CARES Act FAQ
What is the CARES Act?
The CARES Act is federal legislation which provides financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. One part of this federal program allocates money to Louisiana Tech University, and a portion of that allocation can be awarded directly to students who are experiencing financial expenses due to the coronavirus.
Who can apply for CARES Act funds?
- Students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants and
- Students who have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus that have affected their cost of attendance (COA) and
- Students who are degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students and
- Students who are currently enrolled in the Fall Quarter 2020 at Louisiana Tech University and were not enrolled exclusively in online programs prior to the COVID-19 emergency and
- Students who have completed a 2020-2021 FAFSA and
- Students who have completed all documents required to be considered for federal financial aid in the Office of Financial Aid and
- Students who have received a federal financial aid offer letter (if you have not responded to your offer letter, please do so prior to your application) and
- Students who have a federal financial aid Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the 2020-2021 FAFSA of less than $10,000.
Please submit the online application found here.
Do we have to have a student's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file in order to be eligible for CARES Act Grant funds?
The University has to determine that a student is eligible to participate in the Title IV programs and meet all of applicable student eligibility requirements, so the completion of a FAFSA is required.
If you have not filed a FAFSA for 2020-2021, you still have time. Go to https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa/filling-out. Make sure to put Louisiana Tech University with the school code 00200800 on schools to receive your application. The Office of Financial Aid usually receives the completed application within 3-5 business days. Once your application is received, the Office of Financial Aid will email students that it has been received and what additional documents are required to complete your financial aid record.
What does "eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in the Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965" mean?
Section 484 of the HEA states that Title IV eligible students must:
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program
- Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school.
- For currently enrolled students, be making satisfactory academic progress.
- Not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans.
- Not be in default on a Title IV loan.
- File “as part of the original financial aid application process” a certification that includes
- A statement of educational purpose.
- Student’s SSN.
- Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen.
- Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges.
- Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits.
- Have repaid Title IV loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently.
- Have Selective Service registration verified.
- Have Social Security Number verified.
- Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.
Can Undocumented Students and International Students Receive Funds Under the CARES Act?
No. Under ED’s new guidance undocumented students, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students, and international students are not eligible for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants to students.
What kinds of expenses are allowable?
Funds can be used for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or childcare.
How much can I apply for?
Students who qualify are eligible for a minimum base amount of $300 up to $600 based on the financial aid criteria that has been met. A limited amount of funds is available and students will be awarded in order of financial aid “need.” We have a limited amount granted to us, and we appreciate students only asking for the amount needed so we can serve as many students as possible.
How do I apply?
- Sign Up to create an account on https://latech.academicworks.com/ or Sign In if you have previously created an account when you applied for scholarships.
- Once you have signed into Academic Works, make sure that you have completed the General Scholarship application and signed all required permissions in the application. This is required before submitting the Cares Act Grant Fall 2020 application.
- If you have previously completed the General Scholarship application, you may want to consider reviewing your information and updating This is not required however if you have already submitted a general application.
- If you are eligible to submit a Cares Grant Application for the Fall Quarter, you will see the CARES ACT Grant Fall 2020 application on the left menu as recommended applications.
- Complete all required fields.
- Submit your application.
- You will be notified by email if you have been approved or denied.
Does the money need to be repaid?
No, money received through this fund does not need to be repaid.
How will I receive my money?
The funds that are awarded will be posted on the student’s account and refunded in the form of a direct payment to the student. It is recommended that students set up direct deposit to their checking account so that funds will be readily accessible for needed expenses. To authorize direct deposit see the instructions listed in the “Process” section above.
Would this funding reduce my financial aid?
No, this fund does not negate nor replace financial aid, and it is a one-time grant.
Will this award show on my Financial Aid Net Partner account or award letter?
No, CARES ACT Grant funds are not considered as estimated financial assistance for federal financial aid purposes and will not appear on your award letter or Net Partner. You would receive notice by email if you are eligible for funds or denied. The amount would be posted within three business days on your student account for a refund.
Can I apply for funding more than once?
No, students can apply only once per quarter. If funding is remaining after all applications have been received and reviewed, students would be notified if there are additional opportunities for future quarters.
What are the deadlines to apply?
Students must submit their CARES ACT Grant Fall 2020 application no later than the close of business by Sept. 30, 2020. Students who do not meet the submission date will have their grant applications considered only if funding is still available and the application is reopened. To authorize direct deposit see the instructions listed in the “Process” section above.
Who can I contact for more information?
If you have questions or need more information, visit the Office of Financial Aid’s website and “Chat with Financial Aid” or email CaresActGrant@latech.edu.
Can the CARES Act Grant be used to replace lost income due to loss of job or reduction of hours?
No, loss of wages are not considered incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus that have affected the student’s cost of attendance (COA).
Can a student who has taken only online courses in their program be eligible to receive CARES Act Grant funding?
No, a student would be identified in an online exclusive program if they have only taken online classes while completing their current academic program.
We understand that students and their families have lots of questions and are looking for answers during this difficult time. That’s why we have developed a list of available COVID-19 Resources and a list of frequently asked financial aid questions and answers.