Coastal CARES Student Emergency Fund
The Coastal CARES Student Emergency Fund will be used to provide emergency grants to assist qualifying students who have experienced hardships as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. These funds will be available to supplement amounts already disbursed in parts 1 and 2 of the Coastal CARES grant, and will address unexpected emergency expenses related to cost of attendance (i.e., food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, child care, etc). Other needs will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Q&A about Coastal CARES Student Emergency Fund
Who qualifies for the Coastal CARES Emergency Fund grants?
In alignment with guidelines provided by the U.S. Department of Education and the University System of Georgia, students must meet all of the following qualifications to be eligible to receive grant funding:
- Full or part-time Coastal Georgia students not exclusively enrolled in on-line courses at the institution as of March 13, 2020
- Students who have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-2020 academic year and qualify for Title IV funds. This typically means you have completed your FAFSA and were notified by the Financial Aid Office that you are eligible to receive federal loans/grants.
Under these guidelines, students who are classified as Transient, non-degree seeking, Dual Enrollment, or those who were enrolled entirely on-line as of March 13, 2020, do not qualify for the grant.
I didn't qualify for part 1 or 2 of the Coastal CARES Grant Program. Do I qualify for the Emergency Fund portion of the program?
Unfortunately, no. Because the funds for the Coastal CARES program are coming from the same source, students must qualify for Parts 1 and/or 2 of the grant to qualify for the CARES emergency funds. If you do not qualify for CARES funds and still have needs, you may qualify for the College of Coastal Georgia Emergency Fund. Click HERE to access that application or visit HERE. For more information about resources, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at email@example.com or (912) 279-4594.
How do I apply?
Students apply for Emergency Fund grants through an online application process. A narrative explaining the need, how the requested amount will be used to supplement Coastal CARES grants already received, and supporting documentation will be required.
What can the funds be used for?
Emergency funds are be available to supplement amounts already disbursed in parts 1 & 2 of the Coastal CARES grant and will address unexpected emergency expenses related to cost of attendance (i.e. food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, & child care, etc.).
How much should I expect?
Award amounts will be determined based on the request, demonstration of need through the application and supporting documentation, and availability of funds (average $500).
What do I need for my application?
Students will be asked to submit a detailed statement and supporting documentation addressing the following:
- How the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your ability to cover the cost of attendance at the College of Coastal Georgia. As a reminder, cost of attendance includes expenses related to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, & child care.
- Specific reason you are requesting funding above the amount you have already received in Parts 1 and/or 2 of the Coastal CARES grant.
What do you consider good examples of supporting documentation?
Examples of supporting documentation you should consider attaching to your application may include, but are not limited to, copies of bills/invoices/receipts; letters of support; notices of unemployment/reduced hours, etc.
Please ensure the documentation has as much information listed as possible (names, dates, services, amounts, etc.). Applications with clear, supporting documentation are processed faster than those without this type of information. If you have questions about what might qualify, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (912) 279-5722.
If I receive emergency funds, will I have to pay them back?
No. The Coastal CARES Emergency Funds are made possible by the funds received from the federal government as a result of the CARES Act passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 13, 2020. It is not a loan, and you will not have to pay these funds back.
Who is making the decision about the grants?
The Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management is responsible for oversight of the program and has appointed a campus committee to solicit, review, and award dollars to students.
What is the Emergency Fund Review Committee's timeline?
The Emergency Fund Review Committee meets twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays). The deadline for review is 8am on Mondays and Wednesdays prior to the meeting. The Committee will notify students of their decision within 48 hours of the committee meeting. All requests and awards will be tracked and recorded by Financial Aid for student retention monitoring and reporting purposes.
How do I access the application?
To apply for the Coastal CARES Student Emergency fund, click here.