CARES Act Funding at USF
CARES Act Funding Purpose
- In response to the needs of our nation and higher education, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Within the provisions of this legislation, the University of Sioux Falls will receive funds from the US Department of Education, to award emergency grants to impacted students and to provide with some financial relief for those impacted by COVID-19.
- Emergency grant funds are intended to help students continue their education. Student expenses may include but are not limited to, food, housing, course materials, health care, child care, technology-related expenses, and transportation.
- The spirit of this program is to assist students that have experienced financial hardship as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and it is focused on providing basic needs. Since the funding source for this program has limitations, we respectfully request that students who are fortunate to have their basic needs met do not apply as a means of serving the greater good of other students not as fortunate as a result of this health crisis.
CARES Act Eligibility
- Students who have financial hardship due to COVID-19 and who are or could be eligible to participate in programs stipulated by Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, may receive emergency financial aid grants. If a student has filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA. Students who have not filed a FAFSA should complete one now in order to be considered for emergency grant funds.
- The application period for Spring and Summer grants has closed. USF students should watch their email for information regarding eligibility in 2020-2021.
- Email USFCARESfund@usiouxfalls.edu with any questions you may have in regard to your application for an emergency grant.
- Call Financial aid at 605-331-6623 or Student Accounts at 605-331-6640.
CARES Act FAQ
What is the CARES Act?
The CARES Act is federal legislation, which provides a variety of financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. One part of this federal program allocates money to The University of Sioux Falls, and a portion of that allocation can be awarded to students who are experiencing financial expenses due to the coronavirus.
Who can apply?
If a student has filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA. Students who have not filed a FAFSA should complete one now in order to be considered for emergency grant funds. International, DACA and students enrolled in programs fully online are not eligible for funding.
What kinds of expenses are allowable?
Funds can be used for food, housing, course materials, technology, transportation, child care and health care expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. USF cannot apply grant funds to unpaid tuition and fees or room and board expenses.
What additional resources are available within the community?
We understand that many students’ needs extend beyond university related expenses during this difficult and unprecedented time. Please review the additional local community resources available below and feel free to reach out if you have any additional questions.
- Mental and Health Resources Community
- Food/Basic Needs Resources
- Department of Labor and Regulation (Reemployment assistance)
- Coronavirus Help Sioux Falls (Food distribution sites, prayer requests, delivery of necessities)
- One Sioux Falls Fund (Income assistance)
- Coronavirus Food/Basic Needs Information (By zip code)
- Virtual Counseling Resources
- Department of Health Information
CARES Act Disclosure Information
Student CARES Act Disclosure Report
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report as of September 30, 2020
- The University of Sioux Falls signed the Department of Education’s Certification and Agreement form and intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
- USF received access to $518,087 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
- As of September 30, 2020 USF has distributed $443,472.19 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
- USF has an estimated 1673 students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
- As of September 30, 2020, 1030 USF students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
- In response to this legislation, USF leadership created a committee to review applications from students and award grant funds. The committee’s first meeting was April 27, 2020. Applications are reviewed for their eligibility and validity on a case-by-case basis. Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be currently enrolled at USF, either full-time or part-time.
- Have a current FAFSA on file (2019-2020 for spring applications, 2020-2021 for summer/fall applications.)
- Meet the qualifications to be eligible for Title IV aid.
- Have a qualifying expense due to either campus closure or moving to online courses.
- For the fall 2020 semester, we will provide CARES grant funding to students enrolled as of August 7, 2020, to help with the purchase of technology-related expenses for the fall term. Students enrolled in 6 - 11 credits will receive $125 and students enrolled in 12+ credits will receive $250. Students must be Title IV eligible and degree-seeking in a traditional undergraduate program to qualify. Students that are not eligible on August 7 will have a chance to complete necessary steps and qualify by September 30, 2020, for a fall disbursement.
- No more than $2,000 will be awarded in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to a student at one time. A student may reapply every 30 days. A student can receive a maximum of $6,000.
- The following guidance, concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grant for students, is provided online and on the USF application: Emergency Financial Aid Grant funds are intended to cover a student's expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These specific grant funds are not intended to replace lost wages. Expenses may include, but are not limited to, food, housing, course materials, health care, child care, technology-related expenses, and transportation. Documentation to support your application may be requested by the review committee. Examples may include additional housing or food costs due to moving off-campus, technology related expenses due to switching to online classes, or having to purchase textbooks or supplies due to no longer having access to campus. The USF CARES Emergency Funding section of our Coronavirus webpage provides supplemental information.