Students will need to make sure they have filed their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Please note that assistance is subject to availability of funds, and applicants must meet eligibility criteria.

Undergraduate students are eligible, but must have submitted a 2019-2020 FAFSA or must submit a FAFSA application by the June 30 deadline in order to be eligible for the funding. Students must also meet federal aid eligibility criteria, including but not limited to:

  • Being a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (i.e. permanent resident or conditional permanent resident)
  • Having a valid Social Security number
  • Having a high school diploma, GED or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting
  • Being degree-seeking
  • Must be enrolled in the term for which they are seeking assistance
  • Cannot be in default on federal student loans
  • Being registered with Selective Service, if male
  • Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Cannot exceed aggregate loan limit or Pell Grant lifetime usage
  • Cannot owe an overpayment on federal aid programs

Funding is limited, and applications will be reviewed based upon request. For students who are not eligible for CARES Act funding.

Students may still be eligible for CARES Act funding but must submit a FAFSA application. We recommend these students apply for CARES Act funding and fill out a FAFSA application, which takes the Department of Education 48-72 hours to process.

CARES Act funds are designed to assist with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, such as housing, food, course materials,
technology, healthcare and child care.

Due to the anticipated high volume of applications, we expect that it will be 3-4 weeks before students will receive the money.

Every application will be evaluated individually, and the amount granted will be based on the request and available funding.

Yes, students who graduated in Spring 2020 were eligible to apply for funding. The application window closed at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19.

The federal legislation outlined eligibility criteria, not SAC. The federal funding is designed to assist students who meet eligibility criteria and who had their face-to-face instruction impacted by COVID-19.

No, the CARES Act money is a federal emergency grant that is not required to be repaid.

If families incurred expenses due to reduced work hours or loss of employment due to COVID-19 and those circumstances impacted students’ ability to pay for costs related to their pursuit of higher education, they can receive funds if the student files a FAFSA and demonstrates eligibility for the Pell and or the MAP award.

If your question is not answered here, email: your questions will be responded to within 48 business hours in the order in which they were received.