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 (completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA) 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 Spring Quarter at Louisiana Tech University and were not enrolled exclusively in online programs prior to the COVID-19 emergency.
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?
Having a FAFSA on file would be the only practical way for the University to determine that a student is eligible to participate in the Title IV programs and meet all of applicable student eligibility requirements.
If you have not filed a FAFSA for 2019-20, 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 are eligible for a maximum base amount. Additional funding may be awarded for high-cost expenditures or special circumstances that have been indicated by the student with supporting documentation. A limited amount of funds are available. 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, Search for the CARES ACT Grant application.
- 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.
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 each quarter as the application becomes available. 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 Application for the Summer Quarter no later than the close of business by June 12, 2020. Students who do not meet the submission date will have their grant applications considered only if funding is still available. To authorize direct deposit see the instructions listed in the “Process” section above.
I moved off-campus after Spring Quarter began due to the coronavirus pandemic and I received a portion of my original housing/food costs as a refund. Is that considered a high cost expenditure or special circumstance that has affected my cost of attendance? How do I document the expense?
Yes, it is considered as a high cost expenditure and the student should check the high cost/special circumstances box on the CARES Act Grant application for Spring Quarter. Appropriate documentation is a print screen/image/pdf from your BOSS student account summary showing the dorm/apt/suite refund and meal plan refund for the Spring Quarter. No high cost expenditure or special circumstance is available for the Summer Quarter CARES Act Grant application.
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.
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.