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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 in spring 2020 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.

The deadline to apply for CARES Act funding was 5 pm on September 11, 2020.

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:

IMPORTANT NOTE: 

Fall 2020 CARES Act Emergency Aid

The Deadline to apply for Fall 2020 CARES Act emergency Aid was 5 p.m. September 11, 2020

Students who enrolled and maintained enrollment in fall 2020 could apply for CARES Act emergency aid if they met the following criteria: 

Timing

Once your application has been submitted, you should anticipate a response via your UT Dallas email address within 10 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.

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.  CARES Act emergency aid is a non-renewable fund and awarding is limited by funding.

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.

 

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.

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

You will receive an email response to your application within 10 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 or summer 2020. Can I still apply for CARES Act emergency aid?

 
After the end of the spring or summer 2020 term, students who were enrolled fall 2020 in an eligible program could apply for spring or summer 2020 CARES Act emergency aid through August 28, 2020 as long as all other eligibility criteria was met.  Students currently enrolled could apply for fall 2020 emergency aid if they met the criteria listed under “Fall 2020 CARES Act Emergency Aid“.  The deadline to apply for fall 2020 CARES Act emergency aid was by 5 pm, September 11, 2020.

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 met the criteria outlined above.

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

Students were able to apply once per eligible term of enrollment (see eligibility requirements per term above).  Please do not submit multiple applications for a term as this will slow down the process for you and for others.  Note:  The deadline to apply for CARES Act emergency aid has passed. 

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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