CARES Act relief for students


The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of college students in profound and unexpected ways. Many have lost jobs, housing and other resources which make it difficult for them to continue their studies.

Along with other higher education institutions, the University of Utah will receive $18.5 million in funding from the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act to provide financial assistance to many of these students.

Half of the university’s federal emergency aid funding is dedicated to undergraduate support. Based on guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education, university leaders have outlined a plan for how that money will be disbursed. To qualify, students must have completed an application for federal student aid (FAFSA).

“This funding is meant to provide a lifeline to undergraduates who are experiencing extreme financial hardships,” said Dan Reed, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “The university is acting as a conduit from the federal government to individuals in need.”

Funds will be available in two categories stemming from financial needs created as a result of COVID 19:

  • Need-based funding (Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 enrollment)
  • Technology/Book funding (Summer 2020 semester only)

Reed emphasized that undergraduates and graduate students who do not fall within the guidelines above may still apply for scholarships or student emergency grants outside of CARES Act funding.