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Important Update:

Campus buildings reopened to the public effective July 1. Services are available virtually or by appointment only. Visitors should reach out to individual departments regarding appointments. Masks and social distancing are required while on campus. To learn more about current operations, view the university's summer reopening plan

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), directs institutions of higher education to use no less than 50% of the funds allocated under the act to provide emergency financial aid grants to eligible students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. These emergency financial aid grants are expressly limited under the act to students’ “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care)."

The criteria for determining a student’s eligibility for such emergency grants have been established in recent weeks by the U.S. Department of Education.  UCO intends to distribute the emergency financial aid grants in accordance with the statutory limitations under the act and eligibility requirements established by the Department of Education.  In the coming days, UCO will send emails to all students regarding eligibility for the emergency financial aid grants and directions for eligible students to apply for a grant.

  1. Students who completed a 2019/2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will receive a simple application to complete to request CARES Act assistance.
  2. Students determined to be ineligible for federal grants under U.S. Department of Education regulations will receive an email explaining the basis of their ineligibility for CARES Act assistance.  Examples include concurrent students, international students, undocumented students, non-degree seeking students, students who dropped or withdrew prior to March 13, 2020, students ineligible for Title IV funding and students enrolled in programs that are 100% online.
  3. Students who are not excluded but did not complete a 2019/2020 FAFSA may be eligible for CARES Act funding, although the requirements for doing so have not been issued by the Department of Education.  These students are advised to begin the process of completing a 2020/2021 FAFSA to possibly expedite the process