COVID Emergency Funding

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Federal Emergency Student Grant Eligibility Criteria

Syracuse University received funding through the federal CARES Act, CRRSAA, and American Rescue Plan (ARP) to provide emergency grants to students. In addition, Syracuse Responds Grants are available to students not meeting eligibility requirements for federal grants.

Who is eligible to receive student grant funding?

  • Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or law degree-seeking program.
  • Students with a current year FAFSA on file with Syracuse University confirming their need.

How are award amounts determined?

Funds are awarded to students who meet the eligibility requirements (above) who display need-based aid eligibility and who submit a federal emergency grant request form identifying what costs or hardships they have incurred. Awards are based on the requested amount but are capped by category and in total to assist as many students as possible. High need students will be prioritized.  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.

What expenses can be covered with CRRSAA 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 expenses eligible for grant consideration include, but are not limited to: tuition, fees, books & supplies, housing, meals, travel, technology required for your academic program, medical costs, childcare costs, and personal expenses related to attending your academic program.

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.

Apply for an emergency grant

  • Please complete the emergency grant request form to apply for emergency assistance. You will be notified If you are eligible for an American Rescue Plan (ARP) grant or Syracuse Responds grant.
  • You may also contact your financial aid counselor to discuss what options may be available for the special circumstances you or your family are experiencing.
  • You may also want to review financial resources listed on the COVID-19 resources page provided by the Office of Financial Literacy.

 

Federal emergency grant spending information

      • Student Emergency Grant Portion (50%)

        • 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.
        • The student emergency funding portion is $4,960,061.
        • CARES 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, and food insecurity/accessibility.
        • 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).
        • As of Jan. 31, 2021, we have awarded $4,960,061 to 2718 students (appx. 100% of allocation).

    Federal CRRSAA

    • Institutional Spending (50%)

    • Student Emergency Grant Portion

      • There were an estimated 10,659 students eligible to receive CRRSAA emergency grants at the time funds were received. This is based on Federal CARES Act eligibility criteria published by the federal Department of Education.
      • The student emergency funding portion is $4,960,061.
      • Grants awarded were intended to reduce financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, but in some instances could not fully resolve or remove the financial burden. Examples of expenses eligible for grant consideration include, but are not limited to: tuition, fees, books & supplies, housing, meals, travel, technology required for your academic program, medical costs, childcare costs, and personal expenses related to attending your academic program.
      • As of June 30, we have awarded $4,960,061 to 2713 students (100% of allocation).

    Federal American Rescue Plan (ARP)

    • Institutional Spending (50%)

    • Student Emergency Grant Portion

      • The student emergency funding portion is $15,403,023.
      • Grants awarded were intended to reduce financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, but in some instances could not fully resolve or remove the financial burden. Examples of expenses eligible for grant consideration include, but are not limited to: tuition, fees, books & supplies, housing, meals, travel, technology required for your academic program, medical costs, childcare costs, and personal expenses related to attending your academic program.
      • As of June 30, we have not yet awarded these funds.