Student Guidelines: GSU CARES Act Grant

Grambling State University students who need financial assistance for expenses incurred during COVID-19 response could be eligible for a student grant. Students who have incurred additional cost of attendance (COA) expenses like food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, childcare, and others may qualify for a federal CARES Act Grant, which will provide emergency relief funding. 

Eligibility 

Only students who meet pre-qualification to apply for CARES grant assistance will find the application in BannerWeb. Students who have financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic and are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. If a student has filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA. Students who have not filed a FAFSA but who are eligible to file a FAFSA also may receive emergency financial aid grants. The criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include but are not limited to the following:  

  • U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen;  
  • a valid Social Security number;  
  • registration with Selective Service (if the student is male);  
  • and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.  

Students who were enrolled exclusively in online programs or classes prior to the COVID-19 national emergency are not eligible. 

Process 

Applications for CARES Act grants will be available starting May 8. Eligible students should sign-in to Banner Web to complete an application by May 15.  Awarding of funds is made on a four-tiered schedule with full-time undergraduates eligible for the largest award. These availability-based funds will be disbursed as outlined in the schedule below. Students who do not meet the submission date will have their grant applications considered only if funding is available; students who apply before the deadline will receive funding first. There is a maximum amount awarded per student as a base amount. A limited amount of funds are available, however outstanding circumstances may require additional funding as needed. 

Check you student email for results or requests for additional information after your application has been submitted. Awarded funds will be posted on the student’s account and disbursed in the form of a direct payment to the student either in direct deposit or mailed check. It is recommended that students set up direct deposit to their checking account so that funds will be readily accessible for needed expenses. 

Tiered Schedule of CARES Act Funding  

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FAQs 

What is the CARES Act? 

The CARES Act is federal legislation which provides financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. One part of this federal program allocates money to Grambling State University, and a portion of that allocation can be awarded directly to students who are experiencing financial expenses due to the coronavirus.  

Who can apply for CARES Act funds? 

Students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants and 

Students who have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus that have affected their cost of attendance (COA) and  

Students who are degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students and 

Students who are currently enrolled in the Spring Semester at Grambling State University and were not enrolled exclusively in online classes and/or programs prior to the COVID-19 emergency. 

Please login to your student account to submit an application.  

What does “eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in the Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965” mean? 

Section 484 of the HEA states that Title IV eligible students must: 

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program 
  • Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school. 
  • For currently enrolled students, be making satisfactory academic progress. 
  • Not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans. 
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan. 
  • File “as part of the original financial aid application process” a certification that includes 
  • A statement of educational purpose. 
  • Student’s SSN. 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen. 
  • Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges.  
  • Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits. 
  • Have repaid Title IV loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently. 
  • Have Selective Service registration verified. 
  • Have Social Security Number verified. 
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations. 

Can Undocumented Students and International Students Receive Funds Under the CARES Act? 

No. Under ED’s new guidance undocumented students, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students, and international students are not eligible for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants to students. 

What kinds of expenses are allowable? 

Funds can be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or childcare. 

How much can I apply for? 

Students are eligible for a maximum base amount based on their student status tier.  Additional funding may be awarded for high-cost expenditures or special circumstances that have been indicated by the student with supporting documentation. A limited amount of funds are available. We have a limited amount granted to us, and we appreciate students only asking for the amount needed so we can serve as many students as possible. 
 

How do I apply? 

  • Login to your student account and complete the application/certification.  
  • Complete all required fields. 
  • Submit your application. 
     

Does the money need to be repaid? 

No, money received through this fund does not need to be repaid.  
 

How will I receive my money? 

The funds that are awarded will be posted on the student’s account and refunded in the form of a direct payment to the student. Ensure the most up-to-date direct deposit information in your BannerWeb account prior to May 8 so that funds will be readily accessible for needed expenses. If you are unable to accept funds via direct deposit, you will receive a check mailed to your permeant address as recorded in BannerWeb.  
 

Would this funding reduce my financial aid? 

No, this fund does not negate nor replace financial aid, and it is a one-time grant. 
 

Can I apply for funding more than once? 

No, students can apply only once. If funding is remaining after all applications have been received and reviewed, students would be notified if there are additional opportunities for future semesters.  
 

What are the deadlines to apply? 

Students must submit their CARES ACT Grant Application for the Spring Semester no later than the close of business by May 15, 2020. Students who do not meet the submission date will have their grant applications considered only if funding is still available.  To authorize direct deposit see the instructions listed in the “Process” section above. 
 

How will I receive my money? 

The funds that are awarded will be posted on the student’s account and refunded in the form of a direct payment to the student. It is recommended that students visit BannerWeb set up direct deposit to their checking account so that funds will be readily accessible for needed expenses.  To authorize direct deposit see the instructions listed in the “Process” section above. Students who do not setup direct deposit will receive checks mailed to their address on file.