CARES Act Student Aid
Federal Emergency Relief Fund
Anna Maria College CARES Act Student Aid funds are federal grants that can be used to cover expenses, so you can focus on your education and meet your academic goals. You will not be asked to pay the funds back.
How To Apply:
- Funding Application: Fill out the online application. This application will be available until Anna Maria CARES Act Student Aid funding is depleted.
- FAFSA Application: Complete and submit a Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA). If you have already submitted a FAFSA for 2019 or 2020, this step is not required.
- Funding Decisions: You will be contacted by Anna Maria College via email. Decisions associated with funding allocations will be completed and sent to applicants by the end of the business day within three weeks of the date you submit the application.
*For Anna Maria College CARES Act Student Aid, you do not need to submit documentation or verification to the Department of Education (ED) after completing your FAFSA.
More InformationEligibility, Requirements & More
Eligibility, Requirements & More
Federal guidelines for Anna Maria College CARES Act Student Aid require that you must be eligible for Federal Financial Aid and meet the following criteria:
- You have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus activities due to COVID-19.
- You are enrolled in Anna Maria College during the Spring 2020 Semester or later.
- You are not an International Student.
You must meet Title IV aid eligibility requirements, including that you:
- Are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (i.e., eligible to receive federal Title IV aid).
- Are (or have been) enrolled in a degree-seeking or certificate program for Spring 2020 or later.
- Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Are not be in default on a federal student loan or owe an overpayment on any federal grant.
- Have a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.
- Have a valid Social Security Number.
- Are registered with Selective Service (if required).
- Do not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale.
**Under Federal law, international students, high school dual credit students, and incarcerated students are not eligible for CARES funding.**
Funding will be distributed either by check or through direct deposit via the College’s ACH direct payment program. To register for electronic funding transfer, please see the Electronic Refund information on this web page.
CARES Act Summary
As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020, federal stimulus funds were approved to provide relief for higher education institutions and their students. Anna Maria College has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
The CARES relief program requirements are intended to provide priority funding to Title IV eligible students, but the program also allows any student—including those not eligible for federal aid who can demonstrate financial costs associated with the transition to online learning—to apply for assistance.
Like other institutions across the country that have received CARES funding, the College has allocated half of its federal grant, $956,912 , to assist students with COVID-19 disruption-related expenses including: food; housing (not including billed room and board); course materials; health care; childcare; technology (e.g., buying a computer to work online or internet costs); and transportation.
Guidance from the Federal Department of Education encouraged institutions to prioritize allocating more funding to students with the “greatest financial need” while disbursing the remaining funding as “widely as possible.” The College has acted in accordance with that guidance, and based on the size of our need-based population, the awards varied based on Estimated Family contribution. EFC. A chart with an awarding summary is included below.
0-5576 (Pell Eligible)
5577 - 20,000
20,001 - Up
0-5576 (Pell Eligible)
5577 - 20,000
20,001 - Up
Out of the 1,046 eligible students, the College has received 319 applications for assistance. Eligible students were notified of the funding availability on the College’s website and through trackable email and automated phone call reminders. As of December 31 a total, $324,500 dollars has been allocated to students. Three funding categories were used to allocate funding based on the information shared in the application.
All students are strongly encouraged to complete an application form, through an application on the Financial aid web page. section, to request their CARES act funding, which requires validating the allowable expenses that they have incurred.
Upon review and approval of a student’s application form, a refund check will be issued to the student and mailed to the student’s permanent address on file, or if a student has an active direct deposit record on file, a direct deposit will be issued in lieu of a mailed check.
The college outlined an award distribution program provides three tiers of award funding. Emphasis was given to students and families with low demonstrated estimated family contributions (EFC) .
Consideration was also given to the magnitude of the circumstances outlined by the applicant. If a student did not have a FAFSA on file at the time they applied for CARES Act funding and they were otherwise eligible for Title IV funding (US Citizen/on campus/on ground classes – as of March 13, 2020) they were awarded in the lower tier group.
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