COVID-19 Emergency Student Financial Aid

July 7, 2020 - 9:30 p.m.

The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has provided institutions of higher education across the country with emergency cash grant funding for students who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 and related academic disruptions. Following guidelines from the US Department of Education, Florida Atlantic University will disburse these cash grants to students who are most in need of financial relief due to the ongoing global pandemic.

While the May 15 priority deadline has passed, the application remains open and grants will continue to be disbursed for as long as funds are available.

In order to receive this emergency grant funding, eligible students must apply online.

Effective July 1, 2020: Students may be eligible if enrolled for the Summer 2020 term with a 2019-2020 FAFSA. If not enrolled for the Summer 2020 term, students may be eligible if they were enrolled in the Spring 2020 term and are also enrolled in the Fall 2020 term with a FAFSA completed for both aid years (2019-2020 and 2020-2021). Students must also meet all eligibility criteria below.

Grant Eligibility Criteria

  • Recipients must be eligible for Title IV aid with a 2019-2020 FAFSA on file*
  • Financially impacted due to disruption of academic operations caused by COVID-19
  • Any students who were enrolled in an exclusively online program prior to the transition to remote instruction are not eligible to receive funds at this time 

* Students who do not already have FAFSAs on file must first complete the form online at and submit all required documents to be eligible for Title IV aid before being considered as an emergency grant recipient

Examples of Qualifying Financial Impacts

  • Technology purchases to equip the student for remote instruction
  • Healthcare costs related to COVID-19 or related complications
  • Moving costs due to leaving on-campus residence halls or off-campus apartments
  • Food costs due to not having access to on-campus dining options
  • Other possible unforeseen expenses due to public health concerns

Frequently Asked Questions

For additional information, review the COVID-19 Emergency Student Grants - Frequently Asked Questions document or contact FAU’s Office of the Provost at 561-297-3062. For more details on this federal program, visit the US Department of Education’s Federal CARES Act webpage.

For information and data that the institution is reporting to the US Department of Education, visit FAU Cares Act Reporting.



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