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CARES Act, Student funding information


From: President <President@manchester.edu>
Sent: Thursday, May 14, 2020 4:31 PM
To: All Colleagues <AllColleagues@manchester.edu>
Subject: CARES Act, Student funding information

Dear colleagues,

The CARES Act recently passed by Congress provides emergency funding for our students. The email below was sent to our students a few minutes ago.

The legislation was passed quickly because the needs are immediate, but one consequence is that the guidelines for distribution weren’t particularly clear. We’ve had a team working to make the process here as simple as possible for colleagues and students, and I’m grateful for their good work on this.


From: President <President@manchester.edu>
Sent: Thursday, May 14, 2020 4:11 PM
To: FWStudents <FWStudents@manchester.edu>; NMStudents <NMStudents@manchester.edu>
Subject: CARES Act, Student funding information

Dear students,

As you may know, on March 27, Congress passed and the president signed a major relief bill designed to help Americans financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, (CARES Act), Manchester University applied for and received funding specifically intended to provide emergency financial grants to students. These grants do not need to be repaid.

This is an important email and I encourage you to read it carefully. It is more formal than I like, but much of the language reflects the specific wording of the legislation.

To be eligible to receive these emergency grant funds students must:

  • Have been enrolled in on-campus education through Manchester University as of March 13, 2020
  • Meet satisfactory academic standing requirements
  • Have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) for the 2019-2020 academic year or were eligible to file a FASFA

Eligible students will receive grants based on multiple factors, including need, information already on record for the 2019-2020 academic year, and additional information that helps us assess your need and expenses incurred in the shift to remote learning. If you qualify for a grant, no application is required.

Funds will be distributed to the direct deposit account associated with your student account. If you do not have a direct deposit account on file, a paper check will be mailed to you. If you do not have a direct deposit account set up, we strongly encourage you do this to receive your funds in a more timely manner. For those receiving funds through their student account direct deposit, we anticipate having the funds available to you no later than June 1, 2020.

If you are an eligible student who has not yet graduated and you need emergency grant funds beyond what you received, you may apply for additional funding. Those expenses could include, but are not limited to:

  • Reduction or loss of employment of a supporting family member or you, the student, due to economic disruptions
  • Increased technology expenses for remote learning
  • A change in housing expenses, including having to break a lease
  • Increased medical expenses of a supporting family member or you, the student
  • Increases in other expenses due to economic disruptions related to COVID-19

The application for additional funding will be available early next week and we will send an email to that link. A committee will review all applications on a rolling basis. Please contact health@manchester.edu with your questions.

Dave McFadden
Manchester University