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Federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Syracuse University recently signed and returned to the federal Department of Education the certification and Agreement and the assurance that Syracuse University intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency aid to students.

Here you will find some frequently asked questions as well as resources to complete a request for additional funding.

Who is eligible to receive CARES Act funding?

  • U.S. Citizens and permanent residents enrolled in a residential undergraduate, graduate, or law degree-seeking program at the time of the transition to online learning
  • Students must have a valid 2019-20 FAFSA or a 2020-21 FAFSA on file with Syracuse University with no outstanding federal match/eligibility issues
  • Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards

How are award amounts determined?

  • Funds are awarded to students who meet the eligibility requirements (above) who display Title IV aid eligibility and who submit a Federal CARES Act request form identifying what costs they have incurred due to the COVID-related disruption of learning  (eligible costs below). Awards are based on the requested amount but are capped by category and in total to assist as many students as possible. Though students are required to affirm that these costs are accurate and related to COVID-19, we do reserve the right to deny requests that appear inaccurately high or false.

How many Syracuse University students are eligible to receive CARES Act emergency grants?

  • There were an estimated 9,737 students eligible to receive CARES Act emergency grants at the time funds were received. This is based on Federal CARES Act eligibility criteria published by the federal Department of Education.

How much is available for emergency financial aid to students?

  • The student emergency funding portion is $4,960,061.

How many students have been awarded Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act and what was the total amount of funding that has been awarded?

  • As of May 18, 2020, we have awarded $1,112,160 to 634 students (appx. 22% of allocation).
  • As of May 29, 2020, we have awarded $2,218,130 to 1,303 students (appx. 45% of allocation).
  • As of June 29, 2020,  we have awarded $3,573,278 to 2,054 students (appx. 72% of allocation).
  • As of July 31, 2020, we have awarded $4,580,382 to 2,596 students (appx. 92% of allocation).
  • As of Aug. 27, 2020, we have awarded $4,680,240 to 2,650 students (appx. 94% of allocation).
  • As of Sept. 30, 2020, we have awarded $4,721,412 to 2,670 students (appx. 95% of allocation).
  • As of Oct. 31, 2020, we have awarded  $4,724,974 to 2,674 students (appx.  95% of allocation).
  • As of Nov. 30, 2020, we have awarded $4,724,974 to 2,674 students (appx. 95% of allocation).
  • As of Dec. 31, 2020, we have awarded $4,771,107 to  2,697 students (appx. 96% of allocation).

What expenses can be covered with CARES Act funding?

  • Grants awarded are intended to reduce financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, but in some instances will not fully resolve or remove the financial burden. Examples of COVID-19 related expenses eligible for grant consideration include, but are not limited to:
    • emergency travel caused by the abrupt transition to online learning
    • child care expenses
    • costs related to emergency shelter
    • costs of storage/shipping belonging home
    • technology expenses created by the shift to online learning
    • medical/health-related expenses due to COVID-19
    • food insecurity/accessibility

How can I make sure I will receive my funding quickly?

  • Please set up direct deposit on MySlice, in the Finances section of your Student Services list. If this is not possible, please make sure that the permanent address you have listed is correct. This address is where your paper check will be mailed if no direct deposit information is provided. Please note, paper checks will be mailed once a week.

How do I apply for CARES Act funding?

I need help but I don’t meet the requirements for CARES Act funding, what do I do?

Financial Evaluation for 2020-21

I don’t need help now, but I/my family have concerns about our ability to contribute to my educational expenses for the upcoming year.

  • In these unusual and unprecedented times, we recognize that students may face unexpected challenges in reaching their educational goals. Please contact your financial aid counselor to discuss your future funding needs. Your financial aid counselor can speak to you to determine if your current situation will impact your 2020-21 aid and can begin the appeal/professional judgment process should it be required.