The Coronavirus Assistance, Relief and Economic Securities (CARES) Act was approved by Congress and includes support for higher education including emergency grants for students facing expenses due to COVID-19. CIA has received approximately $800,000, of which $400,000 is designated for emergency grants to our students. The remaining funds are designated for use by the institution to cover unexpected expenses due to COVID-19.
The U.S. Department of Education issued guidance on the distribution of these emergency funds to students. The grants are for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations because of coronavirus, including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. The grants need not fully cover or fully meet the expenses a student has incurred because of the disruption.
Students eligible to receive these funds:
No application was required to receive a Federal CARES grant. Students who met the basic eligibility criteria outlined above have received a grant. CIA used FAFSA data to determine student eligibility and grant amount. The grants range from $350 to $1,350. Those students with the greatest Pell Grant eligibility were awarded the largest grants.
The grants were disbursed directly to students via their student accounts beginning May 5, 2020. The grants were not applied to or used to offset any charges, tuition, fees or other balance on the students' account. For students enrolled in direct deposit, the funds were accessible approximately three business days from the date of disbursement. For those not enrolled in direct deposit, a paper check was issued and mailed to the permanent address on record.
CIA recognized that all students were affected by the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. The CIA Cares grant was established to assist students who were ineligible to file a FAFSA, and students who did not file a FAFSA.
No application was required to receive a CIA Cares grant. A one-time grant of $250 was disbursed directly to students via their student account beginning on May 5, 2020. Further funding is not available at this time to provide students with additional grants. These funds are meant to help students pay for expenses related to rent, food, technology, course material, health care and/or child care incurred this semester. The grants are supported completely through CIA resources.
We understand that students have significant needs during this time. The Federal CARES and CIA Cares emergency grants are limited to availability of funding.