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CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund

04/28/2021 Update: On December 27, 2020, the President signed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) (P.L. 116-260). CRRSAA authorizes eligibility for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II for students exclusively enrolled in distance education. This expanded eligibility applies to both new funds under the CRRSAA (HEERF II funds) and any leftover funds under the CARES Act (HEERF I funds).

Eligibility Policy

Eligible recipients for CARES Act Emergency Relief funding include on campus degree seeking students who have demonstrated eligibility for Federal Student (Title IV) Aid. Funds will be awarded based on eligible expenses incurred by the student as a result of the Regent University campus closure due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

How to Apply

Students interested in applying for CARES Emergency Relief funds should contact the Office of Advising to discuss their unique situation with a member of our Advising team. Qualifying students will be provided with further application steps, which generally include a summary of their circumstances and supporting documentation, along with submission of either a 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 FAFSA.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I file a FAFSA? The FAFSA can be found at Please visit our full Steps to Aid page for more information. Students must successfully resolve any documentation requirements resulting from their FAFSA in order to establish their eligibility for Title IV aid. This requirement must be met to qualify for CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund assistance.

Do online or international students qualify for CARES funds?

The Department of Education has issued guidance that students enrolled in online programs do not qualify for CARES Act Emergency Relief funding. On campus students who are now studying temporarily online due to the campus closure can qualify for funding. International students, including students under a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status are not eligible recipients for aid from this fund.

Can students failing Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) qualify for CARES funds?

Students must demonstrate eligibility for Title IV aid to qualify for CARES Act Emergency Relief assistance. Based on current guidance, students that have failed the SAP requirements cannot qualify for funds from this grant, unless they have successfully appealed their SAP status and obtained approval for SAP probation. SAP policy and appeal information is available here.

Can CARES funds be awarded to offset lost income?

CARES Act Emergency Grant funding is intended to assist students for expenses resulting in the campus closure due to COVID-19. Loss of income is separate and distinct from additional expenses, and therefore does not qualify for assistance from this fund. However students are encouraged to reach out to the Office of Advising as noted in the How to Apply steps above if they have experienced income loss or other forms of financial hardship due to the epidemic. Other forms of Special Consideration may be available to provide assistance.

What options exist to help online students impacted by COVID-19?

While CARES Emergency Relief Grant funds cannot be awarded to online students, other forms of accommodation are available and will be made on a case by case basis. This can include academic grace for courses dropped due to COVID-19, additional time to complete assignments, and review for additional eligibility from the Federal Pell Grant and Direct Loan programs.