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CARES Act Student Emergency Funding

As of March 1, 2021, St. Francis College has exhausted all student emergency relief funding allocated through the original CARES Act. All student emergency grants will now be funded through the supplemental Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. Information on this webpage remains posted for compliance purposes.

To be eligible, student must:

  • Have a completed 2020-2021 and/or 2019-2020 FAFSA and be in academic good standing (meet Title IV eligibility)
  • Be a U.S citizen or eligible non-citizen

Students who are international, undocumented, or were enrolled exclusively online on or before March 13, 2020 are not eligible for CARES Act emergency grants.

CARES Act grants can only be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, including, but not necessarily limited to, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

About the CARES Act

Signed into law on March 27, 2020, the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) includes aid to assist higher education institutions in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) includes aid for students and institutions. Colleges must use at least 50 percent of awarded funds for emergency financial aid grants to students.

St. Francis College was allocated $2,673,260 in CARES Act funding from the U.S. Department of Education. At least $1,336,630 of this allocation must be awarded for emergency financial aid grants to students. This allocation was determined using a federal formula based on the total student enrollment and is weighted for the number of Pell grant eligible students. In accordance with federal guidelines, SFC signed and returned to the USDOE the Certification and Agreement regarding these funds and our goal is to assist students with the greatest needs and assist as many students as possible. The maximum award from the CARES Act reflects the maximum awards given through the Terrier for Terrier Emergency Relief Fund.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many student will receive CARES Act grants?

The final number of students who receive a grant will be determined by the number of students who complete applications. A maximum grant amount of up to $1000 will be awarded, depending on the student's financial circumstances.

Are students who just graduated eligible?

Yes, if they incurred expenses during the Spring 2020 semester related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.

How quickly can students receive CARES grants?

Students enrolled in direct deposit will receive their funds within 5 days of the award. Due to disruption in mail distribution, it may take a few weeks for students to receive paper checks.

Will the CARES grant be taxable?

The funds may be taxable. Please consult with your tax advisor when filing you 2020 tax returns.

How do I sign up for electronic refund?

  1. Login to your MYSFC student account
  2. On the left hand side (the Launch Pad section) click on “TN Pay Tuition/Payment Plans”
  3. Log into the TouchNet website (with your SFC Log In and Password)
  4. On the top you will see a section titled “Refunds” select this link and then follow all corresponding prompts.

Can I apply for CARES Act funds again?

If you received less than $1000 in your initial CARES Act grant, you may apply again. The total amount awarded to you will not exceed $1000.

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