CARES Act Grants

What is the CARES Act?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a federal effort that included provisions designed to deliver emergency assistance to students and higher education institutions impacted by the novel coronavirus.

Institutions were required to use at least 50% of the funds received under the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.

Eligible expenses included food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

Read federal reporting information about the CARES Act funds the University received in 2020.


Is the University still accepting requests for grants?

No. We are no longer accepting requests for CARES Act student assistance, as the funds have been fully expended.

We strongly encourage all students to complete the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine if you are eligible to receive other sources of federal assistance.


Who was eligible for a grant?

To receive CARES Act funding, students must have filed the FAFSA and be determined as Title IV eligible.

Since the CARES Act was designed to assist students with the highest financial need, grants were awarded to Title IV eligible students based on their socioeconomic circumstance (as determined by the Expected Family Contribution from the FAFSA).

The University sent emails to eligible students, who then had three weeks to certify and attest that they had incurred eligible expenses.


How did students receive their grants?

Eligible students who certified and attested that they have incurred eligible expenses were sent an emergency grant electronically via E-Pay's E-Refund function.

Students who did not have an E-Refund account were mailed a paper check.

To determine the amount of your assistance, review your financial aid summary on MyUAlbany.



Please contact our CARES Act team at [email protected] or 518-442-3202.