CARES Act

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provides one-time funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted due to COVID-19. The availability of this award is not continuous.

To fulfill the Department of Education’s guidance, USC Upstate will be issuing grants to students across all levels as determined by the FAFSA, with amounts ranging from $250 to $1000. Pell Grant recipients will receive $500 or $1000, dependent upon hours enrolled, and all other eligible students will receive $250 - $650, dependent upon hours enrolled. The grants must be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). The grants may not fully cover the expenses a student has incurred due to the disruption.

The grants were awarded to students that met the following criteria:

  • USC Upstate has received an official 2019-2020 FAFSA of May 12, 2020
  • Enrolled degree-seeking for spring 2020 term as of May 12, 2020
  • Not enrolled exclusively in online classes.
  • Meet Title IV Federal Financial Aid eligibility requirements
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements

In October, any CARES funding that had been declined, or never accepted by awardees, was reallocated to students who accepted an initial CARES award and maintained eligibility for Title IV federal student financial aid.  This additional award was $272 per recipient. The grants must be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). The grants may not fully cover the expenses a student has incurred due to the disruption.         


Reporting

All documents are in PDF format. 

CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants Reporting 05-19-2020 

CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants Reporting 06-30-2020 

CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants Reporting 8-15-2020 

CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants Reporting 09-30-2020 

CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants Reporting 12-31-2020.pdf