Frequently Asked Questions
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Act provides federal aid to institutions of higher education to help students cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. Eligible expenses include areas such as food, housing, utilities, course materials, technology, health care, child care, and moving/transportation expenses.
CARES Act emergency grant funding is provided to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 as of March 13th, 2020.
Current undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking on-campus students who were are enrolled at AU as of March 13th, 2020 and who are eligible to apply for federal Title IV financial aid are eligible to apply for CARES Act funds.
Students enrolled in fully online programs prior to March 13, 2020, international, and undocumented students are not eligible.
Students enrolled in only online classes on March 13, 2020 would not have additional expenses related to the disruption of their education
Section 484 of the HEA states that Title IV-eligible students must:
Under the guidelines issued by the Department of Education, and because you are not able to apply for federal Title IV financial aid, you are not eligible.
Eligible students enrolled in AU as of March 13, 2020 can complete the application request to request support. Requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
To expedite the distribution of emergency funds to students, the University will review applications and award funds on an ongoing basis until the funds are exhausted. The completion of the application request does not guarantee funding.
Receipts are not required as part of your request but documentation supporting your request will be very helpful to the reviewing committee and/or staff.
We will work to process submissions as quickly as possible. A student may expect decisions to be made as soon as possible, but no later than 10 business days after the request is received.
Students will be notified of the decision via email to their auold.atlantisuniversity.edu email address.
Students will receive their funds based on the refund method by check.
No. The CARES emergency request funds have no impact on aid this year or next
No. Balances owed on student accounts will not be deducted from the CARES Act emergency grant funds. Any balance on the account is still the responsibility of the student.
No, CARES Act emergency grants are not considered financial aid awarded to you and will not affect your financial aid cost of attendance.
Yes. Graduating seniors are eligible to receive CARES Act funding.
CARES Act funding is not considered taxable income.
CARES funds are not taxable and will not be picked up in the 1098-T process.
You do not need to repay any CARES Act funding.
No appeals will be considered.
Please contact the Financial Aid office if you have any questions concerning the Cares Act funding.