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CARES Act Emergency Funding Request

NEW! Update July 29, 2020

CARES Act emergency student assistance is available for students enrolled for Fall 2020 who have unexpected and critical financial needs relative to technology, food and/or housing insecurities or to assist with textbooks and/or course supplies.  CARES Act Award amounts will be  limited to $500 -$1000 as we make efforts to support as broad a population of our student community as possible.  Applications are reviewed weekly, and funds are disbursed directly to the student via e-refunds whenever possible. 

Funding allocated to Puget Sound through the CARES Act is for the “sole and exclusive purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus." The funding will provide emergency financial aid grants to University of Puget Sound students to help meet these unexpected and critical expenses. 

CARES Act funding is not need based, but recipients must meet criteria for participation in programs under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act (HEA). If you have never filed a FAFSA, or do not have a FAFSA on file for the 2019-20 academic year, we encourage you to complete the 2020-21 FAFSA now to allow us to deliver approved grant funds to you without delay. Current guidance from the Department of Education suggests that a completed FAFSA is required to demonstrate that eligibility criteria have been met by filers, regardless of need status. While future guidance may allow students to self-certify eligibility criteria, that guidance has not yet been issued, and we are unable to release approved CARES Act funds to non-FAFSA filers. 

Examples of eligible expenses incurred between March 13, 2020 and May 15, 2020 for CARES Act funding include:

  • Incremental Wi-Fi Service, laptops, or other technology related expenses for distance learning
  • Unreimbursed flight cancellations or flight change fees for travel home from study abroad programs
  • Flight or travel costs for students who had planned to remain on campus or were staying locally, but who incurred unexpected travel costs when they were required to depart to home
  • Costs of travel to campus to retrieve personal property left behind in campus housing
  • Certain instances of lost employment from off campus jobs if the student was forced to leave their job and return home.

Applications for support for expenses related to disruption of campus operations incurred during summer terms I and II may be submitted beginning June 1, 2020.

CARES Act funding is not available to replace lost income for individuals due to employment changes not connected to disruption of campus operations. Families with changes in employment income should complete a Special Circumstances Form and submit it, with documentation to Student Financial Services for consideration under Professional Judgement rules for financial aid.

Please note: The IRS has confirmed that Emergency Grant Aid provided to students under the CARES Act is not considered taxable income.

CARES Act funding is not available to students who are no longer enrolled at Puget Sound.

To allow us to deliver CARE Acts funds to you as quickly as possible, we strongly encourage you to set up an eRefund Profile in Bill + Payment if you haven’t already done so. 

SFS CARES Act Emergency Funding Request

SFS CARES Act Emergency Funding Request

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