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    CARES Act Financial Assistance

  • Capital University has received funding through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by the president in late March, this direct economic relief package provides stimulus and financial support to many sectors of the economy, including higher education.

    Funding will be used to provide emergency grants to students who were impacted by the disruption of campus operations on or after March 13, 2020 due to the COVID-19 health emergency. 

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    Eligibility

    Current degree-seeking students who were enrolled in on-campus classes during the spring 2020 semester (as of March 13, 2020), and who are eligible to receive federal financial aid, may request CARES Act funds. Students must have a 2019-2020 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file with Capital University, or submit a FAFSA application online at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.

    Grants may be provided to students who submit documentation for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus that may include, but are not limited to, food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and child care. For example:

    • You lived on campus or used a meal plan, and now you are experiencing housing or food insecurity.
    • You routinely used the computer labs to do your schoolwork, but now need a computer to continue your education remotely.
    • You needed to purchase Internet access for your home (including a “hotspot” or other equipment).
    • You received health services on or near campus and now need to seek treatment elsewhere that is not covered by your insurance.
    • The childcare provider your child attended closed and you’ve had to hire alternative care so that you could continue your coursework.
    • You incurred transportation expenses returning home or storing your personal belongings because you could not return to campus to retrieve them.
    • You incurred nonrefundable expenses related to study abroad travel that was either canceled or shortened unexpectedly.

    Allowable expenses do not include loss of income or past due balances owed to the university.


    Awarding of Grants

    Requests for CARES Act grants will be reviewed as they are received. Awards will be determined on a case-by-case basis and relative to available funding at the time of the request. The intention is to assist as many students as possible, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance. Depending on the number of requests received, the expected minimum grant will be $400. Once your request is reviewed and approved, you will receive an email detailing the amount and process for grant disbursement.

    Please direct specific questions to John Brown, director of Financial Aid, at jbrown18@capital.edu or 614-236-6771.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the CARES Act?
    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act provides stimulus and financial support to many sectors of the economy, including higher education. A portion of the funding package earmarked for colleges and universities is explicitly directed to provide emergency grants to students who were impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 health emergency.

    How can Capital students use emergency funds provided through the CARES Act?
    As required by the legislation, CARES Act funds may be used only to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (this includes expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, travel, health care and child-care expenses).

    How can students request funding?
    Students who are already eligible for federal financial aid based on their 2019-2020 FAFSA can apply for a CARES Act grant using the online form below

    What expenses will be considered in a request for a CARES Act grant?
    Expenses you incurred as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 health emergency, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and child care. Here are some examples:

    • You lived on campus or used a meal plan, and now you are experiencing housing or food insecurity.
    • You routinely used the computer labs to do your schoolwork, but now need a computer to continue your education remotely.
    • You needed to purchase Internet access for your home (including a “hotspot” or other equipment).
    • You received health services on or near campus and now need to seek treatment elsewhere that is not covered by your insurance.
    • The childcare provider your dependent attended closed and you’ve had to hire alternative care so that you could continue your coursework.
    • You incurred transportation expenses returning home or storing your personal belongings because you could not return to campus to retrieve them.
    •  You incurred nonrefundable expenses related to study abroad travel that was either canceled or shortened unexpectedly.

    How much funding can a student expect to receive?
    Awards will be determined on a case-by-case basis and relative to available funding at the time of the request. Depending on the number of requests received, the expected minimum grant will be $400. Students will be notified of the exact amount via email once the application has been reviewed.

    When can students expect to receive the funds once they submit their request?
    Requests for CARES Act grants will be reviewed as they are received.  Once your request is reviewed and approved, you will receive an email detailing the amount and process for grant disbursement.  If you are already signed up for direct deposit for refunds, the funds will be deposited in your account within 7-10 days from grant approval. If you are not set up for direct deposit you can do that by completing the direct deposit information in myCAP at:  mycap.capital.edu, otherwise you will receive a paper check in the mail to your permanent address on file with the university. Student Accounts encourages all students who are eligible for CARES Act funding to sign up for direct deposit in order to receive the funds as quickly as possible.

    How will Capital determine which students will receive the funding and the amount of each grant?
    Under the CARES Act, institutions must identify students who have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to determine eligibility students are asked to complete the form below.

    The amount of each grant will be determined on a case-by-case basis of need and the extent the loss of services impacted the student’s continued pursuit of their education. The minimum grant will vary depending on the number of requests received but is expected to be about $400.

    CARES Act grants will be available on a first-come basis and so long as funds are available. Our intention is to assist as many students as possible while being sensitive to need, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance.

    Do students have to file the FAFSA to receive funding?
    Yes.  Without the FAFSA on file, we have no way of knowing if you are eligible to participate in federal financial aid programs. The criteria for eligibility include but are not limited to: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting. Additionally, the student must not be in default or in a loan overpayment and must be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP), or on an approved SAP appeal/plan.

    If you do not have a FAFSA on file, we recommend you file the FAFSA now. We will review your financial aid file during the processing of the CARES Act grant request and may request additional documentation so that we can assist you to establish your eligibility.

    Can students appeal the outcome of the CARES Act grant request?
    No. There are no appeals regarding the decision or the grant amount.  However, if you have new information not previously provided or your situation has changed you can reapply.

    Will the funding be applied against an existing balance owed to the university?
    No. The grant will be paid directly to you. It will come as direct deposit if you are set up for that or as a paper check without regard to the balance owed.  Under Department of Education guidance, the university shall not apply the grant to your balance owed, even with your permission and request to do so. 

    Is other financial support available to students at this time?
    Capital University is supporting students in need of financial aid relief in numerous ways. All students, regardless of CARES Act grant eligibility, are able to apply for emergency assistance, and may do so using this form or through our Special Circumstances process for loss of student or family income.  

    If a student is not eligible for CARES Act grant funding we will look at other options as available.


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