Federal CARES Act

UF is no longer accepting Federal Emergency Aid Grant Applications in order to allow us to complete the review process for applications received to date.

The Federal Emergency Aid Grant for spring 2020

The University of Florida was allocated funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/secretary-devos-rapidly-delivers-more-6-billion-emergency-cash-grants-college-students-impacted-coronavirus-outbreakCARES Act). The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants.These critical funds helped eligible UF students cover expenses related to unanticipated travel, additional technology requirements, or other needs related to an emergency situation.

Federal Emergency Aid Grant Reporting:

The University of Florida signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification of Agreement on April 13,2020 certifying no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act will be provided to students for Federal Emergency Financial Aid Grants. The University of Florida received $15,523,206.00 on May 1, 2020 for students to fund the Federal Emergency Financial Aid Grants.  The total amount of Federal Emergency Financial Aid Grants paid to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of September 23, 2020, was $15,523,206.00.  The estimated total number of students potentially eligible to participate in programs under section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to be considered to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under section 18004(a)(1) of the Cares Act was 41,100. The total number of unduplicated students who have received a Federal Emergency Financial Aid Grant under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was 15,661 as of September 23, 2020.

Federal Emergency Aid Grant criteria and eligibility:

1) UF initially made federal CARES Act funds available to undergraduate, graduate and professional students that had submitted a FAFSA with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $7,500 a year or less, and met all other Title IV eligibility requirements.

For these students, grant awards were tiered based on the student’s EFC. Students received an email with the link to the Federal Emergency Grant Certification Form that had to be completed.

2) Federal CARES Grant funds were then made available through an online Federal Emergency Aid Grant Application to the following groups of students:

  • UF enrolled students who have submitted a FAFSA and have an EFC greater than $7,500 a year, or
  • For UF enrolled students without a FAFSA to be considered, you must meet all of the qualifications below:
    • U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or an https://studentaid.gov/2021/help/citizeneligible noncitizen (you may be asked to provide documentation);
    • Have a valid Social Security Number;
    • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or have completed homeschooling;
    • Do not owe an overpayment (refund) on Title IV grants;
    • Not be in default on a Title IV loan;
    • Registered with https://www.sss.gov/register/who-needs-to-register/Selective Service (if male, you may be asked to provide documentation);
    • Have not been convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs;
    • Not in an online degree program;
    • And meet all other Title IV eligibility requirements.

Undergraduate, graduate and professional students who met eligibility requirements must have completed an online Federal Emergency Aid Grant Application to be considered for an award.  Award amounts were based on documented expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus up to a maximum of $1,000.

3) UF made CARES Act funds available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students that had submitted a FAFSA, were enrolled summer 2020, had an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 and met all other Title IV eligibility requirements. The students received an email with a link to the Federal Emergency Grant Certification form that had to be completed in order for funds to be disbursed.

4) To meet the need of students who were not eligible for Federal CARES Act funds, UF used the https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/aidagator/https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/aidagator/Aid-a-Gator program for emergency fund requests. While the CARES Act did not allow funding to UF Online, International, and DACA students, they could apply for emergency funding through the Aid-A-Gator application.

UF Online, International, and DACA students were not eligible to receive CARES Act funding, but emergency funding was available through the UF https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/aidagator/https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/aidagator/Aid-a-Gator program

Award amounts were based on documented expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus up to a maximum of $1,000.

Graduate assistants (this includes medical and veterinary residents), post-doctoral fellows and associates must apply as employees via the http://hr.ufl.edu/aidagatorFaculty and Staff Aid-a-Gator program.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
For additional information, visit the
https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/cares-act-faqs/Federal Emergency Aid Grant Frequently Asked Questions.

SFA is available to help students!
SFA can be reached by email at mailto:sfa-help@mail.ufl.edusfa-help@mail.ufl.edu or by telephone at (352) 392-1275 from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday-Friday (excluding holidays and university closings). If students are experiencing any financial-aid related issues or concerns, please contact the Office for Student Financial Affairs to discuss financial aid options that might be available.