CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Information
CARES Act FAQ
How do I know if I am eligible for a grant?
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.
What is my deadline to apply for Phase 2 Emergency Funding?
Applications will be accepted throughout the summer, with decisions communicated via email no longer than 2 weeks after submission.
Will everyone who applies for a CARES Act grant receive one?
Based on the limited funding we received from the U.S. Department of Education, it will be distributed to students with demonstrated need and also with the intention of assisting as many students as possible.
Do I need to repay this grant?
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.
How many times can I apply for emergency funding through the CARES Act?
How much will I receive?
Awarded undergraduate students received 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.
When will I know if I will receive a grant?
You will receive an email within 2 weeks of submission.
How will I receive the grant money?
Dunwoody will mail a check to the address we have on file for you. If you need to change your address, fill out the Contact Change Form (PDF) and return it to email@example.com.
What if I currently owe tuition or other expenses to Dunwoody?
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.
If I receive a grant from the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, is it taxable?
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.
What if I am ineligible, or apply but do not receive a CARES Act grant, but still have financial need?
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.
Who can I contact if I have other questions about the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund?
Students can submit questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. A staff member will respond as soon as possible.