CARES Act Emergency Grants

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides emergency funding to support students impacted by the campus disruption due to the coronavirus.

CARES Act Emergency Grants will be released directly to students for qualifying expenses such as food, housing, technology needs, childcare expenses, medical expenses and other expenses resulting from the campus disruption.

Eligible Students

The Department of Education requires that students meet federal financial aid eligibility requirements to qualify for CARES Act Emergency Grant assistance.

Students enrolled in exclusively online programs or were fully enrolled in online courses at the time of the disruption are ineligible.

Students not eligible for support under the CARES Act Emergency Grant may apply for funding from the Pack Essentials Student Emergency Fund administered by DASA as long as funding remains to be available.

Application Process

CARES Act Emergency Grant Funding has been fully expended and the application is no longer available. Should additional funding become available, the application will be reopened.

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you have already completed the FAFSA, you do not need to complete it again. If you have not yet completed the FAFSA, we recommend you complete the 2020-21 version.
  2. Complete the CARES ACT Emergency Grant Application. The application is available in MyPack under the Financial Aid tile.
  3. Enroll in direct deposit. Enroll, update or check your direct deposit enrollment by visiting the Student Accounts tile in MyPack Portal.

CARES Act Emergency Grants will be released first to students who experienced disruption during Spring 2020 (2019-20 aid year). The application will be extended to include Summer 2020 for those that continue enrollment and incur expenses related to the disruption of moving classes fully online.

NC State understands the need to act quickly to address your needs. We will make every effort to review and respond to your application as quickly as possible. If you have questions, please contact our staff by emailing financialaid@ncsu.edu. A staff member will quickly respond and ensure you have all the information you need.

FAQ

We recommend you apply as soon as possible. Requests are expected to exceed funding availability. Students graduating in the spring semester should apply prior to their graduation date.

For requests related to expenses in the cost of attendance, like meals and housing, the maximum amount is a proration of the value used in the undergraduate cost of attendance and based on the maximum number of weeks the campus experienced disruption. If the application indicates a lesser amount is needed, the lesser amount will be considered. For requests related to expenses for technology, child care, health/medical expenses or other items, the requested amount will be considered. While the maximum total grant request for all expenses is $3000, all requests are subject to review and approval based on available funding.
Not at this time. The Department of Education requires that students meet federal financial aid eligibility criteria. International students can apply for support through the Pack Essentials Student Emergency Fund.
Yes. The Department of Education requires that students meet federal financial aid eligibility criteria.
The funds will be directly deposited to your bank account. If you have not yet signed up for a direct deposit, you can do so by completing the required information on the Student Accounts tile.
Yes. We advise that you complete the 2020-21 version so that you can be considered for other aid for the upcoming academic year.
No, you must have been enrolled at the time of the disruption to request assistance. If you believe you have special circumstances, please contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (financialaid@ncsu.edu). Students enrolled in the summer may request a grant for the summer term.
No. The grant cannot replace lost wages. However, if you are not able to meet expenses related to food, housing/rent, technology expenses, travel expenses, etc. due to the campus disruption caused by the Coronavirus, you may apply for a grant.
No, the funds are not intended for this purpose. However, please contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (financialaid@ncsu.edu) so that we can reconsider your financial aid application to determine if you might qualify for other types of financial assistance.
Some examples include but are not limited to:
  • Expenses to purchase hardware or software to participate in online classes.
  • Expenses related to obtaining reliable Internet and wifi access to participate in online classes.
  • Expenses related to tutoring or course assistance to improve your experience and performance in online coursework.

Some examples include but are not limited to:
  • Additional travel expenses due to the disruption caused by the Coronavirus. For example, the purchase of a plane ticket to return home early from a Spring 2020 study abroad experience.
  • Unexpected transportation expenses resulting from the disruption caused by the Coronavirus. For example, higher than anticipated fuel expenses due to making frequent trips home to meet the university move-out deadline.

Additional Financial Assistance/Other Resources

Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid – if your family’s financial circumstances have changed since you submitted your FAFSA, please contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (financialaid@ncsu.edu) to request a reconsideration. We will do all we can to assist you!

Pack Essentials – emergency resources are available to NC State students not able to benefit from CARES Act Emergency Grants.