CARES Act COVID-19 Emergency Funding Program

Are you a Union student who has experienced financial hardships due to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic? You may qualify for federal CARES Act aid, 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 a degree-seeking student and actively enrolled at Union when you submit 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.

Students who are not eligible to submit a FAFSA are not eligible for CARES Act funding. However, Union has multiple sources of emergency funding for students who may not qualify under the CARES Act. Because of this, we are still encouraging all students with financial need due to COVID-19 to apply for funding using this application.  Your award may be granted under a different program.


What is the deadline to apply?

Applications will be reviewed and approved on a rolling basis. Students enrolling for the September Pre-session can apply beginning Monday, August 31st.  Students starting the academic year in October can apply beginning Friday, September 25th.

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). We are doing everything we can to accommodate additional funding requests from eligible students. However, in an attempt to assist as may students as possible, priority will be given to those who have not yet received either an Emergency COVID Assistance or Union CARES grant. Any additional awards will be issued based on availability of funds.

What kinds of expenses qualify?

CARES Act funds are intended to cover costs related to campus disruptions stemming from COVID-19 that might disrupt your education, such as childcare expenses, course materials, unexpected housing/rent expenses, food/groceries, tuition, utilities, healthcare or technology needs.  Funds awarded do not require repayment.

Expenses not covered include, non-essential household items, credit card bills, car payments, parking tickets, entertainment, and non-essential travel.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions or need more information, email finaid@utsnyc.edu.  

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