CARES Act Emergency Grant

About CARES Act Funding

If you are a Clarkson College student experiencing a short-term financial need due to the disruption of campus operations caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), please fill out the application for consideration of a one-time emergency student grant from the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. These emergency funds can pay for expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

The recently enacted federal CARES Act provided money to colleges and universities to distribute for emergency student grants. The purpose of the money is to provide financial assistance to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. This funding is separate from additional financial aid you may receive from Clarkson College.

What Does This Funding Cover?

The following is a list of expenses that can be considered for grant assistance if they were "related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus."

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology (such as having to buy a computer when courses were moved online)
  • Health care
  • Child care

We appreciate students applying for a grant only if it is truly needed as funds are limited.

Eligibility

Students who meet all criteria below are eligible to apply:

  • Working towards a degree or certificate at Clarkson College.
  • Enrolled in Spring 2020 in at least one on-campus/in-person course, even if that course moved to an online format due to the pandemic.
  • Have a valid 2019-20 FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Students must also attest that they have experienced any of the aforementioned disruptions.
  • Per federal regulations, international students, DACA/undocumented students and students enrolled exclusively in programs that are always taught entirely online are not eligible to receive a CARES Act Emergency Grant.

How to Apply

Please complete the form below to apply. 

However, before doing so, please review the eligibility requirements, as not all students are eligible to receive funding.

Applications received by June 1st will receive priority.


CARES Act/HEERF Reporting As of 6/10/20

  • Clarkson College has signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement form.  The College intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  • Clarkson College has received $220,951 from the U.S. Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  • $27,500 has been distributed to 31 students for the Emergency Financial Aid Grants Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of 6/10/2020. 
  • 251 is the estimated total number of students at Clarkson College who are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  • Students must submit an application to receive an Emergency Financial Aid Grant.  $1,000 will be disbursed to Pell Grant recipients and $750 will be disbursed to Non-Pell Grant recipients.
  • Students can find more information and the application for the CARES Act Emergency Grant at https://www.clarksoncollege.edu/cares-act-emergency-grant/.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Do I have to submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in order to be eligible?

Yes, you must submit a 2019-20 FAFSA in order to be eligible for the CARES Act Emergency Grant.

Per federal regulations, international students, DACA/undocumented students and students enrolled exclusively in programs that are always taught entirely online are not eligible to receive a CARES Act Emergency Grant.

What is my deadline to apply?

The priority deadline is Monday, June 1, 2020. 

How much can I receive through the CARES Act Emergency Grant fund?

Pell Grant recipients can receive $1000.00

Non-Pell Grant recipients can receive $750.00

Do I have to submit documentation or proof of my expenses?

No. Documentation of expenses is not required to apply for the CARES Act Emergency Grant at this time. However, we may need to request documentation and/or a statement describing your expenses if the U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to collect that information at a later date.

I submitted the CARES Act Emergency Grant application. When will I know if I will receive funding?

We will not begin to award the funds until the week of June 1, 2020. You will receive an email as soon as we have determined if you will be given a CARES Act Emergency Grant payment.

How will I receive the grant money?

CARES Act Emergency Grants will be processed based on your existing CashNet refund selection. Funds will be directly deposited into bank accounts for students who are enrolled in the direct deposit option. To speed up your payment, we strongly encourage you to select a refund option if you have not done so already by logging into Self Service (https://selfservice.clarksoncollege.edu/SelfService/Home.aspx) and navigating to CashNet. Instructions for setting up direct deposit can be found here.  

If awarded, will the CARES Act Emergency Grant be applied to my Clarkson College bill?

No. If you receive a grant, funds will be sent directly to you via direct deposit if you have signed up through CashNet or you will be mailed a check. Funds are not applied to your Clarkson College balance.

Will these funds impact my financial aid?

No. Since the CARES Act Emergency Grant is not considered financial aid, it will not impact your current aid eligibility.

Is the CARES Act Emergency Grant taxable?

No. Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act are qualified disaster relief payments per the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and will not be taxable.

How many times can I apply?

You may apply one time.

Will everyone who applies for a CARES Act Emergency Grant receive one?

No, based on the limited funding we received from the U.S. Department of Education, it will be distributed to students with the most demonstrated need, as long as funds are available.

Do I need to repay this grant?

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

I wasn’t awarded a CARES Act Emergency Grant. Why?

We have received limited funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the CARES Act Emergency Grant. Federal guidance strongly encourages institutions to award funds to students with the highest amount of need first. Therefore, the majority of available funds will be sent to those with the highest amount of demonstrated financial need (as determined by the FAFSA) who submitted the request by June 1, 2020. If you believe you were eligible but did not receive a CARES Act Emergency Grant, we likely ran out of funding. We encourage you to pursue the other Clarkson College emergency funding opportunities listed above.


CARES Act Emergency Grant Application