CARES Grant Specifics
The majority of funds will be dispersed as direct emergency aid payments, while a small percentage is set aside for use as emergency grants (The emergency grant application process will be available on the Financial Aid site or before May 1).
To be eligible for the automatic payment and any emergency grant relief under the CARES Act, students must meet the following criteria:
- been enrolled in classes as of March 27, 2020;
- filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019/2020 financial aid year;
- been determined to be Title IV eligible; and
- completed all Office of Financial Aid verification requirements.
For those students who have not filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA, we strongly encourage you to do so by June 30, 2020 at www.fafsa.ed.gov, so that you are eligible for the CARES funding. Upon completing the FAFSA, please add be sure to use the CCSU school code (001378) so that it will be routed to us for processing.
Most of the funding will be issued via automatic payments to eligible students, with full-time Pell eligible students receiving $629 and full-time and non-Pell eligible students receiving $448. Part-time eligible students will receive a pro-rated value, with the amount based on the number of credits they were enrolled in as of March 27, 2020.
The grant funding will be issued by direct deposit to the bank account on file. For students without direct deposit, a check will be mailed to the home address indicated in Banner. To avoid delay, students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit (instructions available on the Bursar's website).
Please check the Financial Aid website periodically for the latest updates on the CARES funding.
What is the CARES Act?
The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) are federal funds to provide emergency financial aid grants to eligible students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). These funds are intended to address the pressing financial need of students due to the disruption of campus operations from the Coronavirus.
How much will my CARES automatic emergency grant payment be?
Full-time Pell eligible students will be receiving a one-time $629 grant payment. Full-time non-Pell eligible students will be receiving a one-time $448 grant payment. Part-time eligible students will receive a pro-rated value, with the amount based on the number of credits they were enrolled in as of March 27, 2020.
Do I need to do anything to receive the direct automatic emergency aid grant funded as part of the CARES Act?
If you are eligible, there is no action needed on your part. The eligibility requirements are noted in Question 7.
How will I receive my direct automatic emergency aid grant?
The grant will be issued automatically via direct deposit to the bank account on file or a paper check mailed to the home address indicated in your CCSU Student Account on the date of payment.
How do I know if I've been issued a CARE Grant payment?
You will see the disbursement on your eBill under Account Activity, listed as "CARES Act Grant".
Will my CARES Grant payment be reduced by my outstanding account balance with the University?
No. These payments are direct payments to students and will not be used to reduce a student account balance. The CARES Act requires institutions to provide the emergency financial aid grants to students. CCSU may not use the portion of the set aside for emergency financial aid grants to students to satisfy a student's outstanding account balance. The Department of Education notes that the student may use his or her emergency financial aid grant for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus.
Am I eligible?
To be considered you must:
- have been enrolled in minimum of 3 credits of on-ground courses as of March 27, 2020
- have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov for the 2019-2020 financial aid year on or before, June 30, 2020.
- have been determined to be Title IV eligible (see below)
- have completed all Office of Financial Aid verification requirements
- be a matriculated student
- be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
- be registered for Selective Service (if male)
- not be in default on federal loans
- be a US citizen / permanent resident
- have not received a waiver of your tuition / course fees related to:
- CSCU Employee / employee's dependent
- high school students with charges completely waived
- Hartford Consortium
- Over 62 Exemption
- Reciprocity Agreement
What is TITLE IV eligibility?
To be a Title IV-eligible student under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act, a student must:
- be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree, certificate or other recognized educational credential (including a program of study abroad approved for credit by the eligible institution at which such student is enrolled)--that is, a regular student under 34 CFR 600.2;
- be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) if the student is a currently enrolled student;
- not be in default on a Title IV loan;
- be a U.S citizen or national, a permanent resident, or an eligible noncitizen;
- have his Selective Service registration verified (the Title IV aid ineligibility for failure to register is in the Selective Service Act §3811(f));
- have a valid SSN, except for residents of the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau; and
- not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.
I am enrolled in a Graduate Certificate Program, am I eligible to receive the CARES grant?
Please refer to www.ccsu.edu/financialaid/graduateeligible for Title IV eligibility information on our Graduate Professional Certification and Non-degree Programs
How can I confirm verification requirements?
All requirements are listed in your WebCentral account under the Financial Aid Tab under "Financial Aid Requirements". If you have questions related to these requirements, please direct them to email@example.com.
Where can I submit my financial aid documents?
Documents can be submitted electronically through Financial Aid Forms and click on the blue "Document Submissions".
I have not submitted a FAFSA, can I still participate in the CARES Act?
You have until June 30, 2020 to submit a 2019-2020 FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov. In addition to submitting a FAFSA, you will need to complete any applicable verification requirements from the Office of Financial Aid. Once you have met the eligibility requirements noted in Question 7 above, the automatic grant aid payment will be issued to you.
I was only enrolled in on-line classes as of March 13, 2020, why am I not eligible for an emergency grant under the CARES Act?
Pursuant to Department of Education guidance, the grant excludes students who were exclusively enrolled in distance education courses as of March 13, 2020 because the emergency financial aid grants to students are for expenses related to the disruption of campus due to the Coronavirus. Students, who were enrolled exclusively in online programs would not have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus.
How can I get my CARES grant directly deposited into my bank account?
Instructions for setting up Direct Deposit/ACH via the Web:
- Navigate to the CCSU CentralPipeline
- From the CentralPipeline home page, click on the WebCentral-Banner Web link and log in with your CCSU email address and password
- From the Home tab, click on the eBill/Make Payment link
- From the My Profile Setup menu on the right, click on Electronic Refunds, or from the top menu bar, click on the Refunds link
- Click on Set Up Account button
- Complete the form, select View Example for assistance in identifying the bank routing number and account number and click the Continue button
- Click check box for I agree then click on Continue button. You will receive a "Your new ACH refund account has been saved" message
- To modify or cancel an existing direct deposit record, select either Edit or Remove to the right of the Account Description
What can I do if I see the CARES Grant distribution on my eBill but I did not receive my payment?
Please check with your bank first to be sure it hasn't been direct deposited already. Please also be aware that physical check payments to your home address could be delayed due to the current limitations related to the COVID crisis. If you can see the distribution on your eBill and still have not received the funds by May 11, 2020, please submit a Check Reissue Request Form.
Who can I contact for more information?
Do Incoming/Transfer students starting in Fall 2020-2021 qualify for the CARES Award?
Incoming/Transfer students are not eligible for the CARES award. Please refer to the Am I Eligible tab.