CARES Act Emergency Funds
Sentara College of Health Sciences will award more than $178,000 dollars in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds, with individual grants ranging from $300 to $800. Funds will be granted to eligible students enrolled during the Spring 2020 term who experienced disruption of campus operations due to or related to the coronavirus. Emergency grants will be distributed based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as reported in FAFSA documents and based on criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education. Students not eligible to receive CARES Act funding and who are experiencing unexpected financial hardships due to COVID-19 or unexpected emergencies may contact the following offices for additional support:
Center for Student Success
Office of Financial Aid
Student Eligibility for CARES ACT Emergency Funds
Must be an active student and must have been enrolled during the Spring 2020 semester
Must be eligible to receive Title IV eligible with a valid FAFSA on file
Must not be in default or owe an overpayment to a federal aid program
Must meet the college’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy
Cannot be enrolled 100% in online classes for the Spring 2020 semester before March 13, 2020
Funding from the federal CARES Act, Section 18004, Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, allows institutions to evaluate students for federal emergency financial aid grants. Emergency Relief Grant funding is limited to students who meet eligibility criteria. Federal Emergency Relief Grant funding will not likely meet your complete financial needs. These funds are a one-time grant and are not renewable. The following are considered expenses under a student's cost of attendance, related to the disruption of university operations due to COVID-19 by the Department of Education:
Campus Housing: Expenses related to paying rent for off-campus housing, or to reimburse housing costs and living expenses due to relocation.
Food: Expenses related to buying groceries, or to reimburse meal costs associated with finding noninstitutional alternatives.
Moving/Shipping: Expenses associated with the closure of residence halls, such as moving, shipping, and storage fees.
Technology: Expenses related to the purchase of technology needs for distance learning, not limited to computers, printers, software, and internet access.
Transportation: Expenses related to unexpected transportation costs (e.g., returning from study-abroad, moving off campus, returning home) or prepaid bus, subway, or commuter rail passes.
Next Steps & Notification of Award
Students who are eligible to receive CARES Act emergency grants will be notified via email. By accepting the funds, students are confirming they incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.