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CARES Act Emergency Grants

Morehead State University has received funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide emergency grants to students who are eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid. Students who were enrolled in a graduate program or 100% online classes prior to March 13, 2020, are not eligible to receive a CARES Act emergency grant. The emergency grants are meant to help students pay for COVID-19 related expenses, including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

The University aims to assist as many students as possible in meeting their emergency financial needs during this challenging time. We are all here to support you.

The University’s Office of Financial Aid is working closely with the Office of Accounting & Financial Services to coordinate the disbursement of the CARES Act emergency grants to students who qualify.

To learn if you are eligible to receive a CARES Act emergency grant you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you have not yet completed one.

If you are notified you are not eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid or if you were enrolled in a graduate program or 100% in online classes for the Spring 2020 semester prior to March 13, 2020, then you will not be eligible to receive a CARES Act emergency grant. If you are in need of assistance related to COVID-19 expenses please go to www.moreheadstate.edu/sharefund to apply for for funds from the University’s Student Hardship Assistance Resource Emergency (SHARE) fund.


STUDENTS ELIGBLE FOR PELL GRANT FUNDS

If you received a Pell Grant for the Spring 2020 semester, were not enrolled in a graduate program or 100% online classes for the Spring 2020 semester prior to March 13, 2020, and you are not graduating at the end of the Spring 2020 semester then, you will need to log into your MyMoreheadState account, select the Self-Service Link and then select Financial Aid to accept the offered amount. By accepting the offer you will be certifying that you had expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus equal to the amount of your award. If you had expenses that exceeded the initial award amount, please complete the CARES Act Emergency Grants Application to apply for additional grant funds. 

If you graduated with a bachelor’s degree you are not eligible to receive CARES Act Emergency grant funds. However, if you were enrolled for the Spring 2020 semester, are enrolled for the Fall 2020 semester and are in need of assistance related to COVID-19 expenses, you may apply for funds from the University’s Student Hardship Assistance Resource Emergency (SHARE) fund by completing the application at the bottom of the page located at https://www.moreheadstate.edu/Student-Affairs/Eagle-Essentials/SHARE-Fund-Application.  Please be sure to list amounts in the appropriate categories on the application
 

STUDENTS NOT ELIGBLE FOR PELL GRANT FUNDS

If you did NOT receive a Pell Grant award during the Spring 2020 semester but you are eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid then as long as you were not enrolled in a graduate program or 100% online classes for the Spring 2020 semester prior to March 13, 2020, you should be eligible to receive CARES Act Emergency grant funds. You will need to complete the CARES Act Emergency Grants Application to apply for the grant. CARES Act Emergency Grant funds are limited and will be distributed on a first come basis.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocates funds to support individuals and businesses/organizations affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. The Act includes several sources of funds for colleges and universities, including the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

The U.S. Department of Education announced on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, that it is limiting this funding to students who are eligible to receive federal financial aid and are enrolled in a program that met on-campus prior to the transition to online classes due to COVID-19. Under these guidelines, students who are not eligible for federal student financial aid under Title IV, international students, and students enrolled in graduate programs or exclusively in an online program are not eligible to receive funding.

In addition to this guidance, the United States Department of Education has also requested that universities give priority to students with the greatest financial need when distributing the CARES Act emergency grants. In keeping with this guidance, the University will be earmarking a portion of the funds received to be reserved for continuing students who were eligible to receive Pell Grant funds.

Continuing students who were eligible to receive Pell Grant funds will be automatically notified by the Office of Financial Aid of the amount of CARES Act emergency grant money available to them. Students must log in to their MyMoreheadState account, select the Self-Service Link and then select Financial Aid to accept their offered amount, therefore, certifying that they had expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

Title IV eligible students who are not automatically notified of CARES Act emergency grant money available to them, but who have extraordinary COVID-19 related expenses, will also have the opportunity to apply for COVID-19 assistance by completing this CARES Act Emergency Grants Application. The application identifies common costs that are eligible for CARES Act emergency grant funding.

If funding is approved, the grant funds will be disbursed to your student account. If you have not already signed up for Direct Deposit, please log in to MyMoreheadState and select the Self-Service Link. Select Banking Information and Add an Account. Then select Activate by the Refund, Reimbursement & Payment Deposit Option to access the screen to enter your banking information. Disbursements from this fund will not be applied to an outstanding balance on your student account.

If funding is approved, the grant funds will be disbursed to your student account. If you have not already signed up for Direct Deposit, please log in to MyMoreheadState and select the Self-Service Link:

  • Select "Banking Information" and "Add an Account." 
  • Then select "Activate" beside the "Refund, Reimbursement & Payment Deposit" option to access the screen to enter your banking information.
  • Disbursements from this fund will not be applied to an outstanding balance on your student account.
Once Morehead State University receives funding from the U.S. Department of Education, we will move to fund Pell eligible students as quickly as possible. Because funds have not yet been received, we cannot reliably provide a timeline for funding. You can help the Office of Financial Aid by responding to all requests for explanation and documentation as quickly as possible.
If funding is approved, the grant funds will be disbursed to your student account. If you have not already signed up for Direct Deposit, please log in to MyMoreheadState and select the Self-Service Link. Select Banking Information and Add an Account. Then select Activate by the Refund, Reimbursement & Payment Deposit Option to access the screen to enter your banking information. Disbursements from this fund will not be applied to an outstanding balance on your student account.
 
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