The UO will receive $16,095,946 through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was recently enacted by the U.S. Congress. Of these funds, $8,047,973 are reserved to provide financial support to students impacted by a disruption in campus operations due to the coronavirus.

Application

These funds will go to eligible UO students that complete the online Federal CARES Act Grant application and demonstrate eligible expenses related to the coronavirus such as medical, food, housing, utility and technology expenses; relocation costs to return home; unexpected childcare; course materials; and other unexpected expenses included in the student’s cost of college attendance. Requests to fund expenses for housing and food will only be considered if the costs are new or unexpected, such as when the the student has exerienced a loss of employment.

Award amounts will vary by student and are unique to each student’s circumstances and specific expenses. The university anticipates significant demand for the funds, and awards may be less than the full amount a student requests. CARES funding allocated for summer term is limited. Applications for funding will be considered for summer on a funds available basis.

Due to limited funding, we are no longer accepting CARES applications for the remainder of this summer. The fall application will open in September.

Eligibility

  • Undergraduate, graduate and law students eligible to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). International, DACA, or undocumented students are not eligible.
     
  • Eligible expenses related to the coronavirus such as medical, food, housing, utility and technology expenses; relocation costs to return home; unexpected childcare; course materials; and other unexpected expenses included in the student’s cost of college attendance.
     
  • Students who are not exclusively taking online courses or did not withdraw from the UO prior to March 13.

 

FAQs

Is there any other emergency support available?

The UO has institutional funds available to assist students who are not eligible for federal CARES Act funding. These include the UO Students in Crisis Fund, where students can apply for assistance through the Office of the Dean of Students.

Are students that start at the UO fall 2020 eligible for the CARES Act Grant?

Currently, CARES Act Grant funds are available for the 2019-2020 school year for expenses incurred due to campus disruptions during the 2020 spring and summer terms. The spring term application deadline has now passed and the fall term application dates will be announced at a later time pending fund availability.

How long does it take to process my application?

Staff in the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships will process your application as quickly as possible, however, due to the number of applications, it may take up to 2 weeks before you receive a response.

How do I know my application was successfully submitted?

Log into the Scholarship Dashboard and choose the "Opportunities" tab. Select the "Specialty Awards" and then review your application.

How do I modify my application after I submit it?

If you wish to provide additional information or changes after submitting your application you must contact our office via email to request instructions on how to have your completed application status changed.

What if I incur additional expenses after submitting my application, or have expenses for a subsequent term?

You must contact our office via email to request instructions on how to have your completed application status changed.

Where might I find more information on why my application was not approved?

Contact our office via email for information on why your application was not approved.

I have lost my employment due to my employer closing or laying me off. Can I apply for CARES Act Grant to cover my lost wages?

While the CARES Act Grant will not cover your lost wages, if you have expenses due to the disruption of campus activities, you may apply for a CARES Act Grant to assist with paying your expenses.

I need help paying my tuition. Can I apply for a Cares Act Grant for tuition expenses?

While the CARES Act Grant cannot be awarded to pay tuition, if you have expenses due to the disruption of campus activities, you may apply for a CARES Act Grant to assist with paying your expenses.

If I receive a CARES Act Grant will it reduce my financial aid?

The CARES Act Grant will not count as financial aid received, so will not impact your other financial aid.

Will I have to include my CARES Act Grant in my income for tax purposes?

The Internal Revenue Service has indicated that any CARES Act Grant that you receive is usually not includable in your gross income*.

*Please consult a tax professional as there may be limited situations where it may count as income.