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CARES Act and HEERF Information

Columbus State University Announces CARES ACT 2 Grants to Students

Students,

Congress recently approved the second phase of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which includes direct monetary grants to qualified college students, to help offset financial challenges caused by the disruption in campus operations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Columbus State University will be awarding grant amounts based on each student's eligibility status. The amount of award is determined by the number of credit hours (capped at 15 credit hours) in which students were enrolled as of March 25, 2021, and their Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by students' responses to the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). CSU anticipates disbursement of the funds by March 31.

"We recognize these funds may not be enough to address all of the hardships faced by all students. Still, we hope that these resources reduce the burdens faced by a number of them. All of us at Columbus State University understand how challenging and stressful this time is for everyone, and we appreciate their patience as we navigate these difficult times together," said Chris Markwood, CSU president.


HEERF III Eligibility Status

In accordance with federal guidelines and with approval from the University of System of Georgia, Columbus State University is providing funds through HEERF III Student Grant Aid to eligible students.

Eligibility status is in one of the following categories:

Eligible for funds
Students enrolled at CSU in the fall 2021 semester as of November 4, 2021, who have submitted a 2021-22 FAFSA.
Not eligible for funds at this time
Students enrolled at CSU in the fall 2021 semester as of November 4, 2021, who have not completed the FAFSA but rather complete and submit this DocuSign application by November 21, 2021 and are selected. This DocuSign application is not the FAFSA and will not grant consideration for any funding other than the HEERF III funds.
Not eligible for funds
Students are not eligible for funds if they are only enrolled in continuing education courses.

Students whose EFC (as determined by the FAFSA) is less than $5,712 will receive $94.35 per credit hour (capped at 15 credit hours).

Students whose EFC (as determined by the FAFSA) is more than $5,711 will receive $57.81 per credit hour (capped at 15 credit hours).

Students who have not completed a 2021-22 FAFSA, may complete this DocuSign application by November 21, 2021 to be considered for $45.83 per credit hours (capped at 15 credit hours).


Distribution Details

Summer 2021

(based on actual enrollment)

  • Amount Distributed: $562,649.10
  • Eligible Students: 2612
  • Eligible Credit Hours: 16,570

Spring 2021

(based on actual enrollment)

  • Amount distributed: $2,141, 321.94
  • Eligible Students: 5,667
  • Eligible Credit Hours: 62,234

Students whose EFC is less than $5,712 will receive $37.26 per credit hour (capped at 15 credit hours). Students whose EFC is more than $5,711 will receive $28.56 per credit hour (capped at 15 credit hours). The CSU plan is in accordance with federal guidelines and has approval from the University System of Georgia.


Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) Fund Information

Information related to the expenditure of the Institutional Portion of CARES Act Funding can be found on the following Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reports.

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