CARES Act Grant

The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) provides federal funds for emergency financial aid grants to eligible students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). The majority of funds received by Southern will be disbursed as direct emergency aid payments, while a small percentage is set aside for use as emergency grants to students over the next year.

To be eligible for a direct emergency aid payment, and any additional emergency grant relief under the CARES Act, students must:

  • have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at studentaid.gov for the 2019-2020 financial aid year on or before June 30, 2020.
  • have been determined to be Title IV eligible (see below)
  • be a matriculated student
  • not have been enrolled exclusively in online classes before the campus closure
  • have not received a waiver of your tuition / course fees related to:
    • CSCU Employee / employee's dependent
    • high school students with charges completely waived
    • Over 62 Exemption

Students who have not filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA are strongly encouraged to do so by June 30, 2020 at studentaid.gov, so that Southern can determine whether they are eligible for the CARES funding. Graduating seniors who have not filed must complete a2019-2020 FAFSA by May 17, 2020. When completing the FAFSA, please be sure to use SCSU’s school code (001406) so that it will be routed to Southern for processing.

Most of the funding will be issued via automatic payments to eligible students, with full-time, maximum Pell eligible students receiving $613, and full-time, non-Pell eligible students receiving $438. Part-time eligible students will receive a pro-rated amount.

The grant funding will be issued by direct deposit to the bank account on file. For students without direct deposit, a check will be mailed to the home address indicated in Banner. To avoid delay, students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit. See instructions.

If you are eligible, there is no action needed on your part. The eligibility requirements are noted above.

The grant will be issued automatically via direct deposit to the bank account on file or a paper check mailed to the home address indicated in your SCSU Student Account on the date of payment.

You will see the disbursement on your eBill under Account Activity, listed as "CARES Act Grant.”

No. These payments are direct payments to students and will not be used to reduce a student account balance. You will receive the full amount of your CARES Act payment.

To be a Title IV-eligible student under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act, a student must:

  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree, certificate or other recognized educational credential (including a program of study abroad approved for credit by the eligible institution at which such student is enrolled);
  • maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) if the student is a currently enrolled student;
  • not be in default on a Title IV loan;
  • be a U.S citizen or national, a permanent resident, or an eligible noncitizen;
  • have his Selective Service registration verified;
  • have a valid social security number, except for residents of the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau; and
  • not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations
  • not exceed aggregate loan limit or Pell Grant lifetime usage
  • not owe an overpayment on federal aid programs

You have until June 30, 2020 to submit a 2019-2020 FAFSA at studentaid.gov. Once your FAFSA is received and it has been determined that you meet the eligibility requirements noted above, the automatic grant aid payment will be issued to you.

Guidance from the Department of Education regarding the CARES Act grant excludes students who were exclusively enrolled in distance education courses as of March 13, 2020, because the emergency financial aid grants to students are for expenses related to the disruption of campus due to the Coronavirus. Students who were enrolled exclusively in online programs would not have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus.

The grant funding will be issued by direct deposit to the bank account on file. For students without direct deposit, a check will be mailed to the home address indicated in Banner. To avoid delay, students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit. See instructions.

Please check with your bank first to be sure it hasn't been direct deposited already. Student Accounts plans to begin distributing direct deposit payment immediately and printing checks for those who do not have direct deposit on May 14-15, 2020. If you can see the distribution on your eBill and still have not received the funds by May 25, 2020, please contact the Student Accounts Office at studentaccounts@southernct.edu.

For Title IV eligibility questions, please email financialaid@southernct.edu. For questions related to the status of a CARES grant distribution, please email the Student Accounts Office at studentaccounts@southernct.edu.

Federal Pell Grants are usually awarded only to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need as demonstrated by the student's FAFSA information. If you received a Pell grant on your 2019-2020 financial aid award, you are Pell eligible. The amount of the Pell grant depends on the student's level of financial need. The maximum Pell grant for 2019-2020 is $6195. The amount of the CARES Act grant checks to Southern students will be prorated based on both on the amount of Pell eligibility  and number of credits in which the students were enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester. You can see whether you received a Pell grant by logging in to your BannerWeb portal and clicking on the FInancial Aid tab to view your 2019-2020 award.