CARES Act

Jacksonville University has received $2.2 million from the U.S. Department of Education through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. A portion of that money -- $1.1 million -- will be distributed directly to students based on need until funding is expended.

As of May 13, $822,200 has been disbursed to 1,807 students. 2,208 students meet the eligibility requirement to be considered for an Emergency Financial Aid Grant.

Grant amounts ranged from $150 to $1,000 and were determined in an 'a la carte' fashion based on these criteria:

  • All qualified students, regardless of Pell eligibility, got $150 for technology.
  • Pell-eligible students received $400 if their EFC was 0 or $150 if their EFC was above 0.
  • Pell-eligible students also received $225 if they were living in student housing and an additional $225 if they had a meal plan.
  • Students who were not Pell-eligible received $175 if they were living in student housing and an additional $175 if they had a meal plan.
Student Criteria Technology Pell Eligibility Housing Meal Plan Total Grant
Pell Eligible Student with 0 EFC $150 $400 $225 $225 $1,000
Pell Eligible Student with EFC > 0 $150 $150 $225 $225 $750
Student Not Eligible for Pell $150 $175 $175 $500

Eligibility

Students who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid and who have the greatest financial need based on the FAFSA can be considered for these funds.

Unfortunately, the CARES Act does not allow these funds to be used for international students or for strictly online students.

Appeals

Eligible students can appeal to receive CARES Act student funding through an electronic application. The application asks the student to certify they have experienced COVID-19 related expenses, check the specific category, and list the dollar amount.

Appeals will be determined by the matrix below, not to exceed $1000:

Amounts awarded to eligible students on appeal by Expected Family Contribution and expense category
EFC Housing Meals Technology Course Materials Childcare Healthcare Other
0 $225 $225 $150 $100 $100 $100 $100
1 - 5676 $225 $225 $150 $100 $100 $100 $100
5677 - 29,999 $175 $175 $150 $100 $100 $100 $100
30,000+ $175 $175 $150 $100 $100 $100 $100

The email below goes to all eligible appeal recipients. Those not eligible are receiving an individualized email explaining why they are not eligible.

You are eligible to receive this funding from the federal grant made available to Jacksonville University through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This funding is to provide emergency financial grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Student qualification was determined based on the results of your FAFSA, Title IV eligibility criteria, and expenses incurred due to the university's operational disruption and transition to remote learning. This funding is to offset these costs. Grants can be used to cover the costs related to housing, food, course materials, technology, health care, childcare, or other related expenses.

Appeals were determined based on the matrix below and the expenses you certified on the electronic appeal application:

Amounts awarded to eligible students on appeal by Expected Family Contribution and expense category
EFC Housing Meals Technology Course Materials Childcare Healthcare Other
0 $225 $225 $150 $100 $100 $100 $100
1 - 5676 $225 $225 $150 $100 $100 $100 $100
5677 - 29,999 $175 $175 $150 $100 $100 $100 $100
30,000+ $175 $175 $150 $100 $100 $100 $100

Funds are being distributed to students via the refund preference indicated in the JU student self-service portal. This grant is one-time funding provided by the federal government and will be disbursed until funds are depleted. Based on federal criteria, strictly online students and international students are excluded from eligibility.

JU is committed to supporting our students during this challenging time of uncertainty. Our generous alumni and friends of the university have been contributing to the NELLIE Fund to assist students with immediate emergency financial needs. Additionally, if you and your family have experienced a significant change in your financial situation, such as loss of employment, know that you can file a professional judgment appeal and submit it to finaid@ju.edu for consideration.

We wish you and your family safety and good health.

Sincerely,

Tara Jones, AVP Enrollment/Chief Student Financial Aid Officer

Communications

You are eligible to receive this funding from the federal grant made available to Jacksonville University through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This funding is to provide emergency financial grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Student qualification was determined based on the results of your FAFSA and expenses incurred due to the university's operational disruption and transition to remote learning. This funding is to offset these costs. Grants can be used to cover the costs related to housing, food, course materials, technology, health care, childcare, or other related expenses.

Jacksonville University has developed a tiered approach to provide funding based on the expected family contribution (EFC) amount from the FAFSA. Undergraduate Pell eligible students with 0 EFC are eligible to receive up to $1000; UG Pell eligible students with 1-5576 EFC are eligible for up to $750; UG non-Pell eligible students with 5577 to 29,999 EFC can receive up to $500. Graduate students with 0-29,999 EFC students can receive up to $150.

Awards are calculated based on the following:

Student Criteria Technology Pell Eligibility Housing Meal Plan Maximum Total
Pell Eligible Student with 0 EFC $150 $400 $225 $225 $1,000
Pell Eligible Student with EFC > 0 $150 $150 $225 $225 $750
Student Not Eligible for Pell $150 $0 $175 $175 $500

Funds are being distributed to students via the refund preference indicated in the JU student self-service portal. This grant is one-time funding provided by the federal government and will be disbursed until funds are depleted. Based on federal criteria, strictly online students and international students are excluded from eligibility.

If you have additional qualified expenses related to housing, food, course materials, technology, healthcare, or childcare that exceed the amount you are receiving, you are welcome to file this electronic appeal. Appeals will be reviewed upon receipt considering the reason and amount requested, and additional funds will be distributed to eligible recipients until funding is expended.

JU is committed to supporting our students during this challenging time of uncertainty. Our generous alumni and friends of the university have been contributing to the NELLIE Fund to assist students with immediate emergency financial needs. Additionally, if you and your family have experienced a significant change in your financial situation, such as loss of employment, know that you can file a professional judgment appeal and submit it to finaid@ju.edu for consideration.

We wish you and your family safety and good health.

Sincerely,

Tara Jones, AVP Enrollment/Chief Student Financial Aid Officer

Frequently Asked Questions

Appeals received by Tuesday each week will receive a response by Friday.

No, students who meet the initial eligibility requirement have been sent their CARES ACT grant via the pre-selected refund option they chose: either direct deposit or check.

We distributed the grant funds based on the pre-selected option by the student of their refund preference.

The refund preference is located in the JU student portal.

Go to:

  1. My JU
  2. Student Portal
  3. Financial Information
  4. Bank Information (Not for Payroll)

Yes, you can file an appeal listing the qualified category of your expense and the amount you would like to request. We will consider appeal requests for additional funds until they are depleted.

This webpage contains information regarding the amount of funding and awarding parameters used.

Unfortunately, yes, it is too late to file and receive funding. The funding is intended to assist those enrolled for the spring 2020 semester that filed the FAFSA, expressed need, and have expenses. Please consider submitting a request to the Nellie Fund, which is JU sponsored and supported by generous donors. This fund assists students with emergency financial needs.

The guidelines of the CARES ACT funding from the Department of Education did not allow this federal funding to extend to international students. However, I will direct you to the JU Nellie Fund to apply for emergency funding.

Unfortunately, no. The CARES ACT student fund Department of Education guidelines exclude strictly online students.

At this point, no. The $1.1M JU received to disburse to qualified students is one-time funding.

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