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CARES Act

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

What is this emergency grant program?

The recently enacted federal CARES Act provided money to colleges and universities for emergency student grants. The purpose of the money is to award emergency financial aid grants to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.

IMPORTANT: The emergency grants cannot be used to replace a loss of income or to pay for student expenses that are not directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The following is a list of expenses that can be considered for grant assistance if they were incurred in "direct relation to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus."
• Food
• Housing
• Course materials
• Health care
• Childcare
• Technology-related expenses (such as having to buy a computer when courses were moved online)
• Transportation (such as having to fly home because classes were canceled or having to return from study abroad when the program was canceled)

FAQS
Do I need to file a 2019-20 FAFSA? No.  A student only needs to be eligible for file a FAFSA or already have a FAFSA on file with KU. *NEW*
• Students who are not eligible for CARES Act funding should email FinancialAid@kumc.edu with their needs. If institutional funds become available, we will provide further guidance about how to apply. *NEW*

Do I need to apply for loans or other aid? No

Who is eligible to apply? See eligibility criteria below.

How many times can I apply? Currently, a student may submit one application for an emergency grant. If KU Med is given additional funding from the CARES Act, students will be notified and will be able to reapply for additional grant assistance at that time.

Eligibility
Students who meet all the criteria:

  1. Working towards a degree or certificate conferred by KU Med.
  2. Enrolled in at least 1 hour in spring 2020.
    • U.S. Department of Education guidelines state that a student must have started the semester taking only in-person or a mixture of in-person and online courses.  *NEW*
  3. A student only needs to be eligible to file a FAFSA or already have a FAFSA on file with KU. *NEW*
    • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
      • Current guidance from the U.S Department of Education states you are not eligible for CARES Act funds.  Please see "Do  need to file a 2019-20 FAFSA?" above for guidance. *NEW*
    • Students in the U.S. on a F-1 or F-2 nonimmigrant student visa, or on a J-1 or J-2 nonimmigrant Exchange Visitor Visa.
      • Current guidance from the U.S Department of Education states you are not eligible for CARES Act funds. Please see "Do need to file a 2019-20 FAFSA?" above for guidance. *NEW*

Application Process

  1. Fill out the application form by 11:59pm on Friday, April 24.
    • Click the red Sign In button in the top right corner of the screen.
    • Click the red Sign In WIth your KU online ID button.
    • Click the red and blue KU Medical Center KUMC Login button
    • Click the red Apply button for the KUMC Emergency Grant
    • Answer all of the questions and click the red Finish and Submit button at the bottom right corner of the page.


Awarding
How much will I receive?
Schools received a limited amount of funds. Grant amounts will be determined based on the number of applications received and the specific needs presented in the application. KU Med cannot guarantee that all applications submitted will be eligible for funding.

When will we know the results?
Our goal is to award emergency grants as soon as possible, but we do not expect to receive the funds until the week of May 4th at the earliest.

How do students receive the money?
Emergency grants will be processed through student accounts. Emergency grants will be directly deposited into bank accounts for students who are enrolled in direct deposit. Students without direct deposit will receive a refund check in the mail.

What if I owe KU Med for tuition or other expenses?
The full amount of the emergency grants will be given directly to the student, and will not pay outstanding balances owed to KU Med. Any outstanding balance owed to KU Med will remain the responsibility of the student.

Are the Emergency Grants taxable?
It is unclear at the moment. If we receive updated guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department, we will add that here.

Last modified: Apr 23, 2020
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