CARES Act Funding for Students

SUU is pleased to announce the launch of its CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) emergency grant program for students. Eligible students can now apply via their portal for a grant to cover expenses they may have incurred due to changes in university operations due to COVID-19.


  1. Be currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student (associates, bachelors, or masters) in a face-to-face degree program. Students enrolled in an online-only degree program do not qualify for these grants, nor do students who have graduated and are therefore no longer degree-seeking.
  2. Be eligible to receive Title IV federal aid. This eligibility is evaluated through completion of the FAFSA. In addition to completing the FAFSA, students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to receive HEERF funding.
  3. Have experienced expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

Streamline the Process

  1. Complete your FAFSA. Finishing your FAFSA is the fastest way to determine your eligibility for CARES/HEERF funding.
  2. Sign up for direct deposit.
  3. Update your contact information via the Portal


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, graduate students who are eligible for federal financial aid programs are also eligible for HEERF emergency grants.

Yes, submitting a 2019-2020 FAFSA is the fastest way to determine your eligibility for HEERF funding.

Students enrolled in an online-only degree program do not qualify for these grants

During the initial round of awarding, awards amounts will be determined by the amount of eligible expenses a student submits, up to the maximum award of $400. A student may receive additional funds for eligible expenses greater than $400 or eligible expenses incurred due to additional campus disruptions in a future round of awarding.

As outlined by the Department of Education, the funds should be used to address unexpected expenses related to disruptions of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as for food, housing, healthcare, technology, course materials, and childcare.

Students will receive the results of their award via email.

Awards will be disbursed to students via direct deposit. If you are not able to set up a direct deposit, you will be mailed a paper check to the mailing address on record with the university. Be advised that this method can take several weeks.

You will still receive the full amount of your emergency grant even if you have an outstanding balance with the university.

No, HEERF grants will not affect your other financial aid.

We anticipate a large volume of applications and will work to process submissions as quickly as possible. Our goal is to provide funding decisions as soon as possible, but no later than 7-10 business days.

No, these are emergency grants and do not need to be repaid.

No, because you are not eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 you are and are not eligible to receive CARES Act HEERF emergency grants.

We encourage all students in need to fill out the application, describe their expenses, and how they were connected to the disruption of university operations.

Yes, if funds are left after the initial application round, SUU will award additional funds to students whose expenses were greater than $400 or who incurred additional expenses in a subsequent semester.

No, in order to be eligible for Title IV federal financial aid students must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program.