Application and Requirements
Students experiencing expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 are encouraged to apply for the Federal CARES Act Emergency Grant. The application is available on MyUI. Students will need their HawkID and password to log in to MyUI.
To be considered for assistance, students must be eligible for Title IV (federal) aid and must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to verify eligibility. Students who have not filed the FAFSA should do so immediately. Students are encouraged to consider all resources, including federal loans, when developing plans to meet educational expenses.
Students applying for the CARES Act Emergency Grant must be experiencing a financial hardship related to COVID-19. Circumstances that created the financial hardship and additional expenses could include, but would not be limited to, the following:
- Loss of job or reduction in work hours for student or parent.
- Healthcare expenses
- Technology expenses
- Childcare expenses
Students may need assistance paying for any or all of the following expenses related to the disruption of campus operations:
- Unexpected healthcare expenses
Students are encouraged to submit the application as soon as possible as funds are limited. The following factors may be used when reviewing applications for funding:
- Submission date of the application
- UI GPA. Priority consideration will be given to students with a GPA of 2.0 or higher
- Financial need based on the FAFSA
- Federal Direct Stafford (subsidized/unsubsidized) loan usage
Applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Submitting an application does not guarantee approval of the requested funds. Due to the volume of applications, the review may take up to two weeks. Once the review is complete, students will receive an email to their UI email account regarding the grant eligibility. Funds will be disbursed to the direct deposit account listed in MyUI within 2-3 business days. If no direct deposit account is listed, a check will be mailed to the residing address listed in MyUI and can take up to 2-3 weeks to arrive. Students are encouraged to set up direct deposit in MyUI if they have not done so already.
Students graduating in spring 2020 and who are not continuing on to graduate or professional school at the University of Iowa will need to complete their application by May 22nd, 2020 to be considered for any CARES Act Emergency Grant funds.
The following student groups are not eligible for consideration for the CARES Act Emergency Grant, but can apply for assistance through the Dean of Students Emergency Fund:
- Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents
- Students not enrolled in a degree or eligible certificate program
- Students who were enrolled exclusively in an online program at the start of the spring 2020 semester