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.
Reporting and Disclosure
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.
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.
- 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.
- Complete the CARES ACT Emergency Grant Application. The application is available in MyPack under the Financial Aid tile.
- 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 email@example.com. A staff member will quickly respond and ensure you have all the information you need.
The spring semester has ended but I haven’t submitted my CARES Act Emergency Grant application. Can I still apply?
I was not enrolled at NC State during the Spring 2020 semester. Can I request a CARES Act Emergency Grant?
I lost my job as a result of the Coronavirus. Can I receive a CARES Act Emergency Grant to replace my lost wages?
My parents lost their jobs or reduced hours during the Coronavirus pandemic. I am worried I cannot afford to return to NC State. Can I apply for a CARES Act Emergency Grant for this reason?
What are some examples of technology expenses related to campus disruption caused by the Coronavirus?
- 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.
What are some examples of transportation expenses related to campus disruption caused by the Coronavirus?
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.