UAH expects to receive $2,839,879 to be awarded as Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

As of June 24, 2020:

  • 3090 students have been identified as eligible and offered an opportunity to apply.
  • 1900+ students have applied.
  • 1352 students have been awarded.
  • $773,776 funding awarded.


What is the CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provided by the federal government?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund and sent money to schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.

When will CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds be available?

UAH applied for funding from the federal CARES Act and once we receive that funding from the U.S. Department of Education, we will be able to rapidly start distributing grants to students based on their Estimated Family Contribution. These grants will be disbursed as soon as possible. Recipients will be notified via a message to their UAH email account.

Who is eligible for the CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds?

Students who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid and who have an EFC between zero (0) and 19,999 have been considered for these funds. The Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee will use Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data to determine your eligibility.

Under U.S. Department of Education rules for the program, these funds can be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degree programs and enrolled at the UAH. The student must have been enrolled Spring 2020.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Education does not allow these funds to be used for international students, undocumented students, non-matriculated students or students enrolled in distance-only degree programs or courses.

Why didn’t I receive a UAH CARES Act Relief Grant?

Students who were not eligible to due a lack of processed, eligible EFC or the EFC was too high to be considered will not be awarded in the first disbursement. A subsequent disbursement may be possible depending upon the first distribution of funding for requests and valid submissions.

Will there be CARES funds for 2020-21?

Right now we are concentrating on spring and summer emergency aid and monitoring federal and state economic conditions, as well as the prospects for additional federal emergency funding for universities and students. We will decide later this summer about remaining CARES funds we can use to support students in 2020-21, including for students enrolled in summer semester. We will update these FAQ as we make later decisions on the use of these funds.