What is the CARES Act?
The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-IHE/Student Aid provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet. Students cannot apply for assistance directly from the U.S. Department of Education but should contact their institutions for further information and guidance. Institutions have the responsibility of determining how grants will be distributed to students, how the amount of each student grant is calculated, and the development of any instructions or directions that are provided to students about the grant.
What does the CARES Act Funding Cover?
Funding is available for expenses incurred as a direct result of the closure of campus operations. The following is a list of expenses as determined by the Department of Education:
- Course Materials
- Health Care
- Child Care
Lincoln Christian University students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:
- Enrolled in a residential (on campus) program at Lincoln Christian University.
- Enrolled at Lincoln Christian University on March 12, 2020.
- Have completed the FAFSA or are Title IV eligible.
International students and student enrolled exclusively in online course are not eligible under the U. S. Department of Education’s guidelines for CARES Act grants.
How to Apply
Lincoln Christian University students who meet the eligibility criteria and have expenses directly related to the closure of campus due to the novel coronavirus should do the following:
- Read LCU’s Student Emergency Fund Policy found here: LCU Student Emergency Fund Policy
- Complete the Student Emergency Fund Application found here: Application
Applications can be submitted anytime and will be reviewed on a weekly basis.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the deadline to apply?
There is no deadline to apply for emergency student aid. Applications are reviewed on Mondays and a determination communicated to applicants on Tuesdays.
Does every student who applies for a CARES Act grant receive one?
No. Students must demonstrate need within the guidelines provided by the U.S. Department of Education.
Is there a maximum amount a student can receive?
Yes. Individual students may not receive more than $6,195 in a calendar year.
How will students receive the grant money if eligible?
Students may request payment by check or direct deposit. A direct deposit form will be provided to the student when notified of grant approval.
Who can students contact with questions about the CARES Act Higher Education grant?
Students may email Vice President of Student Development, Jill Dicken, at the following: VP of Student Development