CARES Relief Fund

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), CARES Act, was created to provide assistance to eligible Millersville University students whose lives have been impacted by COVID-19. These funds are available to assist students with educational costs such as food, housing, course materials, technology expenses, health care, and childcare during these uncertain times.

Millersville University has had two rounds of funding, referred to as CARES 1 (for the past Spring 2020 semester) and CARES 2 (for currently enrolled students).  Students who were ineligible for CARES 1 may be eligible for CARES 2 and should complete an application.


Thank you for your interest in the CARES Relief Fund.

  • Applications for the CARES 2 Relief Fund are now being accepted.
  • Applications for the CARES 1 Relief Fund have been closed.
  • Students who received an award from the first round of CARES funding, CARES 1, must submit a new application to be considered for the CARES 2 Relief Fund.
If you are in need of additional assistance, please contact the Office of Financial Aid via email at or you may call us at 717-871-5100 to speak with someone during our customer service hours on Tuesday and Thursday between 9am and 3pm.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Am I guaranteed additional money if I fill out an application?

    The Office of Financial Aid will continue to award students who meet all the required eligibility requirements, until the available funds received from the Department of Education have been depleted.

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  • If I applied for CARES 1, do I need to apply for CARES 2?

    YES. Eligibility for CARES 2 can only be determined once we have a CARES 2 Relief Fund application on file. Previous applications will not be used for consideration.

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  • I did not receive a CARES 1 award for the Spring 2020 semester. Can I receive CARES 2?

    Students who were determined as ineligible to receive CARES 1 may be eligible for CARES 2. All students are encouraged to apply for CARES 2, regardless of their previous eligibility status.

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  • Why would I be ineligible to receive CARES 2?

    The main reasons a student may be ineligible for CARES 2 include their enrollment status, citizenship status, and/or their ability to demonstrate exceptional financial need.

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  • What is "exceptional need"?

    Eligibility for CARES 2 is dependent upon a demonstration of “exceptional [financial] need”.  Millersville University currently uses the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA to determine students who fit within the exceptional need parameters. Students who did not complete a FAFSA may not be eligible for an award. For more information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

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  • What is the timeline for applications to be reviewed?

    Please allow 7-10 business days for your application to be reviewed. You will receive an email to your Millersville email address if you have been awarded.

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  • How long will it take to receive the funds?

    Once you have received an email regarding your award, please allow 5-7 business days for the Office of Student Accounts (OSA) to process your fund.

    For students signed up for Direct Deposit:

    • Refunds will appear in your bank account on file within 3-5 business days from the date your refund is processed with OSA.

    For students not signed up for Direct Deposit:

    • Refunds will be mailed to your home address on file and can take up to two weeks to be received. 

    To ensure that funds reach you as quickly as possible, please make sure to sign up for Direct Deposit. If you have already signed up, log in to your account to make sure your information is correct. 

    Sign up for direct deposit!

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  • I am not eligible to apply for the CARES Relief Fund. Are there any other resources for me to apply?

    While you may not qualify for the CARES Relief Fund, we encourage you to apply for Millersville University's EPPIIC Compassion Fund.

    • The EPPIIC Compassion Fund is intended for students facing undue financial hardship from COVID-19 and in need of support and emergency assistance.
    • All full-time, currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate students in good standing* with the University are eligible to apply for support from the Millersville University EPPIIC Student Compassion Fund.
      • *Good standing refers to having at least a 2.0 GPA and not being on academic suspension or behavioral probation or suspension or having outstanding fines.


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