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CARES Act FAQs

Find information on Brandman University's eligibility requirements and application process for the CARES Act funding.

Brandman University has received funds totaling $1,196,618 -- of which $ 598,309 is for student grants -- from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by the U. S. Congress in March 2020. As part of the CARES Act, the Department of Education created the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). CARES Act funding is to assist students impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides assistance “for the sole and exclusive purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.” This funding cannot be used to cover tuition.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Enrolled at Brandman University during Spring 1, Spring 2, Summer 1 or Summer 2
  • Registered for at least 1 unit during that enrollment period
  • Students living in California, Washington or enrolled in the EdD or DNP programs. Eligibility criteria include expenses related to the move from on-ground to online. CA, WA, EdD and DNP students could all have an on-ground component to their courses
  • A U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Maintaining satisfactory academic progress
  • Not owe a refund on grants received by a Title IV institution of higher education
  • Not be in default on a Perkins loan or any Title IV loan, and
  • Not be convicted of a drug-related offense while receiving financial aid

Approved Expenses:

  • Technology (computer, hardware, software, internet access etc.)
  • COVID-19 related healthcare expenses for self or family members

Allocation and Distribution:

Students must complete the CARES Act Emergency Grant Application and sign indicating the information provided is accurate.

Completed applications must be received no later than September 11, 2020 in order to be considered for funding.

  • Individual awards will range from $300 to $1,000
  • Funding is limited, and will be awarded based on the submission date of the application and a review of identified need and eligibility
  • Students must meet the eligibility requirements (see above)
  • All CARES Act payments will be made by paper check
  • To ensure timely delivery of the paper check, students must verify their address on file to ensure it is correct and up to date. To do so, students must log into Brandman University’s Self Service portal and click on “Personal Information”, then click on “Update Addresses and Phones” and then update the “Mailing Address”, if needed
  • Cares Act Funding disbursements to eligible students will begin the week of September 28, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

Who is eligible?

Students enrolled at Brandman University during Spring 1, Spring 2, Summer 1 or Summer 2. Students living in California or Washington, or those enrolled in the EdD or DNP programs and eligible for financial aid.

If I did not complete a FAFSA for 2019-2020, can I still apply?

Yes, but you must complete a new FAFSA and submit it to Brandman University.

Do I need to apply to receive CARES Act aid?

Yes, you will need to apply no later than September 11, 2020 in order to receive CARES Act aid. The CARES Act Emergency Grant Application can be found here.

What if I need more emergency funding?

Brandman University has received funds totaling $1,196,618 of which $ 598,309 is for student grants from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by the U. S. Congress in March 2020. Due to the limited aid amount, CARES Act student aid awards will range from $300 to $1,000, depending on the number of eligible students qualifying for the funds. Students who know they may need CARES Act funds are encouraged to apply promptly. Generally, a single award is given to each applicant selected based on the submission date of the application and a review of identified need and eligibility. Students who know they may need more funding should contact their One Stop Specialist for a review of your financing options.

Are undocumented students eligible?

No. Receipt of CARES Act funds is limited to U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens. To receive a student aid award under the CARES Act, the student must be eligible to receive federal student aid under Title IV of the HEA. To be eligible for student aid under Title IV, students must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen. To see more information on who qualifies as an eligible non-citizen visit: https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/eligibility/requirements/non-us-citizens.

Are students who withdrew from classes eligible?

Students must be enrolled in at least one credit at Brandman University in the semester in which they are applying to receive an emergency financial aid grant.

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