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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. 

 

On June 29, 2020, the Department of Education provided updated guidance expanding CARES Act eligibility to students for expenses beyond the period affected by the initial emergency declaration (March 13, 2020). The guidance states, “Although the intent of the CARES Act is to make emergency financial aid grants immediately available to students, if funds remain after making these immediate disbursements, eligible students enrolled during subsequent terms may receive emergency financial aid grants even if they were not enrolled in the [term that included the March 13, 2020 emergency declaration].”

 

In accordance with the guidance from the Department of Education, SCU is expanding CARES Act Relief Fund eligibility 1) to students enrolled on or after March 13, 2020, when the Emergency Declaration was made; and 2) for student expenses occurring after the initial emergency and beyond the immediate disruption to students. On July 20, 2020 SCU is providing a new request form that will allow students who previously applied for the CARES Act Relief Fund to apply once again for their additional expenses that occurred in the term of the emergency declaration or in a term after the emergency declaration was made , up to $1,500 total for all applications by a student.

Formerly, from May 1, 2020 - July 17, 2020, SCU students were permitted to apply only once for emergency assistance from the CARES Act Relief Fund. Assistance was limited to emergency aid for a student’s immediate expenses incurred due to the disruption of campus from COVID-19.

Beginning July 20, 2020, SCU students who previously applied for emergency assistance from the CARES Act Relief Fund may submit another application for assistance for additional eligible expenses, up to $1,500 total for all applications by a student. Students enrolled after the term that included the March 13, 2020 emergency declaration may also apply for assistance from the CARES Act Relief Fund. Finally, a student’s expenses due to the disruption on campus from coronavirus that occurred in a semester or quarter after the emergency declaration was made may be claimed in a student’s application for the CARES Act Relief Fund.

  • My situation has changed and I have incurred new eligible expenses.

Yes. Beginning July 20, 2020, eligible students who previously applied for assistance from the CARES Act Relief Fund may reapply once more for additional expenses that they have incurred related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, during the term when the national emergency was declared, or thereafter, up to $1,500 total for all applications by a student. Applications are available via eCampus (SCU login will be required).

  • I previously applied for funds from the CARES Act Relief Fund, and I did not receive the full amount I requested.
  • I previously applied and my request was denied.

Yes. Beginning July 20, 2020, eligible students who previously applied for assistance from the CARES Act Relief Fund may reapply once more for additional expenses that they have incurred related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, during the term when the national emergency was declared, or thereafter, up to $1,500 total for all applications by a student. A new application is available via eCampus (SCU login will be required). All other requirements regarding eligibility of students, eligibility of expenses, and prioritizing students demonstrating the greatest need remain the same. Please review the FAQs carefully and only submit requests for eligible expenses, as requests for funds outside of the scope of what is permissible under the CARES Act can not be fulfilled.

  • I previously applied and received $1,500.

No, you may not reapply. You received the maximum amount available to a student from the CARES Act Relief Fund and you may not apply for additional amounts.

These funds can assist with unforeseen/additional expenses for a student’s cost of attendance (e.g., food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, child care, and transportation) related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.  Regular or recurring expenses that would be incurred regardless of class mode or campus status, expenses related to someone other than the student, general expenses related to COVID-19 but NOT related to campus disruption, future or anticipated expenses, and tuition are examples of expenses that DO NOT QUALIFY for reimbursement under the CARES Act. Requests for funds outside of this scope of what is permissible under the CARES Act can not be fulfilled. 



Under the U.S. Department of Education rules, eligible students are those who a) qualify for federal financial aid; b) are or have been enrolled in a qualifying program; and c) are or have been enrolled during an eligible term. Students who meet eligibility requirements and demonstrate the greatest need may receive these funds.

Students who have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FAFSA”) have demonstrated this eligibility.   



 

Eligibility to receive federal financial aid under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act requires the following of a student: 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, among other requirements. If you have not filed a FAFSA, you may be asked to provide 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.

 

Newly enrolled SCU students may apply for the CARES Act Relief Fund, but only beginning on the first day of classes for their respective programs.

 



 

Under the U.S. Department of Education’s rulesstudents 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 enrolled in a program that, notwithstanding the move to online learning due to COVID-19, was intended to be online-only on March 13, 2020 or thereafter, are not eligible 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 began reviewing submitted applications on May 7 and will continue to do so 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. Once funds are depleted, no further applications can be accepted or reviewed.

Requests are being reviewed in the order received, and are taking approximately 4-6 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 for all applications submitted. If you have previously applied for and received aid from the CARES Act Relief Fund, the funds you previously received will apply to the $1,500 maximum. 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. Once funds are depleted, no further applications can be accepted or reviewed.

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.

 

Yes. SCU is aware of a recent scam involving a very convincing email about CARES Act funds that invited recipients to log with their passwords in order to accept a non-existent payout. The link provided was malicious. If you receive an email that asks you to enter your password, think before you click. More information about how to report and handle suspicious emails, and how to reset your password if necessary may be found at https://www.scu.edu/is/secure/incident-response/incident-response-faq/

Santa Clara University has posted the federally mandated CARES Act 120-Day Fund Report here

Santa Clara University has posted the federally mandated CARES Act 75-Day Fund Report here

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