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CARES Act Emergency Funds FAQ's

Please see below for Frequently Asked Questions about CARES Act Emergency Funds.

What funds are available to students through the CARES Act?

The CARES Act will provide emergency grants to students who meet certain qualification criteria. Drake University has been approved to receive this federal funding and expects to distribute funds directly to qualifying students.

What are the eligibility requirements for receiving a CARES Act funded grant?

Students who meet all of the following criteria may be eligible for this funding:

  • Students who are eligible to receive federal student aid as either an undergraduate or graduate-level degree-seeking student. Eligibility must be confirmed through submission of a 2019–2020 or 2020–2021 FAFSA;
  • Students who were enrolled in coursework in the spring 2020, summer 2020, or fall 2020 semester(s), and that coursework is not part of a program that is offered entirely online; and,
  • Students who incurred eligible expenses caused by the disruption to campus operations.

What expenses are and are not eligible under the terms of the CARES Act?

Per the direction of the U.S. Department of Education, these grants can only be used for student “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.” The Department of Education has explicitly prohibited using the grant dollars to compensate a student for lost income due to their or another’s loss of employment.

How can students apply for an emergency grant?

Students who meet the above criteria must complete the CARES Act Student Grant Application to be considered for these federal funds. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and funds will be distributed until they are exhausted. Completing an application does not guarantee that a student will receive funds. As part of the application, students will be asked to substantiate their reported eligible expenses. The maximum amount of assistance a student may receive from this funding is $6000.

Are students who graduated in May 2020 eligible to receive a grant?

Yes, students who graduated in May 2020 may apply for these funds.

Are students who previously received support from the Student Emergency Fund eligible to receive a grant?

Yes, students who previously received support from the University’s Student Emergency Fund may apply for these funds.

I have additional questions about CARES Act Emergency Grants. Who may I contact?

If you have questions, please email or call (515) 271-2353. 

I do not qualify for a CARES Act Emergency Grant based on my ineligibility to receive federal student aid. Are there other emergency funds available that do not have that requirement?

The United States Department of Education requires all recipients of CARES Act Emergency Grants to be eligible to receive federal student aid. This federal requirement disqualifies a number of students, including international students and those who are legally in the United States through the DACA program. Drake University will continue to make grants available to these students through other funding sources, including the Drake Student Emergency Fund. Please contact with any questions about the various emergency funding sources available to Drake students. Note that students do not have to share details of their immigration status when communicating with Drake.

Questions? Contact us with any COVID-19 questions.

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