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CARES Act Grant


On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed in to law. This act included funding to institutions of higher education, referred to as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), providing students with grants to offset the unexpected expenses they may have incurred as campus operations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summary of MINIMUM Eligibility Requirements:

Reminder! Some students will not be eligible to receive CARES Act Grant funding.

Examples of Exclusions:

  • Students who are not a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible non-citizen.
  • Students enrolled less than half time.
  • Students that were selected for, but have not completed, financial aid verification.
  • Students enrolled in academic programs administered strictly online.

    • Note: This exclusion does not pertain to students that were participating in face-to-face classes during the spring semester who were moved to an online platform in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also does not apply to students who were participating in online courses prior to the shutdown unless their declared major was a dedicated online program not available to on-campus participants.

  • Students who are in default on a Title IV loan, owe a balance for returned Title IV funds, or have fraudulently received funds in the past.
  • With limitations, students with federal or state convictions for drug possession or sale.

Students who are not eligible to be considered for the CARES Act Grant may still submit an application to the NDSU-sponsored Student Emergency Fund.

Distribution of Funds:

If you are selected to receive a CARES Act Grant, you will receive an email notification shortly after your grant has been released by the Financial Aid and Scholarships department. Students are strongly encouraged to sign up for direct deposit to ensure that their funds are received without delay.  If the student has not enrolled in direct deposit, a paper check will be mailed to the student's home address in Campus Connection.

WARNING!
Please be aware that the distribution of the CARES Act grant funds may bring forward scams targeting college students. If you receive an email that appears to be from NDSU but are unsure that it is legitimate, please contact NDSU One Stop at (701) 231-6200 for verification.

CARES Act Grant Application:

NDSU is no longer accepting student applications for additional CARES Act grants as the funding received from the U.S. Department of Education has been exhausted. Please continue to monitor this site to determine if there are any opportunities for additional grants in the future.

Questions?

Please refer all questions regarding CARES Act Grants to NDSU One Stop at (701) 231-6200 or ndsu.onestop@ndsu.edu.

Additional Resources:

HEERF Student Fund Reporting Requirements

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed in to law. This act included emergency funding to institutions of higher education, referred to as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), providing students with emergency grants to offset unexpected expenses (including food, housing, technology, health care, child care and course related material) they may have incurred as campus operations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. North Dakota State University signed and returned the Certification and Agreement form on 04/21/2020 with the intent of using 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.

  2. The amount allocated to North Dakota State University in CARES Act Grant funds is $3,864,163.00. This amount is designated for emergency financial aid grants for students.

  3. Of these funds, $3,359,788 has been disbursed to students as of June 23, 2020. Only Title IV federal financial aid eligible students can be awarded the CARES Act Grant Funds according to the US Department of Education. These students must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid on file and be enrolled for Spring 2020 semester as of May 4, 2020.

  4. There are an estimated 7,874 eligible undergraduate, professional and graduate students representing approximately 65% of the student population.

  5. 7,823 students received CARES Act Grant funding under Section 18004 (a)(1) of CARES Act as of June 9, 2020.

  6. NDSU must pay CARES Act grants directly to students and may not apply the grants toward any outstanding institutional charges.

Frequently Asked Questions


Will all students receive a grant?

No. The most common reason for exclusion is if the student is not eligible to receive Title IV federal financial aid funds.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Minimum eligibility requirements are as listed below.

  • The student was enrolled in the spring semester as of March 27, 2020 in a degree-seeking program.
  • The student must be Title IV federal financial aid eligible and qualified to receive financial aid from the federal government. This includes the requirement to be making Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students will be expected to have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file to be considered for the grant. Note: This eligibility requirement is currently under review. Please see detailed note above.

Reminder! Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee receipt of a grant.

How was the amount of my block grant determined?

Multiple offices within NDSU worked together to develop a formula to, as fairly as reasonably possible, distribute the funds to as many students as possible based on a variety of different factors including, but not limited to, Title IV eligibility, Pell grant eligibility, career, and academic program. Several exclusions were applied beforehand including, but not limited to, students that were enrolled less than half time, students that haven’t completed verification, students in strictly online programs, students in default of a Title IV loan, etc.

Can my grant be applied to the tuition I will owe for the upcoming Summer 2020 semester?
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Will the grant be used to pay the balance owed at NDSU?

The U.S. Department of Education was very clear in their expectation that the funds be delivered directly to the student and that the school absolutely must not use any portion of the grant to pay a balance owed.

Do I have to pay the grant back?

No.

My parents are paying my tuition and other school expenses. Will they receive the grant funds?

No, all grant funds will go directly to the student.

Will this grant impact my financial aid for next year, 2020-2021?

No. Aid received by victims of an emergency by either a federal or state entity for purposes of providing financial relief will not be counted as income for the calculation of Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

Will the grant appear on my 1098-T tuition tax statement?

Yes, it will appear in Box 5 – Scholarships or Grants.

Will I have to pay taxes on the funds received?

Please consult a tax professional for a conclusive answer, however, as of May 7, 2020 the IRS stated that the grant funds should not be included in an individual’s gross income.


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