CARES Act Funding

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Updates

Update 6/25/2020: 2nd CARES Act Report
  1. As of June 18, 2020, Concordia University Texas has distributed $660,700 in aid to students.
  2. The estimated total of eligible students to receive aid: 1,285
  3. The total number of students who received aid: 828
  4. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
    Students in three categories received automatic disbursements because they were disproportionately impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19: Pell recipients; students who lived in on-campus housing; and students with meal plans. Students who were eligible but fell outside of these three groups were asked to apply online.
  5. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
    Students’ CARES Act award letters stated: “Funding distributed under the CARES Act requires that these funds be used expressly to offset costs related to the disruption to your education in the Spring 2020 semester. Items that can covered by these funds include: food, housing, course materials, technology needs, health care, and child care.” Additional information re: student eligibility was included in the letter and on our website.
Update 6/3/2020: CTX DOE CARES Act Report

Concordia University Texas
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

  1. Concordia University Texas has signed and returned our Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education and will use half of the total award for emergency relief aid grants to students.
  2. Concordia University Texas has received $756,265.
  3. As of June 2, 2020, Concordia University Texas has distributed $501,400 in aid to students.
  4. The estimated total of eligible students to receive aid: 1,285
  5. The total number of students who received aid: 532
  6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
    Students in three categories received automatic disbursements because they were disproportionately impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19: Pell recipients; students who lived in on-campus housing; and students with meal plans. Students who were eligible but fell outside of these three groups were asked to apply online.
  7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
    Students’ CARES Act award letters stated: “Funding distributed under the CARES Act requires that these funds be used expressly to offset costs related to the disruption to your education in the Spring 2020 semester. Items that can covered by these funds include: food, housing, course materials, technology needs, health care, and child care.” Additional information re: student eligibility was included in the letter and on our website.
Update 5/29/20: CARES Act Funding

On May 21, the U.S. Department of Education issued additional guidance on CARES Act student eligibility. The original guidance stated that all students must be Title IV eligible. Because Title IV eligibility requires that students who receive federal aid are currently enrolled at their university, Concordia was awaiting additional guidance before administering CARES Act funding to students who were enrolled in the spring semester but graduated in May 2020 (and would not technically be enrolled at the time of receiving funds).

After this latest clarification, Concordia revised our eligibility criteria to include spring graduates. Eligible students who were enrolled in the spring and graduated will receive an email on June 1, 2020 with information about their grant disbursement.


What is CARES Act Funding?

Concordia University Texas was awarded $1.5 million through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. We are required to distribute half of the award, $756,000, to eligible students impacted by disruption of on-campus instruction because of COVID-19.

The goal of this funding is to help relieve the financial burden on students caused by COVID-19-related campus disruption. A CARES Act committee comprising the CTX Dean of Students, Director of Student Financial Services, Director of Student Financial Planning, Senior Accountant, and Director of Foundation and Government Relations developed a process to distribute grants to students as soon as possible.

Who is eligible to receive funding?

Students who are eligible for Title IV funding and have expenses related directly to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 are eligible to receive funding. Eligible expenses can include food, housing, childcare, course materials, technology, and health care.

Student eligibility requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (i.e., eligible to receive federal Title IV aid).
  • Be (or have been) enrolled in a degree-seeking program for Spring 2020.
  • Not have been enrolled in fully online program for the spring semester on or prior to March 13, 2020.
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe an overpayment on any federal grant.
  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if required).
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale.

Who will receive funding?

The CARES Act committee identified three groups of students who are particularly vulnerable to and affected by campus disruptions related to COVID-19 during the spring 2020 semester:

  • Students who received Pell grants.
  • Students living on campus with meal plans who were displaced in mid-March due to COVID-19.
  • Commuter students with meal plans during the spring 2020 semester that were canceled due to COVID-19.

We understand that there are eligible students outside of these three groups who have been adversely impacted by campus disruptions caused by COVID-19. If you received an email of eligibility on May 18 and do not fall into one of the three categories above, please submit the CARES ACT Application. If you did not receive an email and feel that you meet the eligibility requirements as listed, please apply through the link below/email Student Central and we will follow up with you.

Funding amounts

  • $1,000 – Undergraduate students who received Pell grant funding in the spring of 2020.
  • $800 – Undergraduate students who are NOT Pell recipients (and meet the eligibility requirements listed above), lived on campus in the spring 2020 and were displaced due to COVID-19.
  • $500 – Undergraduate students who are not Pell recipients (and meet the eligibility requirements listed above) and had a commuter meal plan in the spring of 2020 that was canceled due to COVID-19.
  • Up to $500 – All other students who are not Pell recipients (and meet the eligibility requirements listed above), and have expenses related to campus disruption due to COVID-19 in the spring of 2020, until funds are exhausted.
  • Please note: Students who were enrolled in a fully online program prior to the emergency declaration on March 13, 2020 are not eligible for CARES Act funds.

How do I apply?

Eligible students will receive an email on May 18, 2020 if they meet the eligibility criteria listed above. If you did not receive an email and feel that you meet the eligibility requirements as listed, please apply through the link below/email Student Central and we will follow up with you.

Students who are 1) Pell-recipients, 2) lived on-campus, or 3) had commuter meal plan in the spring of 2020 do not need to apply. You’re eligible for an automatic cash grant of the amount listed above.

Students who are eligible but do not fall into one of the three categories above must submit an online application for an emergency grant up to $500. These grants will be given out on a weekly, first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted.

How and when will I get my money?

ALL eligible students should input or update their direct deposit information through MyInfo by Friday, May 22, 2020.  Instructions on how to do so are online.  If we do not have direct deposit information on file, we will send a check to your permanent address. Please verify that your address information in your MyInfo account is correct as well.

For students receiving automatic disbursements: Cash grants will be direct deposited into your bank account by May 29, 2020. If we do not have your bank account information, a check will be mailed to your address on file on May 29, 2020 (and received after this date). Funds may take 1-3 business days to appear in your bank account.

For students submitting an online application: We will review applications, approve grant requests, and disburse funds weekly.

Is my grant taxable?

This funding is not taxable by the IRS. Please refer to the IRS website for additional information.

Contact Information

If you have questions about your eligibility or application, please contact Student Central at studentcentral@concordia.edu or visit the Student Central web page.