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CARES Act

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

The federal government recently announced the distribution of emergency cash grants to college students whose lives and education have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • This funding is available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 
  • These funds are designed to assist with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic. These include expenses such as housing, food, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care.
  • All requests for aid must go through SEU. (You cannot apply for assistance directly from the U.S. Department of Education.)
  • Learn more about the CARES Act here. 

CARES Act Funds Criteria

Southeastern University will be distributing this money to students based on need and a variety of factors. In order to determine your eligibility for grant funds, please complete the form below no later than May 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Per the Department of Education, in order to be eligible for consideration for funding, the student must:

How to Apply

To locate the application form, log in to the JICS system, click on the Student tab at the top, and then the CARES Act link on the left hand side.

FAQs

Q. How do I apply?

To locate the application form, log in to the JICS system, click on the Student tab at the top, and then the CARES Act link on the left hand side.

Q. How will I know if I qualify for a distribution?

Once you submit your form, you can expect to receive an email by June 5 with further information. Be sure to monitor your SEU email for this information.

Q. If I do qualify, how will I know how much money I will receive?

The amount you receive will depend on multiple factors, including the number of students who apply for aid, so we will not have a calculation available until after the form submission deadline. You will receive an email by June 5 with further information. Be sure to monitor your SEU email for this information, as you will not be contacted by phone.

Q. If I do qualify for a distribution, how will I receive it?

If you qualify, you will receive your funds via electronic deposit (ACH). You will be prompted in the application to provide your bank routing and account number. If banking information is blank or inaccurate, a paper check will be mailed to you. Mailing a paper check may add up to 2 weeks to the distribution of your funds.

Q. I just graduated this spring (2020). Can I still apply for grant funding under CARES?

Yes. Please be sure to submit your application within JICS no later than 11:59 p.m. on May 31.

Q. How will I know if I am Title IV aid eligible?

General eligibility requirements for Title IV aid include that you are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, and are enrolled in an eligible degree program at Southeastern University. Other basic eligibility criteria can be found here.

Q. When is the last day to apply for CARES Act aid?

The application form (within JICS) is due no later than May 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Q. Is SEU funding this grant?

No. This funding is available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. SEU will distribute these funds to eligible students who have a demonstrated financial need as indicated by their application form.

Q. If I am not sure if I qualify for aid, should I still apply?

Yes. Please use the form within JICS, which will allow you to notate the type of hardship(s) you have encountered due to the pandemic. Your account will then be reviewed and you will be contacted via email if you are eligible to receive funds.

Q. How did SEU develop student eligibility criteria for this grant?

We followed guidance from the U.S. Department of Education so as to maintain accordance with all applicable laws.

Q. If I am not eligible for Cares Act funding, what other resources are available for me?

Students who do not meet the eligibility requirement for CARES Act funding may contact Student Financial Services at sfs@seu.edu to see if other resources are available.

Q. Which types of expenses are covered by CARES Act funding?

CARES Act funds are designed to assist with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, such as housing, food, course materials, technology, healthcare and child care.

Q. I’m having trouble logging in to JICS. What should I do?

If you need to reset your password, visit JICS and click Forgot Password and follow the prompts. For additional needs, please contact the IT Help Desk at helpdesk@seu.edu.

Q. Will I have to pay back any money I receive from CARES?

No. Any money you receive from the CARES Act is a federal emergency grant that is not required to be repaid.

Q: Do I have to have been enrolled full-time in order to qualify?

You may still apply for funding if you were enrolled in face to face courses this spring semester. However, the allocation amount will be at a reduced amount for students who were not enrolled full-time. All other eligibility requirements must still be met.

Q. Why aren’t online students eligible for funds?

SEU is following the requirements provided by the U.S. Department of Education, which stipulate: “Students exclusively enrolled in online programs before March 13th are not eligible.”

Q. Who can I contact with questions?

Please note that we will not be able to confirm your eligibility or determine the aid amount you may receive until after all applications have been submitted and reviewed. Please submit your application within the JICS system before the May 31 deadline so that we have all of the information needed to process your request.

Q: If I receive CARES Act relief funds, can these funds be applied directly to my SEU student account?

Per Department of Education guidance, SEU is not able to apply CARES Act relief funds directly to your student account.

Q. Is money I receive from this grant considered income for tax purposes?

No. According to the IRS, this money will not be includible in your gross income. Learn more here.

Q. Where can I find the report that the university is required to submit to the Department of Education regarding the CARES Act funding?

Since the Department of Education’s reporting portal is not yet ready, institutions are required to post a series of reporting elements on their websites. You can find SEU’s report here.

How to Apply

To locate the application form, log in to the JICS system, click on the Student tab at the top, and then the CARES Act link on the left hand side.