CARES Act Grants

The university has allocated up to two million dollars for a second disbursement of grants to help full-time students secure technology for fall classes.

More than 80% of fall courses will be technology enhanced in a variety of face-to-face and online formats, and courses are scheduled to go fully remote after Nov. 20, 2020. Students will need to have appropriate technology (including a computer and high-speed internet access) to succeed in these learning environments. This grant is intended to help defray the cost of these expenses for students.

The technology grants are being disbursed in a similar way to how CARES emergency grants were disbursed in June and in accordance with the federal legislation. Student need is determined by their 2020-21 FAFSA, and the grant is allocated to those students who are eligible. Students already deemed eligible received an email on Monday, July 6, directing them to certify their grant. Students who received a CARES Act emergency grant for spring 2020 may still qualify for a fall 2020 CARES Act technology grant. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should I contact with questions about CARES Act grants?

Students with questions about this process may contact the Financial Aid office: 
financialaid@usu.edu | 435-797-0173.

What is the federal CARES Act?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. A section of the CARES Act provides specific funds for higher education institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet.

How much money did USU receive?

Nearly 14 billion dollars were allocated to higher education institutions across the nation. USU has submitted the required certification and agreements to receive $17,428,745. USU will allocate 50% of the received funds to provide direct emergency grants to students.

Who is eligible to receive grants?

According to the U.S. Department of Education, students must meet the basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid, which includes having filled out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is estimated, that over 21,000 USU students meet the basic requirements. Funds can be distributed to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students pursing a degree. Students must be enrolled full-time to receive a technology grant.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Education has excluded international students, undocumented students, non-matriculated students, or students enrolled exclusively in online courses prior to March 13, 2020.

How large are the technology grants?

CARES Act technology grants are $300 per student.

How will I know if I am eligible to receive a technology grant?

Students who have been awarded the CARES technology grant received an email using their preferred email account. They must accept their award, and then funds will be disbursed and sent to the student by check or direct deposit. To receive your award more quickly, please enroll in direct deposit

If I was not awarded a grant automatically, how can I still apply?

Students who have not filled out the FAFSA or whose financial situation has changed since then, can still apply for a technology grant. Funds will be disbursed first-come, first-serve until fall or until the funds run out. The federal government has specified that undocumented and international students are not eligible for CARES Act funds, so the university provides a separate grant application to these students. It is funded to a great extent by generous donations from faculty, staff and friends of the USU.

Why didn’t I receive a CARES Act grant?

You may not have received a CARES grant because you did not meet the general eligibility requirements based on the information USU has about you. The U.S. Department of Education has excluded international students, undocumented students, non-matriculated students, or students enrolled exclusively in online courses prior to March 13, 2020, to receive these CARES Act funds.

If you are not eligible for a CARES Act grant and need help to stay in collect, there are other resources available to you. The COVID-19 Emergency Hardship Resources Fund provides monetary awards, dining services cards, and connects students to needed on- and off-campus resources.  

Do students have any limitations on how they can spend the money?

As outlined by the U.S. Department of Education, the funds should be used to address unexpected expenses related to disruptions of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The technology grant is intended to be used to secure access to technology for fall semester, including high-speed Internet and a computer.

How much has been disbursed to students?

  • As of May 13, 2020, USU awarded $5,046,485 to 7,639 students.

  • As of June 3, 2020, USU had awarded $5,174,735 to 7,834 students. 

  • As of July 7, 2020, USU had awarded $5,249,035 to 8,109 students.

USU has disbursed a total of $4,087,085 to 6,318 students, who had until June 15, 2020 to accept their awards.