CARES Student Emergency Fund
When the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law, it made $6 billion in emergency grants from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund available to college and university students around the country. Of that amount, approximately $1.85 million will be allocated directly to Governors State University students through the CARES Student Emergency Fund.
The CARES Student Emergency Fund provides students with limited emergency grants for personal expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Examples of personal expenses include technology resources, course materials, healthcare, childcare, food, and housing. Grants should not be used to pay tuition and/or fees. Eligibility: Students must be enrolled in courses during the semester / term in which the funds are being requested and be eligible for Title IV funds.To apply, please complete this online application.
The CARES Student Emergency Fund is supported by a federal grant and will be awarded in accordance with federal, state, and institutional rules and regulations. Unfortunately, institutions cannot award CARES Act funds to undocumented / DACA students, students who were enrolled in entirely online programs before March 13, international students, and students who are not eligible for Title IV funds. For this reason, GSU has established the COVID-19 Student Assistance Fund* from private donations. If you are ineligible for the CARES Student Emergency Fund, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance.
*Students will only be awarded from one fund. If you are eligible for the CARES Student Emergency Fund, you should apply to that fund as the supplemental COVID-19 Assistance Fund is limited to only those ineligible for CARES.