From the Executive Vice President, re: CARES Act funding for students

May 6, 2020

Greetings Southern Owls,

The CARES Act provides funding, as you know, to help students pay for educational costs incurred because of the pandemic shut down.  Southern has received its portion of the federal funding dedicated to this purpose and we are pleased to be able to distribute it to our students.

There are certain restrictions as to who is eligible to receive the funding, including being registered for classes as of March 27, 2020, and having filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Note that you do not have to demonstrate financial need to be eligible, you just need to have met the criteria for being eligible to file a FAFSA.  For those students who have not filed a FAFSA for this year or next, we strongly encourage you to do so by June 30, 2020 (May 17, 2020, for graduating students) –  Again, if we do not have a FAFSA on file for you by these dates, you will not receive a grant from these funds.

The award is based on enrollment, with matriculated full-time, full Pell eligible, students receiving $613 and matriculated, full-time, non-Pell eligible students receiving $438.  Part-time matriculated students and those with lower Pell awards receive pro rata awards.  Student awards will not be decreased by any amount owed to Southern.  The full amount for which students are eligible will be distributed.

Because of our limited access to campus under the closure guidelines for the State of Connecticut, printing and mailing checks may be significantly delayed.  Direct deposit is touchless and the quickest and easiest way to receive refunds.  Students enrolled in direct deposit will see their funds in 1-3 business days.  For students who are eligible for a CARES Act payment and who are not enrolled in direct deposit, checks will be printed on May 14 and 15, 2020.  To sign up for direct deposit:

  • Go to
  • Select “Billing/Payment”
  • Click “Sign up for Direct Deposit”
  • Select the Refund tab

          o   Enter your account number

          o   Enter your routing number

If you have questions about FAFSA eligibility, please reach out to Financial Aid at  Questions about the distribution of payments should go to Student Accounts at be

Please be safe as you enter the final two weeks of the semester.  We congratulate our graduating students – well done!  We look forward to seeing our continuing students as we move forward into summer and fall – stay connected!


Mark Rozewski
Executive Vice President