COVID-19 Financial Relief

Office of Student Financial Aid

If your family has been financially impacted by COVID-19, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at to discuss what options exist.

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act is providing $23 billion to higher education institutions and their students.

Spring 2021 Grants

We are working on a model to allocate cash grants to students currently enrolled for Spring 2021. We understand that beyond COVID-related educational expenses, many families have been faced with job loss and long term unemployment directly related to COVID-19. A top priority will be assisting students with exceptional financial need.

We intend to finalize this model no later than April 15, 2021. If you are allocated funds, you will receive an email notifying you of your potential eligibility and some next steps you may wish to take.

To determine the amount of funding a student may receive for the CRRSA funds, we are considering the following indicators:       

  • An official 2020-21 FAFSA completed on or before March 30, 2021                              
  • Federal Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by FAFSA                             
  • Enrolled Credits for spring 2021

Fall 2020 Refunds and Adjustments

Credits and refunds were calculated student by student. Amounts are based on prorated costs, minus select fixed expenses, from the period beginning March 23, 2020, the day campus operations would have been resumed following spring break, and continuing through the end of the spring semester.

Room credit amounts were calculated based upon the rate applied to the housing in which the student resided as of March 23. The standard refundable credit, prior to any adjustments calculated at the individual student level as noted above, depended on the cost of the student's housing assignment.

Meal plan credits were calculated based upon the plan in which the student participated. All meal plans consist of meal swipes and dining dollars. The portion of the meal plan related to meal swipes will generate a credit or refund similar to housing outlined above. The full remaining amount of dining dollars and Hawk cash on the student’s account as of March 23 were used to generate the total credit or refund amount over and above the below standards.

Parking permits are required to be paid annually, and cover the time period from September through August. The cost of the parking permit depends on when the permit was purchased, and reduces by 25% on a quarterly basis. Parking permit refundable credits have been calculated based upon the date at which the permit was purchased and the time period covered by that permit.

CARES Act Stimulus Funding

The University received funds from the U.S. government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This additional funding is being provided to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. It was provided as a cash grant*. Using the most recently available guidance from the Department of Education, the University provided Title IV eligible students the following:

  • $500 to all residential students displaced from campus
  • $250 to all other full-time undergraduate students