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CARES Act Funding FAQ

What can I do if I need assistance but I am not eligible for CARES funds?

The College has worked with alumni, friends and families to raise money for emergency funding for our students who have financial needs arising from the disruption created by Covid 19. Students are eligible for one time awards of up to $500. You can learn more about the fund and complete an application for the Student Emergency Relief Fund on the Student Affairs website.

Do I need to complete a FAFSA?

While the CARES Act does not specify students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the only way for Ithaca College to determine if a student has met the Section 484 requirements is by reviewing each student’s 2019-20 FAFSA on file as of the date we began distributing award offers (May 11, 2020).

What type of expenses are covered by the CARES Act Emergency Funding?

CARES Act funds can be awarded to students for “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.” This may include items such as rent, food, utilities, school related technology and/or supplies (e.g., internet, tutoring, computer issues, etc.), or healthcare needs (e.g., medication, counseling related to Covid 19 etc.). Funds cannot be used for replacement of lost income.

Do I need to be meeting satisfactory academic progress (SAP) requirements to receive funds?

Yes, to be considered for CARES Act funding, you must meet the minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.

Am I guaranteed to receive CARES Act funding if I submit an individual appeal or file a FAFSA late?

No. Funding is limited. Grants will be made as long as funds are available.

I received an initial CARES Act grant but I have additional qualifying expenses. Can I submit an appeal to receive more funding?

Yes, as long as funding remains available. However, the maximum additional grant made to any student who makes an appeal is $500.

I have an outstanding balance on my student account. can these funds be applied to that balance?

No, these funds must be provided directly to the student. Even with your approval we cannot use these funds to apply to outstanding charges.

Will CARES Act Funds affect other aid I receive?

No, CARES Act funds will not reduce your financial aid package.

Can DACA or International Students receive CARES Act Funding?

No, international and undocumented students are not eligible for CARES Act funding. However I if you have financial needs related to the disruption created by Covid 19 you can apply for financial assistance through the Student Emergency Relief Fund.

Is the money I receive through the CARES Act taxable?

No, according to the IRS Website they are considered disaster relief payments and are not taxable.