CARES ACT 

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

  • Funds must be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).
  • Institutions should prioritize students with the greatest need.

Eligibility requirements from the US Department of Education: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/heerfstudentfaqs.pdf

  • Only 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. If a student has filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 the HEA. Students who have not filed a FAFSA but who are eligible to file a FAFSA also may receive emergency financial aid grants. The criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include but are not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.
  • At institutions that provide both online and ground-based education, those students who were enrolled exclusively in an online program on March 13, 2020, the date of the President’s Proclamation, “Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak,” Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 53 at 15337- 38, are not eligible for emergency financial aid grants

 

BEAVERS CARE

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.