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CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds

IMPORTANT APPLICATION UPDATE AS OF 11-18-20: SUNY Cobleskill has a limited amount of remaining CARES Act funding available to award to students enrolled in the Fall 2020 semester. Students who already received a CARES Act check are not eligible to re-apply. Applications can be submitted until December 4, 2020. A 2020-21 FAFSA must be on file. All other eligibility requirements listed below must be met. 

The application is no longer available. 




The Federal Government has established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under the CARES Act which was signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020. This fund will allow SUNY Cobleskill to provide emergency grants to students experiencing financial hardship specifically due to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. SUNY Cobleskill has completed the Certification and Agreement for this funding with the assurance that we will use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency grants for students. Here are some facts regarding this funding.



Student must be eligible to receive Title IV (federal) financial aid in order to be approved for a federal Cares Act grant. If you were awarded and declined Direct Stafford Loans you are still Title IV eligible.

Title IV Eligibility includes:

Students must have incurred expenses specifically due to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding must be utilized for the expenses that are requested. Allowable expenses may include:



Students who have potential eligibility receive multiple emails with a link to the online application. The application was available on the College's CARES Act web page. 



Once a student has been determined eligible for a CARES Act emergency grant, a committee will make an award determination that is based on:

  1. the actual expenses incurred by the student and
  2. the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated by the FAFSA.

Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, students received awards ranging from $225 to $4,450. Funds are limited. Priority consideration was given to students who applied before the priority deadline and had the greatest financial need.




Required Federal Reporting Data for Student Grants: