CARES Act COVID-19 Emergency Funding Program
Are you a Union student who has experienced financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic? You may qualify for an emergency CARES Act grant, which provides emergency funding for college students.
What is the CARES Act?
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities Act (CARES Act) is federal legislation providing financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. One part of this federal program allocates money to Union Theological Seminary, and a portion of that allocation is to be awarded to students who are experiencing financial hardships due to the coronavirus.
Who can apply for CARES Act funds?
You must be currently enrolled in classes at Union at the time of your application to be eligible for an award. You must also have a 2020-2021 FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid. Federal guidelines indicate students must have demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act (HEA), which is determined via the FAFSA..
Guidance for International students
Union has arranged for emergency funding for international students under a separate program. Because of this, we encourage all students with financial need due to COVID-19 to apply for funding using the same application. International students are not expected to submit a FAFSA.
What is the deadline to apply?
Applications will be reviewed and approved on a rolling basis. Please remember that you must be currently enrolled in classes at the time of your application.
I was previously awarded funds through the Union Emergency COVID Assistance Fund. Can I reapply for fall?
Yes, you may apply for additional Union Emergency COVID Assistance and/or CARES Act funds if you have not yet reached the maximum award amount ($1,000).
What kinds of expenses qualify?
You may use your emergency grants towards the following expenses:
- any component of your cost of attendance, including tuition, health insurance, fees and living expenses
- emergency costs that arise due to the pandemic, such as:
unexpected loss of income
need to quarantine
Expenses not covered include, non-essential household items, credit card bills, car payments, parking tickets, entertainment, and non-essential travel.
Note: Due to the difficulty of obtaining documentation, receipts are no longer required. However, we encourage you to submit supporting documentation if you have receipts available and believe they will support your request.
How much can I apply for?
The maximum grant amount is $1,000. However, we have a limited amount of funds available to assist as many students as possible. Funds will be distributed on a case-by-case basis.
How do I apply?
Please complete the online application form to request funding and submit supporting documentation. To confirm your eligibility for funding, the Office of Financial Aid must have a copy of your FAFSA on file. If you have not already submitted your FAFSA for the current academic year, you must file the FAFSA online or via the myStudentAid app on IOS or Android. Please use G02890 as your school code.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this a loan? Does the money need to be repaid?
No, this is a grant that does not need repaid.
Would this funding reduce my financial aid?
No, these funds will not reduce or replace financial aid.
I have never applied for financial aid. Can I still apply for CARES funding?
Yes, you may still apply for CARES funding. However, for the CARES administrators to confirm your eligibility to receive TITLE IV funds, please submit a FAFSA application as soon as possible at fafsa.gov. If you need assistance, please contact Melissa Desravines at email@example.com.
I submitted my application. When will I hear back?
It generally takes 5-7 days for us to process your application. Once you receive notification that your request is approved, please plan for an additional 7-10 days for your payment to be processed.
I was awarded CARES Act funding. Will I have to report it on my 2020 taxes?
No. The IRS recently announced emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act are not taxable and should not be included in gross income. Additionally, you cannot claim any deduction or credit for expenses paid with the grant. For more information, visit the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CARES Act webpage.
What additional resources are available if I need access to food?
If you have questions or need more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARES Act Emergency Funding Program 30-Day Report
Union Theological Seminary (Union) has received funding under the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. Union is required to post a regular allocation summary and grant reports.View the 30-day Report