QU CARES ACT FUND
Quincy University has received funding through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Funding will be used to provide direct emergency checks/direct deposit grants to college students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak.
A Committee has been established and will consider applications on an ongoing basis until all funds are spent. Priority consideration will be given to students who have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and demonstrated exceptional need (i.e, Pell Grant eligible). To ensure that we meet as much of our students’ needs as possible, CARES funds will be disbursed in two rounds. The first round will involve completing an application for emergency funding to assist current students with COVID-19 related expenses incurred during the Spring 2020 semester. Checks will be mailed to each recipient’s home address.
During the second round of disbursement, students who have filed a FAFSA for the 2020-2021 academic year will automatically receive funds based on their financial need with priority being given to students who demonstrate exception need.
Please read the following information carefully. The link to the application will be found at the end of this document.
DEFINITION OF A QUALIFYING SITUATION
Quincy University’s CARES Act funds for students will be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. This includes, but is not limited to, eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care expenses.
EXAMPLES OF QUALIFYING SITUATIONS TO INCLUDE ON THE APPLICATION
Food Expenses may include unexpected grocery expenses for a resident student who was depending on their meal plan to eat for the semester. Or increased grocery expenses for a student supporting dependent children now home due to their school or child care closure.
Course Materials may include but not limited to general use supplies such as writing utensils and notebooks; course-specific supplies such as calculators, lab equipment, rental of musical equipment, paintbrushes, and canvases; unexpectedly required to be purchased due to campus disruption of regular operations.
Technology Expenses may include computer equipment, internet access expenses, printer supplies, etc. required for student success when transitioning to an online format from the traditional in-person class structure. Documentation for technology expenses must be uploaded in the application to be considered. Examples would be an estimate, receipt, or bill.
Healthcare Expenses may include the cost of unanticipated or unusual medical expenses due to coronavirus or its effects.
Child Care/Dependent Care Expenses may include the cost of unanticipated or unusual care expenses for a student’s child or other dependents in the independent (as defined by FAFSA) student’s household.
Transportation Expenses may include the cost of unanticipated or unusual travel expenses related to the disruption of campus operations. This may include additional trips to the University to retrieve personal belongings, or even difficulty in making car payments due to income loss from this economic disruption.
Housing Expenses may include unanticipated expenses in securing housing and/or rent for residential students after the closure of campus housing. This may also include difficulty in making rent or mortgage payments due to income loss from this economic disruption.
- Enrollment in a degree-seeking program (includes pre-Dmin or Bachelor’s Plus)
- Eligible as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- U.S. citizenship or *eligible noncitizen
- A valid Social Security number
- Registration with Selective Service (if the student is male)
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress in their course of study, and
- Do not owe a refund on grants previously received or in default on any federal student loans.
Additionally, students must have been enrolled in at least one face-to-face or hybrid class. If you already filed a FAFSA and received Title IV aid, you may be eligible for CARES Act funds. If you have not filed a FAFSA, please apply at studentaid.gov/FAFSA in order to be considered.
Even if your family chose to not file a FAFSA because of your income, you should file a FAFSA now to be considered for the CARES Act Grant.
The most effective steps you can take right now to protect yourself and your community are to:
- Avoid contact with people who are ill. Refrain from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. (See CDC handwashing video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZw4Ga3jg3E&feature=youtu.be.)
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home if you are ill.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resource links:
- IDPH – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- IDPH – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions
- Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE
- CDC Homepage for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- CDC Travel Guidance
- CDC Guidance for Healthcare Professionals
- CDC Guidance for Laboratories