COVID-19 CARES Act
CARES Act Application for Spring 2020 Closed June 30, 2020
The CARES Act application for emergency funds for the Spring 2020 semester closed on June 30, 2020.
Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the University of Oklahoma was awarded funds to help students dealing with financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds were made available through CARES Act Emergency Grants.
CARES Act Emergency Financial Assistance Program
The University of Oklahoma had emergency grants available to help with student expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.
These funds were meant to assist eligible students with expenses incurred after March 13, 2020. Because these were grant funds, they did not affect any financial aid funds a student may have had.
These student grants were available to University of Oklahoma undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.
How can I apply for a CARES Act Emergency Grant?
The CARES Act application for emergency funds has closed and no new applications are being accepted.
What are the eligibility requirements?
Below are specific CARES Act Emergency Grant requirements:
- Current University of Oklahoma enrolled undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.
- Must be either an eligible U.S. Citizen or an eligible non-citizen who is eligible for Title IV funding.
- Students who have or can demonstrate financial need or hardship caused by or because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Students who submitted a FAFSA for the 2019-2020 school year and who are eligible for Title IV funding.
- Students who are in good academic standing and enrolled in at least one non-online course.
- Students who are not in default on a federal student loan.
- Students who have completed a CARES Act Emergency Grant Application.
The University encourages all students affected by COVID-19 to complete the application.
How will students receive their awarded student grants?
In accordance with the CARES Act, granted funds must go directly to students. For the quickest delivery, direct deposit is the preferred method for students to receive funds. Students who do not have direct deposit can still receive funds and will be mailed a check to their current address, which can take up to six weeks after awarding.
Students who are not signed up for direct deposit or eRefunds, but would like to, can sign up by following the link below.
The University of Oklahoma is following the guidance of the Department of Education regarding distribution of the CARES Act funds available for emergency financial grants. OU will continue to monitor the guidance and make any adjustments needed to meet federal guidance. For more information regarding the Department of Education CARES Act, please click here.
What if I am not awarded CARES Act Emergency Grant?
Students who do not receive a CARES Act Emergency Grant will be encouraged to apply for a Sooners Helping Sooners grant.
HSC program students attending classes in Oklahoma City, Ardmore, Weatherford, or Lawton, please complete the application here.
HSC program students attending classes in Tulsa or Bartlesville, please complete the application here.
Can I apply for additional funds over the summer?
The University of Oklahoma will continue to award available student grants through the summer. Students who have or can continue to demonstrate a financial need or hardship caused by or because of the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for additional funds. Please note there is no deadline to submit; however, funds are limited and will be awarded in the order qualifying applications are received.
What office should I contact about applying for a CARES Act Emergency Grant if I am a Tulsa Student?
Students enrolled in Health Sciences Center based programs, regardless of geographic location, should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at Financial-Aid@ouhsc.edu or (405) 271-2118.
Health Sciences Center Campus Programs: Office of Student Financial Aid
https://financialservices.ouhsc.edu/Departments/Student-Financial-Aid | (405) 271-2118