COVID-19 Emergency Student Financial Aid

September 23, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.


This application will close on September 25th or when funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first.


Effective August 24, 2020: Students may be eligible if enrolled in a degree seeking program for the Fall 2020 term. Students must be eligible for federal financial aid with a 2020-2021 FAFSA on file and must have been financially impacted due to the disruption of campus operations caused by COVID-19 (see examples of financial impacts below). Students who are enrolled in an exclusively online program are not eligible to receive funds at this time. Eligible students may receive this emergency cash grant one time only.

The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has provided institutions of higher education across the country with emergency cash grant funding for students who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 and related academic disruptions. Following guidelines from the US Department of Education, Florida Atlantic University will disburse these cash grants to students who are most in need of financial relief due to the ongoing global pandemic.

While the May 15 priority deadline has passed, the application remains open and grants will continue to be disbursed for as long as funds are available or until September 25th at the latest.

In order to receive this emergency grant funding, eligible students must apply online.

Grant Eligibility Criteria

  • Recipients must be eligible for Title IV aid with a 2020-2021 FAFSA on file*
  • Financially impacted due to disruption of academic operations caused by COVID-19
  • Any students who are enrolled in an exclusively online program are not eligible to receive funds at this time.

* Students who do not already have FAFSAs on file must first complete the form online at and submit all required documents to be eligible for Title IV aid before being considered as an emergency grant recipient

Examples of Qualifying Financial Impacts

  • Technology purchases to equip the student for remote instruction
  • Healthcare costs related to COVID-19 or related complications
  • Moving costs due to leaving on-campus residence halls or off-campus apartments
  • Food costs due to not having access to on-campus dining options
  • Other possible unforeseen expenses due to public health concerns

Frequently Asked Questions

For additional information, review the COVID-19 Emergency Student Grants - Frequently Asked Questions document or contact FAU’s Office of the Provost at 561-297-3062. For more details on this federal program, visit the US Department of Education’s Federal CARES Act webpage.

For information and data that the institution is reporting to the US Department of Education, visit FAU Cares Act Reporting.



On-Campus Impact
Fall 2020 Semester

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Fall 2020 Semester Plans



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