Stockton CARES Emergency Grant Program

Did You Incur Unexpected Expenses due to the Coronavirus Health Emergency?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020. Part of the funding package was marked for colleges and universities to provide direct cash assistance to students who were impacted by the reduced on-campus services resulting from the COVID-19 health emergency. In accordance with the statutory requirement, the funds may only be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance resulting from lost wages because you are not able to work on campus such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

Request Guidelines

In accordance with the Secretary of Education, the following criteria must be met:

  • Students must be eligible to participate in Title IV (federal) financial aid programs. International, undocumented or students with temporary immigration statuses do not qualify.
  • Students must have been enrolled in on-campus courses during the spring 2020 semester as of March 13, 2020 (date of federal emergency declaration). Students enrolled in online programs or all courses this semester online, do not qualify.

How Do I Apply?

The application cycle is now closed. The committee will continue to review all submitted applications until all funds have been awarded. Applicants should monitor their email for a decision.

FAQ for Stockton CARES Emergency Grant Program:

See below for answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Stockton CARES Emergency Grant Program.

The application cycle is now closed. The committee will continue to review all submitted applications until all funds have been awarded. Applicants should monitor their email for a decision.

Current degree-seeking students enrolled in on-campus classes during the spring 2020 semester (as of March 13, 2020) who are eligible to apply for federal financial aid are eligible to apply for CARES Act funds. Students who meet these criteria must also demonstrate that they incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations.

In accordance with the guidance issued from the U.S. Department of Education, international and undocumented students are not eligible to receive emergency grants. 

Expenses you incurred as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 health emergency such as housing, food, technology, childcare, medical/healthcare, transportation expenses. Here are some examples:

  • You lived on campus or used a meal plan and now you are experiencing housing or food insecurity
  • You routinely used the computer labs to do your schoolwork, but now need a computer to continue your education remotely

Note: If you need to purchase a laptop and would like to use these funds to do so, you can include an estimate in the technology question within the application.

Our IT department suggests the following minimum specifications for a laptop: https://stockton.edu/information-technology/stockton_laptop_program_for_students.html

And they have these discount programs available when shopping: https://stockton.edu/information-technology/technology-discounts.html

  • You needed to purchase a hotspot or internet access for your home
  • You received health services through our wellness center and now need to seek treatment elsewhere that is not covered by your insurance
  • The childcare center your dependent attended closed and you’ve had to hire alternative care so that you can continue your coursework
  • You incurred transportation expenses returning home or storing your personal belongings because you could not return to campus to retrieve them
  • You incurred nonrefundable expenses related to study abroad travel that was either cancelled or shortened unexpectedly
  • You have lost wages because you are no longer able to work on campus

Awards will be determined on a case-by-case basis and relative to available funding at the time of the request. Funds are limited and will be distributed on a first-come basis.

Once your application is reviewed and approved, you will see the funds disburse through your student account and processed as a refund. If you are already signed up for direct deposit, the funds will be deposited in your account within 14 days. If you are not registered for direct deposit through the Bursar’s Office, you will receive a paper check in the mail to your permanent address.

Institutions must identify students who have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the novel coronavirus. Students who are currently enrolled during the spring semester are eligible to apply.

The amount of each grant will be determined on a case-by-case basis of need and the extent the loss of services impacted the student’s continued pursuit of their education.

Grant funding is available on a first-come basis and as funding is available. Our intention is to assist as many students as possible while being sensitive to need, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance.

You are not required to complete the FAFSA, but having one on file with our university will allow us to process your request for funds much more quickly.

If you do have a FAFSA on file, and you or your family’s financial circumstances have changed, we may be able to assist you with increased financial aid through an income adjustment process. We will review your financial aid file during the processing of the Stockton CARES application and may request additional documentation so that we can help you to the best extent possible.

Without the FAFSA, we will need to perform several steps to determine if you meet the applicable eligibility standards to participate in federal financial aid programs. The criteria include but are not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting. Additionally, the student must be making satisfactory academic progress, or on an approved SAP appeal/plan.

Once you complete your application, it will be reviewed and processed. Payments will be processed on a weekly basis as applications are completed.

The CARES payment amount is based on the expenses the student included on their Request form. In accordance with guidance received from the U.S. Department of Education, additional consideration was given to students who demonstrated exceptional need such as unemployment of the student and/or parent and current Pell Grant eligibility.

In some cases, the payments were capped by the limit provided in the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance. In other cases, the expenses were validated against data the University has and payment was reduced to align with that data. Examples are payroll estimates for student workers and study abroad reimbursement requests. In addition, some applicants requested funds for expenses that were not incurred as a result of the disruption in campus operations and so they were disallowed. Examples include requests for funds for new cars or major car repairs.

No, there are no appeals regarding the decision or the grant amount.
All application cycles are now closed. The committee will continue to review all submitted applications until all funds have been awarded. Applicants should monitor their email for a decision.
Funds will flow through the account and be issued as a cash grant to the student without regard to the balance owed. The University may not apply the funds to your balance owed, even with your permission and request to do so. You, however, may use the funds to pay your balance once you receive the disbursement.
The funds should be used to meet the expenses that will support the continued pursuit of your education.
The U.S. Department of Education determined that any aid received by victims of an emergency by either a federal or state entity for purposes of providing financial relief will not be counted as income for the calculation of financial aid eligibility or as aid received.

The State of New Jersey will consider this as income when evaluating a student’s eligibility for state Tuition Aid Grants (TAG) and other state aid programs administered by the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA).

Right now, we are concentrating on spring emergency aid and monitoring federal and state economic conditions, as well as the prospects for additional federal emergency funding for universities and students. We will decide later this spring about remaining CARES funds we can use to support students in 2020-21, including for students enrolled in summer courses. We will update these FAQ as we make later decisions on the use of these funds.

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