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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Emergency Aid

CARES Act Emergency Aid refers to funding provided to colleges and universities by the U.S. Department of Education to provide emergency grant aid to federal aid eligible students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.

It is important that you read the information below before applying for CARES Act Emergency Aid. 

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible Expenses

The following is a list of expenses that can be considered for CARES Act Emergency Aid if they were incurred due to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus:

Food Computer Course Supplies (including books, software, and hardware)
Rent Internet Healthcare
Utilities Moving Childcare

Please Note:  Not all funds requested can be approved due to limited funding.

Restrictions

CARES Act Emergency Aid cannot be:

Please be advised:  CARES Act emergency aid is a limited fund. The funds available in summer 2020 are significantly less than the funding that was available in spring 2020. Awards made are the maximum available due to funding limits. Priority consideration will be given to those with the highest calculated need and first-time applicants who were enrolled in spring 2020.

 

Summer 2020 CARES Act Emergency Aid

Summer 2020 emergency aid applicants must:

Please make sure your application is final, complete, and accurate at point of submission.  You will receive an email acknowledgement after submission.  Please read the email carefully for important details and guidance.  

Apply Here Summer 2020

 

Spring 2020 CARES Act Emergency Aid

Students who were enrolled spring 2020 and have not previously received spring 2020 CARES Act funding may apply now if you meet the following criteria: 

Please make sure your application is final, complete, and accurate at point of submission.  You will receive an email acknowledgement after submission.  Please read the email carefully for important details and guidance.  

Apply Here Spring 2020

 

Amount

The maximum amount awarded will depend on your individual application submitted as well as the number of eligible applications received.  Please note that we cannot fund all costs requested due to limited funds.

Timing

Once your application has been submitted, you should anticipate a response via your UT Dallas email address within 5 to 7 business days. If additional information is needed, we will contact you via your UT Dallas email. Please be advised – duplicate submissions will increase the time it takes to review your application. Please make sure your application is complete and final before submitting it.

Documentation

If additional documentation is required to support your application, the Office of Financial Aid will contact you via your UTD email address.

Refunds

Refunds for recipients of CARES Act Emergency Aid will be issued by the Bursar Office. It is highly recommended that you be enrolled in direct deposit to expedite your refund.

Students enrolled summer 2020 with unanticipated expenses who are not CARES Act Emergency Aid eligible may apply for the university’s Student Emergency Financial Assistance Fund

 

CARES Act Emergency Aid FAQ

Who is not eligible for CARES Act Emergency Aid?

CARES Act Emergency Aid cannot be awarded to international students, TASFA applicants, DACA students, or students enrolled in fully online programs prior to March 13, 2020. Students who do not meet the basic eligibility criteria are also not eligible. If you are not eligible for CARES Act Emergency Aid and have unanticipated financial needs, you should consider applying for assistance through the UTD Student Emergency Financial Assistance Fund.

How will I know if I’m approved for CARES Act Emergency Aid?

You will receive an email response to your application within 5 to 7 business days of submission. Requests for additional information, status updates, and award notices will be sent from the Office of Financial Aid to your UTD email address.

How much funding will I get from CARES Act Emergency Aid?

Emergency aid grants vary by student and are unique to each student’s expenses incurred.   We cannot fund all costs requested as funding is limited.

I was enrolled spring 2020 but not summer 2020. Can I still apply for CARES Act emergency aid?

 
Please see details above under “Spring 2020 CARES Act Emergency Aid“.

What if my emergency aid funding is not enough? Can I appeal or request additional funding?

We are not able to accept appeals for additional funding. 

How will I receive my funds if I am offered CARES Act Emergency Aid?

Refunds for recipients of CARES Act Emergency Aid will be issued by the Bursar Office. It is strongly recommended that you be enrolled in direct deposit to expedite your refund.

Will CARES Act Emergency Aid affect my other financial aid?

CARES Act Emergency Aid will not affect other financial aid awarded to you.

Are undergraduate and graduate students eligible for CARES Act Emergency Aid?

Yes, as long as they meet the criteria outlined above.

How many times can I apply for CARES Act Emergency Aid?

Students may apply once for Summer 2020 CARES Act Emergency Aid. 

I completed my FAFSA but was selected for verification. Do I need to submit the documents before I can receive CARES Act Emergency Aid?

There are some verification requirements related to CARES Act Emergency Aid. If we need additional information from you, we will contact you via your UTD email address. To be considered for other federal, state, and institutional financial aid, verification must be completed.

I completed a FAFSA and received unsubsidized loans only. Am I still eligible for CARES Act Emergency Aid?

You may qualify for CARES Act Emergency Aid even if you received only unsubsidized loans as long as you meet the eligibility requirements and have unanticipated expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

Do I need to report CARES Act Emergency Aid on my federal tax return?

CARES Act Emergency Aid is considered a qualified disaster relief payment under section 139 of the Internal Revenue code, and thus is excluded from income. For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions section of the IRS Coronavirus and Economic impact Payments: Resources and Guidance webpage.

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