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​The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). The fund provides $7.1 million to help DePaul students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

A CARES Act emergency fund application will be available to eligible students soon. Because funding is limited, eligible students are encouraged to apply as soon as they receive the email application. Funds will be disbursed in the coming weeks.​​

The university will be sending applications to students that meet the Department of Education's initial funding eligibility requirements. According to the Department of Education, students are eligible to apply for a grant if they have completed a FAFSA and were enrolled in what were intended to be face-to-face classes as of March 13, 2020.​​

​The Department of Education announced that students who were already enrolled in online-only programs or are not eligible for Title IV aid​ (federal student financial aid) are not eligible for CARES grants.

Yes, DePaul is required to document that you had a COVID-19 expense. If you are eligible, you will receive an email with a link to the two-question online application form. This form must be completed and submitted by June 15, 2020. The email will be sent by Educational Computing Services, Inc. (ECSI), our third-party servicer. For the purpose of contacting you, DePaul will share your preferred email address on Campus Connect with ECSI.​

​You must have a processed FAFSA application on file. If you have not filed a FAFSA, you can go to Funds are limited. Therefore students who have not yet completed FAFSA should do so no later than June 15, 2020 to be considered.

​Yes, to receive funding you must meet federal eligibility requirements​, which begins with the FAFSA application. To expedite your consideration for these funds, please make sure you don't have outstanding FAFSA or financial aid related items on your To Do List in Campus Connect that would prevent your consideration to receive these limited funds.

Yes, the Department of Education requirements state that you must meet federal eligibility requirements in order to receive the grant, including meeting SAP.​

This application is for COVID-related expenses incurred as a result of the campus closure during the period March 13 through June 1, 2020. Expenses could include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child-care, and other expenses as a result of classes needing to be moved off campus.​

Funding is limited. Requests will be considered until the funding has been exhausted.​ 

Applications will be reviewed through June 15, 2020, and processed as quickly as possible. Funding is limited, therefore you should complete the application as quickly as possible. Funds will be disbursed in the coming weeks. 

Students who complete the application and become officially eligible will receive a grant of $500.​

A notification will be sent to your preferred email address from our vendor ECSI.​​

​Funds will be disbursed in the coming weeks.​ Please note we are restricted from applying these funds to your student account to pay against outstanding or future tuition and related charges. Funds will be sent directly to you.​

Any federal funds issued as COVID-19 emergency relief will not count towards financial aid. ​

Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as unexpected expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, and health care or child-care, are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. This grant is not includible in your gross income, according to the IRS.​

​If you have more questions, please contact DePaul Central at or (312) 362-8610.

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