CARES Act funding to support Augusta University students amid COVID-19

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Augusta University will use the $3,072,671 it received as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to directly assist eligible students who are facing financial challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

By Friday, May 8, students with demonstrated financial need will be awarded automatic CARES Grants ranging from $200 to $600 per student. The amount received will vary based upon need, as defined by the Department of Education. To see the eligibility requirements for these automatic CARES Grants, see Jags Care.

Students who are ineligible for an automatic CARES Grant (or just need additional support after receiving the grant) can apply for the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund starting May 12. The priority deadline for applications is May 17; however, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all funds are awarded.

This fund will allow students to receive up to $500 each, and the funds may be used for expenses related to COVID-19-related disruptions.

To receive any CARES Act funding (the automatic grant or support from the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund), students must have completed the 2019-2020 FAFSA. Students who haven’t already should do so immediately to demonstrate their eligibility for Title IV aid and the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund.

Dr. Gretchen Caughman, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, is grateful for this additional aid. “We’re thankful for this funding, because there’s nothing more important to Augusta University than supporting our students. The CARES Act will help us lighten their burden and support their educational journey.”

In addition to this new federal funding, Augusta University is continuing to operate its standard Student Emergency Fund; so students who are ineligible for CARES Act funds are welcome to apply for this aid.

In this uncertain time, Augusta University’s top priority is supporting students. Visit the Jags Care website for a full explanation of the funding options available and their terms.


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