CARES Act Student Emergency Aid

The CARES Act funding covers expenses related to the disruption of normal institutional operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students must submit an Augustana CARES Act Emergency Aid Application within their student portal. Augustana will begin reviewing applications on Friday, May 15 and will do so through Monday, June 1. Funds will be allocated as applications are received and/or until all available resources have been exhausted. 

The CARES Act Student Emergency application can be found here.

 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be enrolled in (and not withdrawn from) the Spring 2020 semester.
  • Must be a degree-seeking student–Undergraduate or Graduate.
  • Must be eligible to receive Title IV aid and have submitted a 2019-2020 FAFSA.
  • Must have incurred additional expenses for food, housing, technology, healthcare, childcare or moving home based on the disruptive impact of COVID-19.
  • Must not be enrolled in a program that was already fully online at the start of the spring 2020 semester (i.e. students enrolled in the Master of Education or Master of Special Education programs are not eligible for these emergency funds).

Application Process:

  • File an electronic application within the my.augie.edu student portal. The application link will be in your Checklist if you qualify.
  • The application period is open through June 1, 2020. The application will reopen if funds remain.
  • You will be notified via your Ole e-mail of approval or denial once the application review begins on May 15.

Award Amounts and Disbursement:

  • It is a one-time award.
  • Maximum award is $1,000 per student; see the chart for award maximums in specific categories.
     
    *Student must have dependent child on FAFSA or provide documentation of dependents.

30-day Fund Report

Augustana University signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students on April 21, 2020. Funds in the amount of $607,697 became available to Augustana University on April 27, 2020.

As of our 30-day Fund Report, we have issued 525 grants to students totaling $422,800.

An estimated 1,273  students at Augustana University are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

We used our 9 month cost of attendance and regional data to determine appropriate grant amounts also taking into consideration a potential pool of 1,273 eligible students.

Students received a detailed email with instructions on how to apply on May 4, 2020. A reminder email was sent May 22, 2020. Information on the CARES Act and Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students was also included in University COVID update emails beginning on May 4. 

Augustana University also received an institutional share of funds in the amount of $607,697. These funds were used to help off-set the housing and meal plan rebates issued to our students after the closure of our campus. 

45-day Fund Report

As of our 45-day Fund Report, we have issued 763 grants to students totaling $607,900. The CARES Act emergency grant funds made available to Augustana to issue to our students are exhausted. We will not be issuing any new grants. 

Quarter 3 Fund Report (9/30/20)

As of September 30, 2020, we have issued 763 grants to students totaling $607,900. The CARES Act emergency grant funds made available to Augustana to issue to our students are exhausted. We will not be issuing any new grants. Quarter 3 Fund Report is Augustana University's final report as all HEERF fund expenditures for Section 18004(a)(1) Student Portion funds have been issued to students. 

HEERF Quarterly Report (10/30/20) 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to receive the CARES Act Student Emergency Grant?

  • Must be enrolled in (and not withdrawn from) the Spring 2020 semester.
  • Must be a degree-seeking student–Undergraduate or Graduate.
  • Must be eligible to receive Title IV aid and have submitted a 2019-2020 FAFSA.
  • Must have incurred additional expenses for food, housing, technology, healthcare, childcare or from moving home based on the disruptive impact of COVID-19.
  • Must not be enrolled in an already fully online program (this means AU students enrolled in the M.Ed or M.Sped are not eligible for these emergency funds).

How do I apply for the CARES Act Student Emergency Grant?
If you incurred additional expenses during the spring semester because of the disruptive impact of COVID-19 and you meet the eligibility criteria, please complete the CARES Act Student Emergency Grant application in the my.augie.edu student portal.

I have not filled out or submitted a FAFSA for 2019-20. Is it too late?
No, it is not too late. You can complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA, but would need to do so prior to May 15, 2020.

How much funding can I receive?
Grant amounts vary by student and are based on each student’s circumstances. We anticipate the grants to be one-time awards, meaning you may only apply once. However, the fluidity of this situation makes it difficult to know for certain at this time. 

How will I know if my application is approved?
Beginning on May 15, we will work as diligently as possible to notify you quickly via your Ole e-mail of approval or denial.

How and when will I receive my funding?
You will receive your funding via direct deposit to the bank account on record. You can provide bank account information or double check your account within my.augie.edu. Direct deposits will be made weekly after May 15.

How can I use the money?
Grants are provided for emergency use due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You should use them accordingly.

If I have a balance with AU, will my grant be applied towards my balance?
No, your grant will be refunded to you, even if you have a balance.  If you choose to use the money to then pay your balance, that is your choice.

What if I need more than what is awarded to me?
We understand students have significant needs during this time. The CARES Act Student Emergency Grant is meant to supplement other funding sources. If you are having financial difficulties, please reach out to the Dean of Students Office or the Office of Financial Aid.

What does it mean to be "eligible to receive Title IV aid?"
Based on the Basic Eligibility Criteria found on the Federal Student Aid website, Title IV eligibility criteria includes all of the following:

  • demonstrate financial need
  • be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • have a valid Social Security number
  • be registered with Selective Service, if you’re a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25)
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program
  • be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • sign the certification statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form stating that
    • you are not in default on a federal student loan
    • you do not owe money on a federal student grant
    • you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes

Are international students eligible to receive CARES Act Student Emergency Grant?
Because international students are typically not eligible to receive Title IV aid, most international students will not be eligible for CARES Act Student Emergency Grant.

Who do I contact if I have questions?
Please contact the Augustana Office of Financial Aid at financial.aid@augie.edu or the Augustana Business Office at businessoffice@augie.edu if you have questions.

How did Augustana develop the eligibility criteria?
Augustana is following guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.

 Forms: 

Education Disruption Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus - Student Attestation