Oregon State University has received funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide students with emergency grants for COVID-related expenses, including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

We are here to support you, and the Office of Financial Aid is working closely with campus partners to provide these emergency grants to as many students as possible who qualify. 

Below are the answers to frequently asked questions about CARES Act funds.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocates funds to support individuals, businesses and organizations nationwide affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. The act includes several sources of funds for colleges and universities, including the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

OSU received funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide emergency grants to students for COVID-related expenses, including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. The Office of Financial Aid is working closely with campus partners to provide these emergency grants to as many students as possible who qualify. 

The U.S. Department of Education announced on Tuesday, April 21 that it is limiting CARES Act funding to students who are eligible to receive federal financial aid and who are enrolled in a program that met on-campus prior to the transition to online classes due to COVID-19. You must complete a 2019-20 FAFSA if you haven’t already done so to confirm your eligibility.

Under these guidelines, international students, DACA students, undocumented students, and OSU students enrolled exclusively in an online Ecampus program are not eligible to receive CARES Act funding. However, emergency aid for these students is available from other OSU sources.

No. The U.S. Department of Education clarified on Tuesday, April 21 that CARES Act funding is not available to students enrolled exclusively in online programs like OSU Ecampus as of March 13, 2020. 

No. The U.S. Department of Education clarified on Tuesday, April 21 that Cares Act funding is not available to DACA or undocumented students. 

No. Any aid you receive from CARES Act funding will not impact your current financial aid package.

No.  CARES Act emergency funds are a grant from the federal government.  It is not a student loan and does not have to be repaid.

If your application was approved, grant funds will be disbursed through your student account. These funds will not apply toward any outstanding balance. 

No.  The Treasury Department on Thursday released additional guidance on the taxability of emergency grant funding provided to students through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stated, in an FAQ document, that these emergency funds provided to students will not count as taxable income. "Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic … are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. This grant is not includible in your gross income," the IRS stated.