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EIU Office of Financial Aid

CARES Act
COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid Grant

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.

Student Eligibility

  1. Students must meet Title IV eligibility requirements in order to receive an emergency financial aid grant. This will be determined for Spring or Summer 2020 through submission of a 2019-2020 FAFSA and for Fall 2020 through submission of a 2020-2021 FAFSA.
  2. International and undocumented students are not eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants.
  3. Students who were enrolled exclusively in online programs on March 13, 2020, are not eligible.

How to Apply

  1. Students requesting assistance for Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 must submit this online form - the deadline to submit is Aug. 1, 2020.
    • Applications for Fall 2020 will be available Aug. 1, 2020.
  2. In addition to the application, supporting documentation must be submitted to our secure drop box.
    • Document file names must include student name and E#.
  3. Students will be notified via PAWS or Panthermail of application processing through a message on their Financial Aid account.
  4. Grant Funds will be issued by direct payment through Student Accounts. No funding can be applied to an outstanding student balance. We recommend direct deposit: https://www.eiu.edu/busofc/bursar_directdeposit.php.
  5. The deadline for Spring or Summer 2020 is Aug. 1, 2020. The deadline for Fall 2020 is Dec. 1, 2020.

Additional Information and FAQs

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting - Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

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.

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Contact Information

Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Student Services Building East Wing
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-6405
Fax: (217) 581-6422
finaid@eiu.edu

Office Hours

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-F


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