The recently enacted federal CARES Act provided money to colleges and universities for emergency student grants. The purpose of the money is to award emergency financial aid grants to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.
King’s College will receive $984,259 under portion 1 of section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act and will distribute the emergency financial grants to students in a way that prioritizes students with the greatest demonstrated need while ensuring the funds are distributed as widely as possible.
What expenses can be considered for CARES Act Emergency funding?
The following is a list of expenses that can be considered for CARES Act Emergency grant assistance if they were incurred in "direct relation to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus."
- Course materials
- Health care
- Technology-related expenses (such as having to buy a computer when courses were moved online)
- Transportation (such as having to fly home because classes were canceled or having to return from study abroad when the program was canceled)
The CARES Act stipulates that the emergency funds cannot be used to replace a loss of income or to pay for student expenses that are not directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Who is eligible for CARES Act Emergency funding?
The US Department of Education states only undergraduate and graduate students who are Title IV eligible can be awarded CARES Act Emergency funds. This means students must have a FAFSA on file with King’s College or be eligible to file one. Additional recent federal guidance further clarified who may receive CARES Act Emergency funds. Unfortunately, the US Department of Education does not allow CARES Act Emergency funds to be used for international, DACA, or undocumented students or for any student who was exclusively taking online courses prior to March 13, 2020.
Do I have to file a FAFSA to receive CARES Act Emergency funds?
No. An undergraduate student or graduate student only needs to be eligible to file a FAFSA or already have a FAFSA on file with King’s College.
I am an undergraduate student with need who is eligible for CARES Emergency Act funding. What do I do?
CARES Act Emergency Grant is available to all students who meet the student eligibility requirements. If you did not file a 2019-20 FAFSA, you can still complete a 2019-2020 FAFSA before the deadline of June 15, 20202. If you have a completed FAFSA then Please complete the CARE Act Emergency Application.
I am a graduate student with need who is eligible for CARES Act Emergency funding. What do I do?
Recognizing many eligible graduate students in need do not have a FAFSA on file, graduate students will be able to apply for CARES Act Emergency funds through completing the CARE Act Emergency Application.
What can I do if I am not eligible for CARES Act Emergency funding, but have need?
King’s recognizes that the need for student support extends beyond what is allowed through the federal CARES Act and has set aside a limited amount of institutional funds to support qualified students. These institutional funds are currently available through King’s College FInancial Aid Office. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with all questions.
How much will I receive?
King’s received a limited amount of CARES Act Emergency funds. For students applying for emergency aid, grant amounts will be determined based on the number of applications received and the specific needs presented in the application. King’s cannot guarantee that all applications submitted will be funded.
When will we know the results?
King’s College has signed and returned to the US Department of Education the Certification and Agreement form and is awaiting receipt of the funds. The College plans to award the emergency funds as soon as possible.
How do students receive the money?
All emergency grants will be processed through student accounts. Emergency grants will be processed by the Business Office and a check will be set to the primary student address on our schools SAS system.
What if I owe King’s tuition or other expenses?
The full amount of the emergency grants will be given directly to the student, and King’s will not hold the funds to pay any outstanding balance owed.
Will CARES Act Emergency funds impact current or future financial aid?
No. This funding is not financial aid, it is an emergency relief funding from Congress.