CARES Act Info

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The federal CARES Act provides emergency funding to help students cover some expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Funds can be used toward the cost of attendance, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, child care or similar expenses directly associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some SIU students have been pre-qualified to receive funding based on information provided on their FAFSA. Pre-qualified students have been contacted directly at their email addresses and must submit a form certifying that that they have incurred expenses meeting CARES Act requirements. The deadline for submitting the form is May 31.

Some students were not pre-qualified but are still eligible to apply for funds. These students also received an email at their email addresses with a link to an application form. Funds are limited, so interested students should apply as soon as possible.

To apply for CARES Act funds, please fill out and submit the appropriate form linked below.

IMPORTANT: You may fill out only one form. If you received an email indicating that you are prequalified for funding, click on the “pre-qualified” button. If you received an email inviting you to apply for funding, click on the “other students” button. We will review all submitted forms carefully to ensure that you are receiving the funding you qualify for.

Please read the following additional information regarding the CARES Act funding carefully. If you have questions about CARES Act grant funding after reading this, contact the Financial Aid Office at or 618-453-4334.

  • Receiving CARES Act funds will not affect financial aid.
  • Once approved, funding will be directly deposited into your bank account. If you have not set up direct deposit with SIU, you can do so now through SalukiNet.
  • If funding is approved, it will be released within two weeks of your submission. We will notify you only if your request IS NOT approved.
  • Based upon our current understanding of the act, you will not be required to submit documentation of expenses at this time. However, it is possible that we may contact you for documentation in the future.
  • Funds are not considered taxable income.
  • Lost income due to the pandemic does not qualify for funding under the CARES Act.
  • CARES Act funds are not available to students who originally enrolled to take all courses online at the beginning of spring semester. Students who enrolled in at least one face-to-face course but switched to an alternative format due to COVID-19 are eligible for consideration.
  • Individuals who receive funds under the CARES Act may still apply for funding through Saluki Cares by filling out the Saluki Cares report form. However, our goal will be to serve the greatest number of students possible with all available funds, and need will continue to be a factor for Saluki Cares support.
Some students are not eligible to receive funds and did not receive an email. These students may still apply for alternative emergency funding through Saluki Cares by filling out the Saluki Cares report form.