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:
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.
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.