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Frequently Asked Questions surrounding CARES funding

Cabrini University is in the process of disseminating the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, intended to ease financial burden incurred as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, to every eligible student.

We also have reserved a limited amount of funds to be distributed to those students who meet the eligibility criteria and who demonstrate additional hardship and/or exceptional circumstances.

What is the CARES Act?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides federal funding to individuals as a way of offsetting the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigation measures. The CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds it receives to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

Who is eligible to receive money?

To receive funding, students must meet a set of criteria based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Education. All funding disbursed to students should be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations.

Students must be eligible for Federal Title IV aid and be registered in a bachelor’s or master’s program that was not completely online prior to March 13, 2020.

It is always the goal of the institution to support our students in any way possible, and Cabrini has worked diligently to ensure that all students who are eligible receive funding, in adherence to the mandates provided by the DOE.

How will I receive my money?

Those students who are eligible and enrolled in direct deposit should have received notification of the funds being deposited already. Those who are eligible and not enrolled in direct deposit will receive a check at the home address on file in Cabrini’s database; that check will be mailed on Tuesday, May 19.

I owe the University money; will I still receive CARES funding?

Yes. As long as you meet the eligibility requirements, you will receive CARES Act funding. These federal funds are provided to students directly to mitigate the financial burdens imposed by the disruption of campus operations caused by COVID-19.

I feel I am eligible for CARES funding, but I did not receive it. What should I do?

If you filed the 2019-2020 FAFSA with Cabrini University and all required documents have been submitted, please send an email to CARES@cabrini.edu with your name and Cabrini ID number.  Please confirm you do not have any outstanding requirements via the Cabrini Portal. You still have time to submit these documents via email to financialaid@cabrini.edu. Once submitted, please allow 5-7 business days for processing and eligibility validation.

How can I apply for additional funding?

As mentioned, Cabrini reserved a small percentage of the CARES funding for distribution to those students who meet the eligibility criteria and who demonstrate additional hardship and/or exceptional circumstances. Please check back for more information on this process; we expect to have more information in the coming weeks.

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