Federal CARES Act Student Emergency Funds

Updated: 10/29/2020

error Mizzou’s Federal CARES Act Emergency Grant Application is now closed

If you are facing an unforeseen financial hardship due to COVID-19, the Student Financial Aid office stands ready to assist you.

The Federal CARES Act has allocated emergency financial aid grants to students who are struggling or unable to pay for expenses related to the disruption to campus operations due to the COVID-19 circumstances. The goal of these funds is to provide financial assistance to a wide range of students in a timely manner in order for them to maintain access to education.

Due to the fluid and rapidly evolving nature of the response to COVID-19, criteria and covered expenses may be adjusted on a case-by-case basis as Mizzou seeks to assist students navigating unique hardships related to COVID-19 circumstances.

In order to help as many students as possible, award amounts will range from $50 to $1,000 for students who applied when the application was open. Some awards may exceed $1,000, on a very limited basis, based upon demonstrated need per Federal methodology or extraordinary circumstances. CARES Act funding for the University of Missouri is a finite amount set by the Department of Education and we expect a large number of applicants, thus you may not receive the full amount of funds you request. Undergraduate, Pell-eligible students for the spring 2020 who did not apply for the CARES Act funding may have received a $200 CARES Act grant.

If you or your parent/legal guardians (or spouse for an independent student) have lost your job or income as a result of COVID-19, we also encourage you to reach out to our Special Circumstances Response team at SpecialCircumstances@missouri.edu to see if we can assist you with future financial aid eligibility.

To be eligible for the Federal CARES Act Student Emergency Funds:

  1. You must have completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA and all applicable verification requirements. If you have not completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA yet, you can still do so at: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa;
  2. You must be a degree-seeking student in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional school program;
  3. You are eligible if you are NOT enrolled in an exclusively online program on and prior to March 13, 2020;
  4. You must be meeting Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirements;
  5. You must not be in student loan default; and
  6. You must otherwise be eligible for Title IV Federal Student Aid.

Eligible Expenses for Federal CARES Act Student Emergency Funds*

Examples of eligible expenses that a student incurred as a result of the disruption to campus operations due to COVID-19 circumstances for which the Federal COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid may cover include the following:

  • Food
  • Housing (Rent/Utilities Assistance/Costs associated with having to move abruptly – e.g., moving/storage)
  • Technology (Laptops/Internet Access/Hot Spots)
  • Course Materials (school supplies, books, desk, pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.)
  • Transportation to/from home
  • Transportation related to course completion (Study Abroad/Internships)
  • Medical Expenses
  • Childcare for dependents
  • Other expenses related to your Cost of Attendance or course completion

*The Federal CARES Act Emergency Grant is awarded on a one-time basis, and is not renewable.

Application Process – Mizzou’s Federal CARES Act Emergency Grant Application is now closed.

  • Award Decision
  • After the application is reviewed, the student will receive a message via their Mizzou email account notifying them of the outcome. If approved, the message will also include how much funding will be awarded. Award amount decisions are not appealable.
  • Payment
  • We strongly recommend that students ensure that they have Direct Deposit setup. If a student is not signed up for Direct Deposit then it could take up to two weeks to receive your emergency funds. The university works diligently to process funding as quickly as possible. Awards will be applied directly to the student’s Statement of Account.
  • Questions
  • If you have questions, please contact the Special Circumstances Review team by email at specialcircumstances@missouri.edu. Questions can be asked directly via email, or a student can leave their phone number to request a call from our Special Circumstances Response Team.

Report and Disclosure

Please review the following Report and Disclosure which outlines information regarding the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.