Manchester University has applied for and received funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, and intends to use at least 50 percent of those funds to provide emergency financial aid grants to students, as mandated by the Act under Section 18004(a)(1). The university has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement. In accordance with this agreement the institution received $755,726 to be awarded as Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. 

Manchester University understands that our students have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus. Our intention is to prioritize students with the greatest need while ensuring that the funds are distributed as widely as possible. As of July 21, 2020 the university has awarded and distributed $755,726 of these funds. The funds were distributed to 1552 students enrolled in seated classes when the university moved to online classes on March 23, 2020, who had filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) for the academic year or could prove eligible to file a FASFA. These grants were not applied to existing account balances and were disbursed to students by direct deposit, if a direct deposit account was set up, or by check mailed to the student's billing address.

Initially all eligible students received $250-800 in CARES Act grants. Eligible students received grants based on multiple factors including financial need, information on record for the 2019-2020 academic year, and additional information that helped inform decisions. Those eligible have also been given the opportunity to apply for additional funds if their need exceeds what was initially determined. 

Students were given instructions on how to obtain the funds via email on May 14, 2020.