES Grant?
*A student must meet all criteria listed to qualify:
*A student who is currently enrolled for fall 2020 semester in an SU degree or certificate program.
*A student who has been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and has an emergency need.
*Must be a US citizen or must meet the definition of an eligible non-citizen based on federal financial aid requirements.
*The funds must be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus that have impacted a student’s educational experience, including the allowable expenses listed above.
*While these emergency grant funds are not Title IV aid, Federal eligibility requirements are the same CLICK HERE for the full list of Federal requirements.

Who is Not Eligible for the SU Emergency CARES Grant?
*Students enrolled in a non-degree program.
*Students that are enrolled in dual and/or concurrent courses (High school).
*Students enrolled exclusively in an online program (i.e., in all online classes such as MBA online program or MSW online program) for Fall 2020.
*Students who are not enrolled by the end of the drop/add period for fall on 09/04/2020.
*Students who are not meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) minimum requirements for federal financial aid.
*International students.

Apply for CARES Grant:
*Students need to apply using the SU Emergency CARES Grant application included here.
*Must have a valid 20-21 FAFSA on file and if selected for the federal verification process that must be complete.
*Requests for funding assistance will be reviewed by the SU Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.
*Students may be asked to provide additional information or documentation to support their request.
*Funding is limited and not all requests will be granted. Amount of funding awarded may not be what you requested.
*Applications received by September 15th, 2020 will receive first priority.

Area of Interest
Financial Aid - General
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please indicate the expense(s) you incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  2. Are you currently enrolled in a degree program at SU for Fall 2020
  3. Are you enrolled in a non-degree program
  4. Are you enrolled exclusively in an online program (i.e. MBA online, MSW online) for Fall 2020
  5. Are you a U.S. citizen or do you meet the definition of an eligible non-citizen based on federal financial aid requirements?
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