CARES Relief Fund Eligibility Requirements
CARES Relief Fund
The CARES Relief Fund is intended for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, etc.).
Millersville University has had three rounds of funding: CARES 1 Relief Fund, as was established by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund - CARES Act of 2020 and CARES 2 Relief Fund, as was established by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) of 2021, and the CARES 3 Relief Fund was established as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP).
Please see below for the specific eligibility requirements for each round of CARES:
CARES Relief 3 Eligibility
To be considered for assistance from the CARES 3 Relief Fund, as was established by the American Rescue Plan (ARP) of 2021, Millersville University students must meet the following criteria:
- Have been enrolled for at least 1 credit hour at any point from March 13th, 2020 and later.
- Demonstrate financial need.
Applicants no longer need to be u.s. citizens or have a fafsa on file
- Eligible students include: U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, Non-citizens, International Students, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Students
- Even if you were ineligible for CARES 1 and/or CARES 2, we highly encourage you to apply for CARES 3 due to eligibility changes!
CARES Relief 2 Eligibility
To be considered for assistance from the CARES 2 Relief Fund, as was established by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) of 2021, Millersville University students must meet the following criteria:
- Be currently enrolled at Millersville University, for at least 1 credit hour, at the time the application is submitted;
- Be a US citizen or national, a permanent resident, or an eligible noncitizen;
- Must demonstrate exceptional financial need
Please note: Eligibility for the CARES 1 Relief Fund does not guarantee eligibility for CARES 2.
CARES 1 Relief Eligibility
To be considered for assistance from the CARES 1 Relief Fund, as was established by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund - CARES Act of 2020, Millersville University students must meet the following criteria:
- Be a student who was transitioned from in-class instruction to online instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
- Be a student who was enrolled in the 2020 spring semester;
- Have a complete 2019-2020 FAFSA on file;
- Be eligible for Title IV as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Be enrolled in a degree, certificate or other recognized educational credential (including a program of study abroad approved for credit by the eligible institution at which such student is enrolled)--that is, a regular student under 34 CFR 600.2);
- Be a U.S citizen or national, a permanent resident, or an eligible noncitizen;
- Have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent;
- Have Selective Service registration verified (the Title IV aid ineligibility for failure to register is in the Selective Service Act §3811(f));
- Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations;
- Be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined by the institution;
- Not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants;
- Not be in default on a Title IV loan;
- File with the Department of Education “if required as part of the original financial aid application process” a certification (Statement of Educational Purpose) that includes:
- A statement of educational purpose, and
- The student’s Social Security Number (SSN);
- Have returned any fraudulently obtained Title IV funds, if the student is convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges;
- Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits;
- Have repaid any Title IV loan overpayment amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits, if obtained inadvertently.