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JCU has received federal funding from the CARES Act, which provides assistance for student expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Students can request funds in these categories:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course Materials
  • Technology
  • Health Care
  • Childcare expenses
  • Travel
  • Other Expenses (Expenses that do not fit any of the above)


Am I eligible?

You may be eligible for CARES Act funding if you:

  • Have been enrolled at JCU after March 13, 2020
  • Have a 2019-2020 FAFSA application on file with JCU to confirm eligibility.
  • Have experienced a financial hardship as a result of the disruption of education due to the coronavirus.

International, non-US citizen, dual-credit, CCP non-degree-seeking students, students exclusively enrolled in online courses, or students who withdrew from classes prior to March 13, 2020, are not eligible for CARES Act funding. 

 

How do I apply?

You can request funds using the JCU CARES Act Emergency Funds application. New grant applications can be submitted beginning May 4, 2020. The deadline to submit your application is Friday, May 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Click on the application here:  CARES Act Emergency Funds Application


FAQs

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is federal legislation that provides a variety of financial support to individuals and organizations affected by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.

The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides more than $14 billion in emergency funding to higher education. Of those funds, more than $6 billion must go directly to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants (HEERF-student share) for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis.

John Carroll University will receive a total of $2,224,405 of which at least half ($1,112,203) must be provided directly to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care. The other half may be used by the university to cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.

We are committed to assisting all eligible students that may have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to the greatest extent possible with the CARES Act funds available. You should request funds based on your actual financial need for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care, for the time period of the emergency. The actual amount each student will receive is based on the number of applications received and the funds available.

The CARES Act Emergency Fund application committee will begin reviewing applications on Friday, May 15, 2020. Decisions and funding amounts will be announced by Friday, June 5, 2020.

You will be contacted via your JCU email address with the outcome of your application and the next steps in the process. 

All 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. 

No, you will not need to repay any money received through this fund.

No. You may submit the application for emergency financial assistance only one time. 

No. This is an emergency grant to help you manage unexpected expenses related to the coronavirus, and it will not have any impact on other financial aid you may be eligible to receive.

Any CARES Act funding awarded to you will be paid to you directly, and it will not cover any outstanding balances owed to John Carroll University. Any outstanding balance owed to JCU will remain the responsibility of the student.

For a full explanation of the CARES Act awarding process, please visit the CARES Act Reporting website.  

  • If you requested Housing and/or Food expenses, but received a refund of your room and board fees from JCU, your request was decreased by the amount of the refund you already received.
  • If you requested Technology expenses, but received technology support from JCU to aid in the transition to online courses, that request was reduced accordingly.

 

John Carroll University automatically awarded CARES Act funds to all Pell-eligible students who were enrolled in classes after March 13, 2020. If you received a CARES grant without submitting an application, according to our records, you are part of this population.

These funds are for expenses you incurred related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. 

Lost wages, impact of financial hardship (e.g., students or parent’s loss of income impacting ability to pay tuition and fees), expenses you would have incurred even if the campus operations had NOT been disrupted, etc. are not eligible expenses for CARES Act funding. 

For a full explanation of the CARES Act awarding process, please visit the CARES Act Reporting website.  

NON Pell-eligible Students

If you have direct deposit set up correctly, you should have received your funds. If not, then a paper check was mailed on 6/10/20 or 6/11/20.

Pell-eligible Students

If you received a grant based on your eligibility as a Pell student, your refund will be processed on 6/11/20. If you have direct deposit set up correctly, you should receive your funds on the next business day.  If not, then a paper check will be mailed on 6/11/20 or 6/12/20.

ALL STUDENTS

If you receive an email like the one below, this means your grant was processed through your TouchNet account and the funds will be directly deposited into your account on the next day. If you do not receive an email like the one below by the end of the week of June 8th, you should expect a paper check.
 

Hello,

Your refund has been processed. Refund details are shown below. Please allow up to 5 business days for the funds to be deposited in your account.

 

Refund Details

Payment Method: OFCU
Refund Amount: $XXX.XX

Thank you,

Student Enrollment & Financial Services

Questions?

Please contact caresact@jcu.edu with any questions about CARES Act funding. 

These policies were created based on the US Department of Education guidelines at the time of implementation.