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CARES Fund for Students

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CARES Act Relief Fund FAQs

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was passed by Congress to help provide financial relief from the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Part of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to distribute funds to institutions of higher education nationwide. Half of the funds these institutions receive must be given directly to their students to assist students with unanticipated expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. Santa Clara University has received $1,771,339 under this program to be disbursed directly to our students. Santa Clara University has established the CARES Act Relief Fund to aid in disbursing the funds to students. Students who meet eligibility requirements as set forth by the Department of Education and who demonstrate the greatest need may receive assistance from this fund. 

 

These funds can assist with unforeseen expenses for a student’s cost of attendance (e.g., food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, child care, and transportation) due to COVID-19 disruptions.

 

Under the U.S. Department of Education rules, qualifying students are those who are eligible for federal financial aid. Students who have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FAFSA”) have demonstrated this eligibility. 

 

Eligibility to receive federal financial aid requires the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (male students); high school diploma, GED, or completion of homeschool high school. If you have not filed a FAFSA, you may be asked for additional information to establish your eligibility.

 

While it is not required to receive assistance from the CARES Act Relief Fund, if you would like to submit a FAFSA, please fill out the 2019-20 FAFSA application and submit it as soon as you can. Santa Clara University's school code is 001326. It can take 5-7 business days for the Office of Financial Aid to receive your application once it has been submitted. To be considered for federal aid for fall 2020-spring 2021, please submit the 2020-21 application.

 

Under the U.S. Department of Education’s rules, students who are not eligible to receive federal financial aid, such international students and students enrolled in the DACA program, are unable to receive these funds. Additionally, students who were enrolled in an online-only program on March 13, 2020, are not able to receive these funds. 

 

Yes. SCU undergraduate and graduate students experiencing immediate financial need as a result of recent COVID-19 events can submit a request for assistance from the SCU Emergency Assistance Fund. Please see the SCU COVID-19 Information for Students website for details.


Students may also contact the Office of Financial Aid and submit an SCU Appeal Request Form if they are experiencing special circumstances that affect their ability to pay college costs. Both applications and additional information are available on the Financial Aid website.

 

Applications are available via eCampus (SCU login required). We will begin reviewing submitted applications on May 7 and weekly thereafter until all funds are distributed.

 

There is no deadline by which you must apply. Please note, however, that these funds are limited and will be disbursed on a rolling basis so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

 

Requests are being reviewed in the order received, and are currently taking approximately 3-4 weeks to process.  Once a determination has been made about your request, you will receive an email message with additional information.  

Funding is capped at $1,500 per student. Please be aware that these funds are limited, are not guaranteed, and requests may not be granted in full. Under the U.S. Department of Education rules, students demonstrating the greatest need will be prioritized to receive assistance from the CARES Act Relief Fund.

 

No, these funds are not a loan and you will not be asked to pay them back.

 

If your CARES Act Relief Fund request is approved, the funds will be disbursed to your student account. In order to process your refund, valid banking information and a current address on file is required. With this information on file, the refund will be deposited into your checking or savings account. Please log into eCampus, select the “Financial Account” tile, and under “Refund” there is an option to “Enroll in Dir Dep.”

 

Yes, you still need to sign up for direct deposit in eCampus. The student payroll is processed in a different operating system. In order to receive the refund, you must sign up for direct deposit through eCampus and have a current address in that system. Read directions on how to enroll in direct deposit (PDF).

No, the SCUPay site is unable to process student account refunds. In order to receive assistance through the CARES Act Relief Fund, you must sign up for direct deposit through eCampus and have a current address in that system. Read directions on how to enroll in direct deposit (PDF).

 

No, we require direct deposit to issue funds from the CARES Act Relief Fund. You must sign in to eCampus and enter valid banking information and confirm you have a current address in that system. Read directions on how to enroll in direct deposit (PDF).

 

No, the University will post the funds to your student account and issue you a refund of the full amount you have been approved to receive through direct deposit to your bank account. Sign up for direct deposit through eCampus and ensure you have a current address in that system. Read directions on how to enroll in direct deposit (PDF).

 

No, these funds cannot apply towards any student account charges. The full amount of the funding you receive from the CARES Act Relief Fund will be refunded to you. In order to receive your refund from the CARES Act Relief Fund, you must sign up for direct deposit through eCampus and have a current address in that system. Read directions on how to enroll in direct deposit (PDF).

 

No, the University will systematically issue your refund of the full amount you receive from the CARES Act Relief Fund. In order to receive this refund, you must sign up for direct deposit through eCampus and have a current address in that system. Read directions on how to enroll in direct deposit (PDF).

 

No, funds from the CARES Act Relief Fund are not considered financial aid awarded to you and will not affect your financial aid cost of attendance.

 

Santa Clara University has posted the federally mandated CARES Act 30-Day Fund Report here.