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CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I find the general disclosure for the CARES Act Emergency Grant?

    You may view the general disclosure statement by reviewing the Consumer and Safety Information page of the Financial Aid website by clicking here.  The section it's listed under is called Availability of Information.

  • What is the CARES Act?

    The CARES Act is federal legislation that provides a variety of financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. One part of this federal program has allocated money to the University of California, Riverside, and at least 50% of that allocation is required to be awarded to students who may be experiencing additional financial expenses due to Coronavirus COVID-19.

  • Who can qualify for CARES Act funding?

    Students who have financial hardship due to COVID-19 and are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. If a student has filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 the HEA. The criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include but are not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and being admitted to an eligible program of study.

  • Are AB540 or students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program eligible to receive CARES Act grants?

    Although DACA students are not eligible for this federal funding, the UC system and UC Riverside are committed to the support of our entire community. UCR plans to use institutional funding to provide an equal UC funded grant to our eligible enrolled Dreamers.

  • What kinds of expenses should the CARES grant payment be used to cover?

    If you received a CARE Grant to assist you with any expenses you have incurred (or will incur) related to the disruption of campus operations due to Coronavirus, please note that these expenses include, but are not necessarily limited to, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.  You may be asked to provide substantiation that such expenses were (1) related to Coronavirus-caused campus disruption, and (2) actually incurred and paid by you, and you should be prepared to provide such substantiation if ever requested.

  • How much will I qualify for?
    For Title IV Eligible Students
    Undergraduate Students
    Dependent Students with:
    EFC1 of $0 to $2,000 $900
    EFC1 of $2,000 to $5,777 $700
    Grant eligible students2 (not in above populations) $500
    All other students3 (not in above populations) $250
    Undergraduate Students
    Independent Students with:
    Children (student parents) $1,500
    EFC1 of $0 to $2,000 $1,000
    EFC1 of $2,000 to $5,777 $800
    Grant eligible students2 (not in above populations) $600
    All other students3 (not in above populations) $350
    Graduate Students with:
    Children (student parents) $1,500
    All other graduate students4 $550

    Notes:
    1 EFC is the Expected Family Contribution derived using FAFSA application
    2 Students who received Cal Grant and/or a UCR Grant
    3 A FAFSA is required in order to be eligible
    4 Can submit a FAFSA or an affidavit confirming Title IV eligibility

     

    For Dreamers/AB 540 Eligible Students
    Undergraduate Students
    Dependent Students with:
    EFC1 of $0 to $2,000 $900
    EFC1 of $2,000 to $5,777 $700
    Grant eligible students2 (not in above populations) $500
    All other students3 (not in above populations) $250
    Undergraduate Students
    Independent Students with:
    Children (student parents) $1,500
    EFC1 of $0 to $2,000 $1,000
    EFC1 of $2,000 to $5,777 $800
    Grant eligible students2 (not in above populations) $600
    All other students3 (not in above populations) $350
    Graduate Students with:
    Children (student parents) $1,500
    All other graduate students4 $550

    Notes:
    1 EFC is the Expected Family Contribution derived using CA DREAM Act application
    2 Students who received Cal Grant and/or a UCR Grant
    3 A CA DREAM Act Application is required in order to be eligible

  • How do I apply?

    Undergraduate students may apply by filing a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to have their eligibility evaluated.

    Graduate Students may apply using the link sent by the Financial Aid office to their UCR email to complete the online Federal CARES Act Grant Eligibility Affidavit form.

  • What are the deadlines to apply?

    Students must complete a FAFSA and submit any required documents no later than June 1 to qualify for a CARES Act grant payment.

  • What is the fastest way for eligible students to get the payment?

    The fastest way to receive your payment is to sign up for direct deposit by logging into your R'Web account, Student Account, Student Account Online, and selecting eRefund to sign up. Direct deposit processing is secure and a more efficient way to receive your refund. Be sure you have verified with your banking institution the correct ABA routing number and checking or savings account number. DO NOT USE YOUR DEBIT CARD ACCOUNT NUMBER FOR DIRECT DEPOSIT. Students on direct deposit should receive their refund payments within two to three business days after the grant is disbursed to their student account.

    Questions regarding direct deposit can be emailed to sbsofc@ucr.edu. Please be reminded, SBS is not taking phone calls at this time. Any questions or concerns you may have should be sent via email to sbsofc@ucr.edu.

  • Is there a way to sign up for direct deposit if I do not have a bank account?

    All UCR students who completed a FAFSA for 2019–20 have been automatically eligible to claim a myFSApay account which can be used to sign up for direct deposit and to manage your financial aid funds . To learn more, visit StudentAid.gov/myfsapay for details. Students who opt to participate in this program with receive a reloadable prepaid debit card that includes e-banking functionality through a website and a companion mobile app.

  • Does the CARES Act grant money need to be repaid?

    No, money received through this fund does not need to be repaid.

  • Would this funding reduce my current financial aid awards?

    No, this fund will not reduce or replace financial aid, and it is a one-time grant.

Federal School Code: 001316