CARES Act Emergency Student Grants FAQ

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

What is the CARES Act?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on March 27, 2020. Part of the CARES Act, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), allocated money to higher education institutions like Carroll University impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Carroll is required by the CARES Act to use at least 50% of this funding to provide emergency grants to students for expenses caused by the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.

What expenses can I include in my CARES Act grant application?

Eligible expenses are unforeseen things you had to pay for related to your cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care, which were caused by the disruption to your semester. According to the Department of Education, tuition and lost wages are not eligible expenses. You should only include expenses you incurred on or after March 13.

Do I need to fill out an application to be considered for a CARES Act grant?

Applications for CARES Act Funding is closed as funds have been distributed.

How do I apply for a CARES Act student grant?

Applications for CARES Act Funding is closed as funds have been distributed.

How do you apply for the CARES Act Housing Grant?

Apply for the CARES Act Emergency Student Grant at

Is there a deadline to apply for a CARES Act grant?

Applications for the second round will be accepted through September 15, 2020.

All current students (undergraduate, graduate and part-time) enrolled in Fall 2020 affected by the COVID-19 pandemic who have successfully completed a 2020-2021 FAFSA (or are eligible to file a FAFSA) are eligible to receive CARES Act Funds. The U.S. Department of Education limited these grants to students who are eligible for Title IV federal aid. As a result, the university cannot give these funds to DACA, undocumented or international students.

What are my options if I’m not eligible for Title IV federal aid?

Students who are not eligible for Title IV, such as DACA, undocumented or international students, may contact the Chaplain’s Office at to request financial assistance through other emergency funds available to students in need. Carroll University’s Student Emergency Fund, unrelated to CARES Act grants, is open to all students.

What if I think that I am eligible for Title IV federal aid, but did not file a 2020-2021 FAFSA?

Students who are eligible for federal aid but who have not yet filed a 2020-2021 FAFSA can still do so at Please contact the Carroll University Financial Aid office at if you have questions about filing a FAFSA. Only students who have filed a FAFSA will be eligible for a CARES Act emergency student grant.

Do I need to submit receipts or document how I spent my grant?

No. Students may want retain documentation for tax purposes, but will not be asked to submit receipts documenting their expenses to the university.

How will I receive the CARES Act Housing grant funds?

Students will be notified via their Carroll email when checks are available to be picked up in our Business Office in Voorhees Hall. Unfortunately, we do not have direct deposit at this time.

Will the CARES grant cover the full difference between the new housing costs or just help with a portion of the price?

We plan to cover the entire cost difference.

I applied for the CARES act funding but it only asked me if the cost of housing has increased due to COVID-19. Did I fill out the form?

Yes. That was all the form asked.

When would we hear back if we got a CARES grant?

We are waiting for final housing assignments to be determined. The application is live until September 15, 2020; however, we hope to notify families soon after we start on August 24.

How will I be notified if I receive CARES Act grant funds?

Students who apply for and receive CARES Act emergency grants funds will be notified via their Carroll email address.

If I have an outstanding balance, will my CARES Act grant be applied directly to my student account?

No. The university will not apply any CARES Act emergency grant funds towards an outstanding balance on a student’s account.

Will receiving CARES Act grant funds impact my NCAA eligibility?

CARES Act funds do not adversely affect NCAA eligibility. Student athletes and non-athletes are encouraged to apply If they are eligible and have a qualifying situation.

Are the CARES Act grant funds taxable?

The CARES Act emergency grant funds may be taxable. Carroll University is currently waiting for additional guidance regarding taxability of these funds.

Who should I contact if I have other questions?

If you have other questions, please email


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