CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Information
About CARES Act Funding
The recently enacted federal CARES Act provided money to colleges and universities to distribute for emergency student grants. The purpose of the money is to provide financial assistance to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. This funding is separate from additional financial aid students may receive from Dunwoody College of Technology. Dunwoody has received $652,185 intended for distribution to students and can be disbursed over the next 12 months to combat the continuing effects of this pandemic. Additional dollars were also received to assist with the operational disruption caused by the crisis.
What Does This Funding Cover?
The following is a list of expenses that can be considered for grant assistance if they were “related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus”:
- Course materials
- Technology (such as having to buy a computer when courses were moved online or cost of internet connectivity)
- Health care
- Child care
Eligible undergraduate students will receive up to $500 in the first phase of disbursement scheduled to begin the first week in June, along with the ability to apply for additional dollars by completing a request for emergency funding (Dunwoody login required). In the spirit of serving as many of Dunwoody’s most in need students, and because CARES Act funding is limited, we appreciate students applying for a grant only if it is truly needed.
Dunwoody has adopted a three phase approach for distributing the $652,185 dollars to our affected students:
PHASE 1: starting the week of June 1, 2020: 1,011 students will be issued checks for a total amount of $420,900. 588 students with Estimated Family Contributions (EFC) of $10,000 or less will receive $500. 423 students with Estimated Family Contributions (EFC) of $10,001 or more will receive $300. Student who do not receive an award are invited to contact the college to determine eligibility, and all students are invited to apply for Emergency Funding (Dunwoody login required).
PHASE 2: June 10 to August 15, 2020 — Students are invited to apply for Emergency Funding based on circumstances (Dunwoody login required).
PHASE 3: September 1, 2020 — Any remaining funds will be distributed using the same methodology in PHASE 1 to returning students.
Students who meet all criteria below are eligible to apply:
- Working towards a degree or certificate at Dunwoody.
- Enrolled during the Spring 2020 semester in at least one on-ground/in-person course, even if that course moved to an online format due to the pandemic.
- Have a valid FAFSA on file* with Dunwoody College of Technology’s Financial Aid Department.
- Students must also attest that they have experienced any of the aforementioned disruptions.
- Per the U.S. Department of Education, international students and students enrolled exclusively in online courses are not eligible to receive CARES Act funding.
*Students who are ineligible due to not having a FAFSA on file with the College should visit the Federal Student Aid website and follow the instructions for filling out the FAFSA for the 2020-2021 academic year.
How to Apply
There is no application for Phase 1 and 3. The money will deposited directly into eligible students’ bank accounts or sent by check to the address we have on file.
For Phase 2: Student should apply to request emergency funding.
To apply, access and complete the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Application (Dunwoody login required).
If you have difficulty logging in, please contact the IT Service Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, please review the eligibility requirements before doing so as not all students are eligible to receive funds.
Applications will be reviewed within two weeks of submission and students will receive an email with the decision.
CARES Act FAQ
Students who meet all of the following criteria are eligible to apply:
- working towards a degree or certificate at Dunwoody;
- enrolled during the Spring 2020 semester in at least one on-ground/in-person course, even if that course moved to an online format due to the pandemic;
- and have a valid FAFSA on file with Dunwoody’s Financial Aid Department.
Applications will be accepted throughout the summer, with decisions communicated via email no longer than 2 weeks after submission.
Based on the limited funding we received from the U.S. Department of Education, it will be distributed to students with the most demonstrated need, and also with the intention of assisting as many students as possible.
No, money received through this fund does not need to be repaid. This fund does not impact nor replace any financial aid you may currently receive.
Awarded undergraduate students will receive a grant up to $500 in Phase 1 funding. Phase 2 funding will depend on the extent of your need as indicated on your Emergency Funds Request. Phase 3 funding will be determined by the remainder of the fund after Phase 1 and Phase 2.
You will receive an email within 2 weeks of submission.
Funds will be directly deposited into bank accounts for students who are enrolled in the direct deposit option. To speed up your payment, we strongly encourage you to set up the direct deposit refund option if you have not done so already, by filling out the Direct Deposit Authorization form (PDF) and returning it to Accounting.
The full amount of the emergency grants will be given directly to students and will not pay outstanding balances owed to Dunwoody. Any outstanding balance owed to the College remains the responsibility of the student.
No. Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act are qualified disaster relief payments per the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and will not be taxable.
Students who are ineligible, or who apply but do not receive a CARES Act grant, but still have financial need, should visit the Apply for Financial Aid page and follow the instructions to apply for financial aid for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Students can submit questions to email@example.com. A staff member will respond as soon as possible.