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Eligible Students

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Per federal regulations, emergency financial aid grants under Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act may only be given to those who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA).  In short, only students who are eligible to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) were eligible to receive the funding.  Students were also required to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements and could not be enrolled in a program offered 100% online. Furthermore, per guidance from the Texas A&M University System leadership, this funding was to be used to retain students for fall semester so that they could continue progress toward a degree.  Therefore, students that had applied to graduate in May or August were not eligible to receive this funding. 

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CCRSSA) funds

Per federal regulations, eligible students under CCRSSA are the same as they were for the CARES Act Funds, with the following exception: Students enrolled in 100% online programs are eligible for these funds.

American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds

Per federal regulations, eligible students under ARP are the same as they were for the CCRSSA funds, with the following exception:  Students who are or were enrolled in an institution of higher education during the COVID-19 national emergency are eligible for emergency financial aid grants from the HEERF, regardless of whether they completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or are eligible for Title IV.  This essentially means that undocumented and international students are eligible where they were not eligible for CARES or CCRSSA funding.

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