CARES Act FAQs

  • What is the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant?
  • The CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Fund provides emergency financial aid assistance to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus as stipulated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act was signed into law March 27, 2020. Awards will be distributed to eligible UC Davis undergraduate students based on need as determined by the 2019-20 FAFSA with an emphasis on providing additional support to the neediest populations. Funding for Title IV eligible graduate/professional students will be distributed equally amongst the population.
  • Who is eligible for the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant and how will eligibility be determined?
  • Federal regulations require schools to confirm that a student receiving any CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Grant meets the following requirements: 
         • Is a US Citizen or an eligible noncitizen

         • Has a valid Social Security number
         • Is registered with Selective Service, if you’re a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25)
         • Is not in default on a federal student loan
         • Does not owe money on a federal student grant
         • Is a currently enrolled student


    Undergraduate students must file a 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by May 30, 2020, to be considered for an emergency grant. Please note, undergraduates must have need as determined by the FAFSA to be considered for assistance. 

    Graduate and professional students are encouraged to file a 2019-20 FAFSA or complete a certification with the campus confirming eligibility for Title IV funding by May 30, 2020, to receive assistance. 

    Additional information can be found at Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements.
  • How much will eligible students receive in the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant?
  • The CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant is one-time funding divided between eligible graduate/professional students and undergraduate students based on the percentage of enrollment. Awards will be distributed to eligible undergraduate students based on need as determined by the 2019-20 FAFSA with an emphasis on providing additional support to the neediest populations. Funding for eligible graduate/professional students will be distributed equally amongst the population as follows (per student): 

    UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS*
         • Pell Grant recipients: $1,000
         • Students receiving grants other than Pell Grant: $750
         • Students eligible for Subsidized Direct Loans only and not receiving grants: $500

    GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS*
         • Graduate Studies: $600
         • School of Education: $600
         • School of Law: $600

         • School of Management: $600 (not available to Online MBA students)
         • School of Medicine: $600

         • Veterinary Medicine: $600

    *Undocumented AB 540 students will receive relief funds from institutional emergency grants equivalent to the awards provided to Title IV eligible students. See the Additional COVID-19 Support section.
  • When will eligible students receive the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant?
  • The distribution of funds to eligible students will begin the week of May 4, 2020. If you meet the eligibility criteria and have not received funding by May 15, 2020, please contact Financial Aid and Scholarships. In the meantime, please sign up for direct deposit and/or verify that your mailing address is accurate in the Student Information System.
  • How will the CARES Act relief funds affect me as a Work-Study student?
  • Work-Study students are eligible for the one-time CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant in addition to the one-time federal and institutional Work-Study grant in which a portion or all of the remaining Work-Study balance scheduled for spring quarter will be converted to a one-time Work-Study grant for all eligible undergraduate students. The amount of the one-time Work-Study grant will be based on hours worked during the winter quarter. For details on the Work-Study grant, see Work-Study Guidance.

  • How will the CARES Act relief funds affect me if I am a financial aid recipient and I made adjustments to my housing contract for spring term due to COVID-19? 
  • On-campus students who adjusted their housing contract for the spring term due to COVID-19 received allotted resources in March, and therefore will not be receiving additional emergency relief from the CARES Act at this time. Normally, aid is adjusted when students move off-campus or commute from home, however, in an effort to mitigate the disruption and associated costs with moving to an online platform, an exception was made to allow students who canceled their housing contract to retain aid for on-campus housing.
  • Why didn’t I receive a CARES Act disbursement?
  • UC Davis students who are eligible for need-based federal financial aid programs are eligible for federal CARES Act grants. If you are eligible for federal need-based aid but did not receive a CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant, you can notify our office for an eligibility review. 

    If you are ineligible for a CARES Act disbursement, and your family was significantly affected by issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we may be able to help you with emergency aid from other institutional resources. See the Institutional Student Support section.

    For help with longer-term and future needs consider a Family Contribution Review appeal. The appeal form will be available in July 2020 for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • If I receive funds from the CARES Act and withdraw from the spring quarter/semester, do I have to return the CARES grant?
  • No, the CARES Act funding is intended to provide one-time relief funding to mitigate the disruption caused by COVID-19.

ADDITIONAL COVID-19 SUPPORT

Financial Aid and Scholarships, Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center, AB 540 Center and Guardian Scholars Program are collaborating closely to provide support to our students with emergencies related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CALIFORNIA AB 540 STUDENTS
Undocumented students are not eligible for support using funds from the federal CARES Act, however, institutional resources are being made available to ensure that emergency grants are available to undocumented AB 540 eligible students based on need, to be distributed as follows:

UNDERGRADUATE CALIFORNIA AB 540 STUDENTS

• Students with Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,576 or less: $1,000
• Students receiving grants with EFC above $5,576: $750
• Students eligible for Dream Loan only and not receiving grants: $500

GRADUATE CALIFORNIA AB 540 STUDENTS

     • Graduate Studies: $600
     • School of Education: $600
     • School of Law: $600
     • School of Management: $600 (not available to Online MBA students)
     • School of Medicine: $600
     • Veterinary Medicine: $600

The AB 540 and Undocumented Student Center is offering emergency grants to qualifying students for demonstrated financial need up to $1,500 upon request and approval.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students are not eligible for federal CARES Act funding, however, institutional resources are being made available to provide emergency grants to international students in crises. The maximum award will not exceed $1,000 per student. Awards for emergency relief will be provided upon request and approval. Please submit your request regarding your COVID-19 related emergency via the Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT).

STUDENTS WITH DEPENDENTS
The Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center is offering students that are parents (student-parents) a grant of $500 per child. This is in addition to the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant for eligible students. The center will allocate funds for Graduate and Professional student-parents and Undergraduate student-parents. No application is required, eligible student-parents will be awarded these funds automatically.

FORMER FOSTER YOUTH
The Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center is offering $500 grants to former foster youth and other vulnerable student populations This is in addition to the CARES Act Emergency Relief GrantThe Guardian Scholars Program is offering $500 emergency grants to former foster youth upon request and approval. This is in addition to the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant for eligible students.

GENERAL NEED
The Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center is partnering with Financial Aid and Scholarships to offer emergency grants to students who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and have need that exceeds the resources provided, or for students who did not benefit from the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
The Financial Aid and Scholarships department offers additional support and resources at Economic Crisis Resources.