Message to Students

Distribution of CARES Act Funding for Students

May 18, 2020 (12:30 PM)

Good afternoon everyone,

I am pleased to share the University’s plans for providing significant government-based and donor-funded financial assistance programs for students.


The University has received funding to assist students through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act has provided universities nationally with Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds for use in helping students manage financial hardships associated with COVID-19.

Please be aware of the following with regard to how these funds will be distributed to students:

  • Federal requirements state the funds must be made available to students enrolled as of March 13 who are eligible to participate in federally funded financial aid programs. Expenses that are considered eligible for consideration must have been incurred as a result of the disruption to campus operations and include expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology requirements, child care, or medical expenses related to COVID-19. Students attending only online Spring 2020 courses are not eligible.

Student Hardship Fund

We also recognize that any student, regardless of degree program, previously demonstrated financial need, or eligibility for federal financial aid, may have additional expenses and financial need at this time. Given this, we will continue to award grants of up to $300 through the Student Hardship Fund.

If you are a student in financial need and you have not previously received a Student Hardship Grant, please email [email protected] to request up to $300. Include “Hardship Request” in the subject field, your student ID number and a brief description of your situation and need in the body of your email.

The health and well-being of our students remain our utmost priority. While this funding may not compensate for the full financial burden experienced by so many of our students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope the awarding of these direct cash grants will assist many of our students at this challenging time.

Global Engagement e-Certificate

The Office of International Education invites Ferris students interested in gaining global experiences virtually this summer to enroll in our new, no-cost, 4-week, Global Engagement e-Certificate. Join students from our partner Universities around the world, and incoming international students to Dialog important global topics and gain intercultural communication skills.

The curriculum is focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, the themes for the four weeks will be the 1) SDGs and scientific research, 2) urbanization, 3) supply chains, and 4) global health. Each week, students will be provided with thematic vocabulary as well as required readings/viewings (articles and TED talks) to independently do to build context and background knowledge. Students will participate in three Virtual Deliberative Dialogues a week to discuss a critical question/issue focused on each theme. There’s a total of 20 hours of participation for all 4 weeks.

The certificate will be awarded in electronic format; it’s important to note that the program does not constitute a course (for academic credit) taken at Ferris. The program is four weeks long, and will repeat for 3 sessions over the summer (the content will be repeated each time as well). The first run of the program will begin on May 26th, 2020. If you are interested in joining, please fill out this Google Form to give us your basic contact information and express which session you are interested in joining: If you have any questions regarding the program, contact the Office of International Education at [email protected].

Planning for 2020-2021 Academic Year

Throughout the summer, I will share with you details about ways the University is preparing for the upcoming academic year. Please continue to check your email for important updates.

If you have a question or personal situation not covered by the information shared in these emails or in the information on our COVID-19 resources page, please reach out to me via email. If you have questions about CARES Act funding, please visit

All my best,

Joy N. Pulsifer
Dean of Student Life