CARES Act Emergency Grant Funding

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CARES Act Emergency Grant Funding – Fall 2020

Students enrolled for six credit hours or more in Fall Semester 2020 are eligible for CARES ACT emergency grant funding, on a first-come first-serve basis.

  • Students enrolled full-time for Fall Semester (12 or more credit hours) may receive up to $1,600.
     
  • Students enrolled part-time (6 to 11 credit hours per semester) may receive up to $500.
     
  • This funding is for students who have experienced unexpected expenses due to the disruption of campus operations from COVID-19.
     
  • The emergency grant assistance for allowable expenses will be provided in accordance with institutional policy and guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.

To receive this funding, students must apply electronically by logging in to MyCState / MyServices, Financial Aid section, and completing the CARES Act emergency grant funding application. Funds are limited.

 The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) provide more information about this funding and the process to apply.

FAQ’s for CARES Act

Who is eligible for the CARES Act Emergency Grant Funding?

Students enrolled at least half-time (minimum 6 credit hours) for Fall Semester 2020 classes at Cincinnati State who have experienced unexpected expenses due to disruption of campus operations from COVID-19 are eligible to apply for the emergency funding.

To receive the funds, students are required to be eligible to receive federal financial aid funds (Pell Grant and/or student loans).

  • You do not need to be a financial aid recipient but you are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and send the FAFSA information to Cincinnati State.
  • If you have not completed the FAFSA you can do so at studentaid.gov.

The following students are not eligible for the CARES Act emergency grant funding:

  • College Credit Plus students
  • Workforce Development students
  • Non Degree students
  • International students
  • DACA students

Must students meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements?

Yes. Students using financial aid must meet SAP requirements or have an approved SAP appeal. “Meeting SAP” includes students on warning. Students not meeting SAP are not eligible for CARES Act funds.

What are allowed expenses?

Allowable expenses may include but are not limited to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child/dependent care expenses.

How do I apply?

Students enrolled for Fall Semester 2020 classes can apply for the CARES Act emergency grant funds through MyCState. The application is located in the Financial Aid section of MyServices.

What is the time frame for processing these funds?

The processing of these funds can take up to three weeks from the time of application to mailing of checks to students who meet the eligibility criteria.

How much funding can I receive?

Students enrolled full-time for Fall Semester (12 or more credit hours per semester) may receive up to $1,600.

Students enrolled part-time (6 to 11 credit hours per semester) may receive up to $500.

Funds are limited and are awarded on a first-come first-serve basis.

Students enrolled for fewer than 6 credit hours are not eligible to receive the CARES Act funding.

Are international or DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students eligible?

No. In accordance with guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education, international and DACA students do not meet the eligibility requirements for the CARES Act emergency grant funding.

Are College Credit Plus students eligible?

No. In accordance with guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education, College Credit Plus students do not meet the eligibility requirements for the CARES Act emergency grant funding.

How will I be notified if I do or do not qualify for the funds?

All communication regarding the CARES Act emergency fund grants will be sent directly to students’ Cincinnati State student email (SurgeMail).

How will I receive the funds?

Funds will be mailed as a paper check to the student’s permanent address on file with the College. Please check in MyServices and ensure your address is correct. If the address is not correct, please update the information.

Where do I complete the FAFSA?

Students who have not completed the FAFSA can complete the form at studentaid.gov.

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