COVID-19 Updates: uc.edu/publichealth

CARES Act Funding for Students

Additional information on the university's response is also available at our university COVID-19 resource page.

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The University of Cincinnati recognizes the COVID-19 pandemic created some very challenging circumstances for our students. We also understand that the transition to remote instruction along with the Governor’s Shelter-in-Place order have led to additional, unexpected financial challenges.

The Coronavirus Assistance, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress provided UC $11,763,656 through the U.S. Department of Education to be made available as direct assistance to students.  

UC sought to help as many students as possible address the unexpected expenses arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and distributed initial funding to students as follows:

  • Spring 2020
    • $250 awards 
      • Title IV-eligible student
      • Enrolled at least half-time for spring 2020 on March 16, 2020
      • In a non-distance learning, degree-seeking program
        • Total expenditure: $5,579,000
    • Additional $250 awards (for a combined amount of $500) 
      • All of the above criteria
      • Expected family contribution (EFC) at or less than 10,000
        • Total expenditure: $2,783,750
  • Summer 2020
    • $250 awards 
      • Title IV-eligible student
      • Enrolled at least half-time for summer 2020 on May 22, 2020
      • In a non-distance learning, degree-seeking program
        • Total expected expenditure: $1,500,000
    • Additional $250 awards (for a combined amount of $500) 
      • All of the above criteria
      • Expected family contribution (EFC) at or less than 10,000
        • Total expected expenditure: $700,000
    • Summer CARES Act Funds will not be posted on student accounts until the week of May 25 through May 29

Title IV (federal aid) eligibility was a requirement established by the U.S. Department of Education. The University of Cincinnati meets this requirement and identified the expected family contribution (EFC) through a completed 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 16, 2020.

Read more about support for UC students during this time. 

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Federal CARES Act at UC

The University of Cincinnati signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education and has, to date, used 71% of the funds received to date under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  • As of May 19, 2020
  • Total federal CARES Act funds received: $11,763,656
  • Total federal CARES Act funds awarded: $8,362,750
  • Number of students eligible to participate in Title IV: 26,069
  • Number of recipients of federal CARES Act grants: 22,316
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Fund Transactions & Refunds

CARES Act Funds will be posted to student accounts and immediately refunded to the student. Students should confirm they are currently enrolled in direct deposit with an active bank account. CARES Act Funds and the associated refund will appear on your bill within Catalyst.

The CARES Act Funds are intended to help with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. CARES ACT Funds will be issued to students even if the student has a balance due UC. Receipt of a refund does not indicate your financial obligations to UC have been paid. Always review your current financial status within Catalyst

Funds will be deposited directly into your bank account 2-3 days after the refund transaction appears on your student account. Students without direct deposit will be sent a paper check that could take up to 10 days for processing.

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The above information is provided to comply with the U.S. Department of Education’s CARES Act reporting requirements.