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UNG CARES Program

UNG is receiving $6.8 million through the CARES Act and will use those funds to provide automatic and immediate UNG CARES Program grants to eligible students currently enrolled for spring semester for expenses related to educational disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  UNG will prioritize grants to students with the greatest levels of financial need using established processes to distribute need-based institutional aid. Similar grants will also be available to continuing students who enroll for summer semester.
UNG CARES

What Students Need to Do for Automatic Grant

Each eligible student must select a refund preference to receive UNG CARES funds in a timely manner.  Failure to complete this process will delay receipt of the funds for a minimum of 14 days.

Who is eligible for the automatic disbursement of UNG CARES funding for spring semester and how much will they get?

To receive disbursements of federal aid through the UNG CARES program, UNG students must:

  • have been enrolled for spring semester as of April 20, 2020;
  • have completed a FAFSA for 2019-2020;
  • have been enrolled in at least one face-to-face class as of March 13; and
  • be eligible for Title IV financial aid.

Georgia National Guard student-soldiers who were activated for the battle against COVID-19 and received military withdrawals prior to April 20, 2020, are also eligible. Guidelines exclude transient students, non-degree-seeking students, dual-enrolled students, international students, and students not eligible for Title IV financial aid. 

The amount of automatic disbursements will range from $100 to $500 per student and will vary based upon need, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education and number of credit hours enrolled.

Eligibility parameters were established based upon several factors, including stipulations in the federal CARES Act, federal law, U.S. Department of Education guidelines, and University System of Georgia guidance. UNG used those criteria to develop a plan for assisting as many UNG students as possible.

Will UNG CARES automatic disbursements be provided for summer semester?

Yes, we plan to provide UNG CARES funding for summer semester to continuing students, as funding remains available, based upon the same eligibility requirements as spring semester. The disbursements will range from $100 to $400 per student for summer and will be based on summer semester enrollment as of June 3, 2020.

When should a student expect to receive the UNG CARES automatic disbursement?

Spring 2020 disbursements should appear on Banner student accounts the week of April 27-May 1, and refunds will begin by the end of that week. 

Summer 2020 disbursements will appear on Banner student accounts beginning June 3, and refunds will begin the week of June 8. 

The timing of the refund will be determined by having a refund preference set-up .  

Failure to set-up a refund preference prior to April 27 may cause a minimum 14-day delay in receiving these funds. For assistance contact the Business Office.

How did UNG determine which students would receive UNG CARES Program funds and how much those students would receive?

As directed by the U.S. Department of Education and the University System of Georgia, UNG determined which students are eligible to receive UNG CARES Program funding based upon eligibility to receive federal Title IV financial aid and enrollment status. For spring semester UNG CARES Emergency Grants eligible students with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) greater than 15,000 received $100. Eligible students with an EFC of 15,000 or less and enrolled in 1-5 credit hours received $200. Eligible students with an EFC of 15,000 or less and enrolled in 6-11 credit hours received $250. Eligible students with an EFC of 15,000 or less and enrolled full-time (a minimum of 12 hours) received $500.

Summer semester disbursements will be calculated using the same methodology for allocations of $100 - $400.  UNG CARES Emergency Grants, with a maximum grant of $700, are available to eligible students by application until all funds are expended

UNG CARES Emergency Grant & UNG Emergency Funds

Students in need of more financial assistance can apply for either the UNG CARES Emergency Grant or the UNG Emergency Fund using one simple form. Once completed, the student's form will be reviewed and forwarded to the appropriate funding source.

UNG CARES Emergency Grant

Students who are facing specific hardships may apply for the UNG CARES Emergency Grant  (login required) to receive up to $700 in further assistance.  The funds may be used for expenses related to COVID-19-related disruptions as allowable under the stipulations of the federal CARES Act (i.e., housing, utilities, food, technology, books, supplies, transportation, gas, and insurance).  The Emergency Grant applications will be reviewed and placed on student accounts daily.   

Who is eligible to apply for the UNG CARES Emergency Grant and what is the deadline for applying?

Students may receive additional federal aid by applying for the UNG CARES Emergency Grant . To be eligible, students must:

  • have been enrolled for spring semester as of April 20, 2020;
  • have completed a FAFSA for 2019-2020;
  • have been enrolled in at least one face-to-face class as of March 13; and
  • be eligible for Title IV financial aid

Georgia National Guard student-soldiers who were activated for the battle against COVID-19 and received military withdrawals prior to April 20, 2020, are also eligible. 

Guidelines exclude transient students, non-degree-seeking students, dual-enrolled students, international students, and those not eligible for Title IV financial aid.

Additionally, as funding remains available, the UNG CARES Program will fund Emergency Grants for summer for continuing students, based on summer semester enrollment as of June 3, 2020.

Eligibility parameters were established based upon several factors, including stipulations in the federal CARES Act, federal law, U.S. Department of Education guidelines, and University System of Georgia guidance. UNG used those criteria to develop a plan for assisting as many UNG students as possible.

If a student gets the automatic disbursement of UNG CARES funding, can they still apply for the Emergency Grant?

Yes, receiving the spring and/or summer automatic disbursement of UNG CARES funding does not limit a student's eligibility to apply for the Emergency Grant.

What is the maximum amount of the UNG CARES Emergency Grant?

The maximum amount of funding available via the UNG CARES Emergency Grant is $700 per student and will be available until federal funds have been exhausted.

UNG Emergency Fund

Students not eligible for UNG CARES funds or the UNG Cares Emergency Grant can apply for UNG Emergency Fund assistance using the same form. Forms will be reviewed and forwarded to the appropriate location.

The UNG Foundation is partnering with UNG’s Office of Financial Aid and the Student Money Management Center to provide resources for those who may not be eligible for federal CARES Act funding, and there are likely additional resources available to assist with emergency needs. Please contact the Student Money Management Center or Office of Financial Aid for more information.

 

Need More Help?

For additional information and assistance, visit the Financial Aid, Business Office, or UNG's Learning Remotely webpages.  You may also email Financial Aid or the Business Office.

In addition, counselors in the Student Money Management Center are available to advise students on how they can access other resources, including financial coaching and debt management. 

UNG CARES Program Data

UNG CARES Program Details Funded Expended Remaining Estimated Number of Students to Receive Funds Students Receiving Funds
Updated May 15, 2020.  Data will be updated monthly.
Spring CARES Allocation $3,340,000 $3,335,800 $4,200 11,301 11,320
Summer CARES Allocation $1,860,000 $1,860,000 $1,860,000 5,500 0
UNG CARES Emergency Grant $1,618,241 $770,522 $847,719 2,500 1,643
Total $6,818,241 $4,106,322 $2,711,919 19,301 12,963

UNG has signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement, including the assurance that UNG intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The total allocation for UNG is $13,636,481.

Review President Jacob's communication to our students announcing the program.

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