Financial Aid COVID-19
Funded by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the emergency financial aid grants will be awarded to students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible expenses include:
- Course Materials
- Health Care
- Child Care
In order to qualify for HEERF student emergency grants, students must have a FAFSA on file, meet Title IV eligibility requirements as outlined in Section 484 of the Higher Education Act.
Title IV Eligibility requirements as outlined in Section 484 of the HEA include:
- U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen
- Valid Social Security Number
- Registered with Selective Service (if you are male)
- Have a High School Diploma or GED
- Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.
- Enrolled in a regular academic program, degree or certificate
- Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
- Not in default or owe an overpayment for a federal student loan and/or grant
- File "as part of the original financial aid application process" a certification that includes
- A statement of educational purpose
- Student's SSN
- 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
Funds will be disbursed to students on a first-come, first-serve basis. The application will be available for students who are enrolled in Fall 16-week and 1st 8-week classes on September 8, 2020 and will close on September 25, 2020. Funds are expected to be disbursed to students on October 2, 2020.
For students that are only enrolled in Fall 2nd 8-week classes, the application window will be from October 19, 2020 to November 6, 2020. Funds are expected to be disbursed to students on November 13, 2020.
For Winter Mini semester only students, the application window will be from November 30, 2020 to December 22, 2020. Funds are expected to be disbursed to students on January 15, 2021.
Student eligibility will be verified by the Financial Aid Office. The maximum a student can receive for any semester is $500. This covers the entire umbrella of the semester (16-week, 1st 8-week, 2nd 8-week, mini), not per individual term
Funds will be sent directly to the student via their normal preferred disbursement method (direct deposit or check). The entire $500 will be issued to students regardless of any unpaid balance on their account.
If additional funding is necessary, students can apply online through Grayson Cares.
Last Updated: September 2, 2020