Federal CARES Act emergency grants are available for App State students. Allocations must be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Students must meet minimum Department of Education criteria to be eligible to receive CARES Act emergency grants. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply.
Federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, provides grant assistance to the university, direct aid to students. App State’s allocation is $15,927,932. Of that amount, 50%, or $7,963,966, will be provided directly to students in the form of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants.
The legislation specifies HEERF grant allocations must be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Qualifying expenses include a student’s cost of attendance, such as:
These funds must be paid directly to students by the university and cannot be used to refund the cost of reimbursements already paid to students by the university.
HEERF grant allocations will vary based on students’ individual situations, but our distribution plan is designed to help the most students with the greatest financial need.
Students must meet the following minimum Department of Education criteria to be eligible for a CARES Emergency Grant:
Note that most students have been pre-qualified. Please read more information about this under “How can I apply?” below.
To apply for CARES Act emergency grant funding, complete these three steps:
The application will be open through July 31, 2020. Graduating seniors in particular should apply as soon as possible.
The Mountaineer Emergency Fund offers assistance to students who are facing financial challenges that are significant barriers to their academic success.
Processing begins immediately upon the submission of your application. Your grant will be called a “refund.” Refunds are typically awarded within 3-5 business days, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The fastest way to receive your grant money is via direct deposit.
**Note that when CARES funding is approved, it may appear to decrease your current outstanding bill. This is a temporary accounting effect of processing your grant funds through Student Accounts, and the CARES funding will be refunded directly to you in the next refund cycle in 3 to 5 business days.**
No. This is not Financial Aid and will not count toward or be included in any financial aid package or college loans you receive.
No. This is an emergency relief grant from the US Department of Education to help enrolled students cover expenses they experienced due to the campus disruption caused by COVID-19.
Questions about eligibility:
Office of Student Financial Aid
Questions about disbursements and student accounts:
Questions about available aid and emergency assistance:
Office of the Dean of Students