CARES Act - Student Relief Funding
Cumberland University has received funding through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Funding will be used to provide direct emergency grants to students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak.
A committee has been established and has determined the qualifications for eligibility.
In order to be eligible for funding, undergraduate students must:
- Be enrolled in a degree-seeking program or have withdrawn from the Spring 2020 semester after 03/13/2020 for COVID-19 related issues.
- Must have an estimated family contribution (EFC), as calculated through the FASFA form that does not exceed 100% of the average cost of attendance (COA) for their enrollment status
- Must submit a certification form indicating they have experienced additional living (housing, utilities, food, child care or medical costs) or technology related expenses directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Eligible as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
- Hold a valid social security number
- Be registered with Selective Service (if the student is male)
Cumberland University's CARES Act funds for undergraduate students will be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. This includes, but is not limited to, eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care expenses.
Grant funds may be used to help with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes:
- Food expenses
- May include unexpected grocery expenses for a student who was depending on using a meal plan to eat for the semester, or increased grocery expenses for a student supporting dependent children due to school or childcare closure
- Course Materials
- May include but not limited to general use supplies such as writing utensils and notebooks; course specific supplies such as calculators and other materials unexpectedly required to be purchased due to campus disruption of regular operations
- Technology Expenses
- May include computer equipment, internet access expenses, increased cell phone data cost, printer supplies, etc. required for student success when transitioning to an online format from the traditional in person classstructure
- Healthcare Expenses
- May include the cost of unanticipated or unusual medical expenses due to coronavirus or its effects
- Child Care/Dependent Care Expenses
- May include the cost of unanticipated or unusual care expenses for a student's child or dependents in the independent (based on FAFSA) student's household
- Transportation Expenses
- May include the cost of unanticipated or unusual travel expenses related to the disruption of campus operations. This may include additional trips to campus to retrieve belongings
- Housing Expenses
- May include unanticipated expenses in securing housing and/or rent for students after the transition to remote delivery of courses.