Update: Distribution of federal CARES Act grants

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Dear Students,

We are writing to inform you of our plans to distribute CARES Act emergency grants.  The U.S. Department of Education recently issued guidance on distribution of these emergency grants to students, requiring that all recipients be Title IV eligible. 

This means that students must have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application for the 2019-20 academic year.  (www.fafsa.gov)

To satisfy the Department of Education's guidance, we will only be issuing grants to students who have met the Title IV eligibility requirements by completing a FAFSA and have satisfied all outstanding requirements related to completing a FAFSA.

Completing a FAFSA does not mean a student has to be in receipt of financial aid.  A completed FAFSA is one that fully determines a student's eligibility for a Pell Grant, including the federal Expected Family Contribution calculation.

In addition, the following students will not be eligible for the CARES Act emergency grants:

  • Students exclusively enrolled in non-credit courses
  • CSCU employees attending classes for free and students on dependent waivers. (Student workers remain eligible
  • Second Chance Pell students
  • High School Partnership/Dual Enrollment students
  • Undocumented, DACA, International students

We plan to begin issuing payments to eligible students next week.  If you have not already done so, please sign up for Direct Deposit to expedite distribution of funds at https://my.commnet.edu