May 7, 2020

To: Students
CC: Faculty and Staff
From: Laurence B. Alexander, J.D., Ph.D.
Re: CARES Act Funding

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), provides assistance to institutions to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. Eligible expenses as defined include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

In accordance with the guidance received from the Department of Education, only students who are eligible for Title IV funding can receive funding from the CARES Act. Eligibility for Title IV funds includes but is not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, or GED.

This link will direct you to a form to complete, indicating that you would like to be considered for Emergency Funding through the CARES Act. We will use the information captured on this form to cross-check your eligibility with the Department of Education. You are asked to submit the form by May 13, 2020.

Although you are not required to accept Federal Aid, however, you must be eligible for Federal Aid to receive emergency funding through the Cares Act. If you don’t have FAFSA on file, you can submit one at

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this public health emergency.