CARES Act Funding FAQs for Students

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

A: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund is a section of the CARES Act that provides funding to schools so they can distribute emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by the pandemic.

Q: Who is eligible to receive CARES Act/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants?

A: Students are eligible for CARES Act funds if they have filed a 2019-20 FAFSA and have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Under U.S. Department of Education rules for the program, these funds can be awarded to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students pursuing degree programs and enrolled at Fontbonne.

The U.S. Department of Education does not permit CARES Act funds to be distributed to international, undocumented or DACA students, or those enrolled exclusively in online courses.

Please contact the Financial Aid Office at if you have questions about your eligibility or need assistance filing a FAFSA.

Q: What if I do not meet the eligibility criteria for CARES Act funds, but I’m still in need of emergency aid?

A: Students who do not meet the eligibility criteria for CARES Act funds and are in need of financial assistance are encouraged to fill out the CARES Act Request Form. There may be alternative funding sources available.

Q: How can I apply for a CARES Act/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grant?

A: Fontbonne students must complete the CARES Act Request Form to be considered for a grant.

Q: How will Fontbonne distribute CARES Act/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants?

A: Based on the limited amount of funding received from the U.S. Department of Education, CARES Act/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants will be distributed on a first come, first served basis while funds are available.

If you qualify for financial aid, we will deposit the funds directly into your bank account on record. To set up your account for direct deposit or update your bank account on record, please contact our Business Office at If you are not enrolled in direct deposit, we will mail a check to your address on file.

It is important your address and contact information is current to avoid delays and so we can contact you if needed. Update your contact information by logging into GriffinNet with your username and password. Then select “Edit Address” on the top left of the page and enter your current address.

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