- Applying for Aid
- Types of Aid
Due to the high volume of applications received, please allow at least 2-3 weeks processing. Please ensure documentation is submitted at the time of application to avoid delays. Thank you.
The recent implementation of the CARES Act has allowed institutions to establish COVID-19 emergency programs in order to provide emergency financial aid grants to students currently enrolled for Spring or Summer 2020 semester with extraordinary one-time education-related costs that have arisen as a result of disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will also apply to students for the Fall 2020 semester given the uncertainty and disruption of normal university practices and timelines as well as financial hardships experienced by families as a result of COVID-19.
The intent of the funding is to support students experiencing a temporary financial hardship for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. The COVID-19 emergency financial aid grants are limited and not intended to provide ongoing relief.
Emergency financial aid grants may be requested for emergency support for expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare as it relates to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus for the remainder of the spring semester, summer semester, and for planning for the upcoming fall semester.
Emergency financial aid grants will be awarded in accordance with federal, state and institutional rules and regulations. Please note that students are asked to provide documentation of their situation. This could include third-party statements, bills, receipts, or other information verifying need. The highest level of sensitivity and privacy will be given to all requests.
If approved, you will receive the financial aid grant as a direct refund, meaning it will be disbursed out of your student account. We recommend that you have direct deposit information in your student account so that you may receive the grant quickly once disbursed. Please contact Student Accounts (217-581-3715) to verify your information or complete the following form to establish direct deposit: https://www.eiu.edu/busofc/bursar_directdeposit.php.
Eastern Illinois University (EIU) has signed and returned the Certification for the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. EIU will use at least 50% of the CARES Act money to fund student grants.
EIU anticipates receiving $4,506,779 of CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief funding. $2,253,390 will be used for grants to students.
We have distributed grants totaling $1,457,430.00 to the students as of May 20, 2020 under 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
We estimate that 3633 students are eligible to receive a CARES Act grant under Section 484 of Title IV.
3633 students have received grants under 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
Students that are eligible for the grants are those that are degree seeking, eligible under Title IV as determined by the filing and acceptance of a 19/20 FAFSA and not enrolled in an online program for Spring 2020. In Phase 1, each eligible student will receive $30.00 per enrolled Spring semester credit hour as of May 12, 2020. In Phase 2, students that meet the eligibility requirements, will be permitted to apply for another grant. The total of the Phase 1 and Phase 2 grants may not exceed $1000.00.
Students seeking a Phase 2 grant to support expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare as it relates to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus may complete this application.