OSU has now disbursed the student portion of the CARES Act to qualifying students. We were able to help more than 3,000 students pay for food, housing, childcare course materials and other expenses. We are now using institutional sources of funding in an effort to continue to support students.
The Federal CARES Act provided some emergency aid to students to cover additional expenses related costs incurred from campus disruptions due to COVID-19. Examples of additional expenses may include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. In order to be eligible to receive this emergency funding students were required to meet Title IV (federal student aid) eligibility requirements. This effectively means that OSU needed a current FAFSA on file. Students who were not eligible include: international students, undocumented students and students who were enrolled exclusively in online programs on March 13. If you are a student who falls into one of these ineligible categories we will be using other institutional aid, including Beavers Care funds, to try to meet your needs.
More information about CARES Act from the US Department of Education: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/caresact.html
Eligibility requirements from the US Department of Education: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/heerfstudentfaqs.pdf
The Beavers Care fundraising initiative is raising money for students who need emergency assistance. If you are not eligible to receive CARES Act funding we will try to meet your needs with Beavers Care and other institutional funding. Please contact your college or the Office of Financial Aid to inquire about these funds.