Distribution of CARES Act Funding

The CARES Act establishes federal grant dollars "that must go directly to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Emergency grants to students can be used for eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare."

In order to be eligible, students must meet all Title IV student aid general eligibility requirements. These include but are not limited to: US citizenship or eligible non-citizen, Selective Service registration, if applicable, valid Social Security Number, and meeting Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standards. Students must have a valid 2019-2020 FAFSA on file to determine general eligibility. If you have not already done so, you may complete a FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov.

Students must have been enrolled at FSU and have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID19. Students attending only online spring 2020 courses are not eligible.

Full text of the CARES Act

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Direct deposits will be made on Wednesdays and Fridays and checks will be processed on Fridays and mailed to your permanent address on file with the university within 7 days of your request.

  • Payments will be made in the same manner by which your financial aid refunds are paid to you either by direct deposit or by check.  Checks will be mailed to your permanent address on file.

  • Login in to your MyFSU, click on Student, MyAccount, then the Direct Deposit quick link to sign up for or review your direct deposit.
  • Per federal guidelines, in order to be eligible, students must meet all Title IV student aid eligibility requirements.  These include but are not limited to: US citizenship or eligible non-citizen, Selective Service registration, valid Social Security Number, and meeting Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.  Students must have a valid 2019-2020 FAFSA on file to determine general eligibility.  If you have not already done so, you may complete a FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov.
  • Students must have been enrolled at FSU and have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID19. Students attending only online spring 2020 courses are not eligible per federal guidelines.
  • The CARES Act establishes federal grant dollars “that must go directly to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.  Emergency grants can be used for eligible expenses under a student’s costs of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.”  Please see FAQ answer for "Why am I unable to submit a grant application" above for eligibility information.
  • No, the CARES Act establishes federal grant dollars “that must go directly to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Emergency grants can be used for eligible expenses under a student’s costs of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.”

Payments to Students (Disclosure)

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