What is the CARES Grant?

A federal grant that was established to help students that were financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Who is eligible?

Students who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid can be considered for these funds.

Students who are eligible: Students who have a valid 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the university, or who are eligible for financial aid who attended in-person classes prior to March 13th are eligible for funding. 

Students who are not eligible: Students whose classes were online for the entire semester, international students, concurrent enrollment students, and students not in a degree-seeking program.

The Method(s):  Awards were based on eligibility criteria outlined in the CARES Act and awarded on a tiered point system based on the total student semester credit hours (SSCH) the student was enrolled in as of March 13, 2020, the date of the President’s declaration of the national pandemic emergency.  The table below outlines the estimated grants for the Spring 2020 semester. PCCUA determined which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act by allocating 80% of the funds for award during the spring semester with the remaining 20% reserved for additional emergency grants for students in the summer and/or fall semesters. 

What constitutes eligible expenses to qualify for emergency funding?

This could apply to a variety of financial costs directly tied to the effects of COVID-19 which may include money spent for unanticipated travel, replacement of medications, emergency child care due to extended school closures, additional technology requirements, etc. Funds can be used for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, tuition, fees, or child care.

Do I have to repay the Grant?

No. The Federal Emergency Aid Grant funds are designed to be a grant, not a loan.

How will students be notified of eligibility?

Students can review their financial account on web advisor.

How will students receive the funding?

Eligible students will receive funding via U.S mail.

Would this funding reduce my financial aid?

No, this money does not reduce nor replace financial aid. It is a one-time grant.

What is the total allocation of Emergency funds?


How many students are eligible and have been awarded?