08/2020 Update: The Student Assistance Fund is closed. Emergency requests only will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis. To request consideration, please email with an explanation of your circumstances. For consideration, you must be eligible for Title IV (federal) funding and enrolled in Fall 2020 classes. This page will be updated once funds designated with the CARES Act for direct-to-student grants have depleted.


During the second week of May 2020, grants were distributed to undergraduate students with a FAFSA on file and with appropriate financial need indicators. Over 7,000 students received $500 grants. 

CMU CARES Student Assistance Fund

Between May and July 2020, eligible students were able to request grant assistance by submitting an application for the Student Assistance Fund. Students of all levels, from undergraduate to doctoral, with Title IV eligibility were invited to apply. Students that received the $500 CMU CARES Grant were eligible to apply for additional assistance. Over 5,000 students received grants of varying amounts determined by application information. 

CMU CARES Fired up For Fall Grant

In July 2020, $425 grants were distributed to students of all levels enrolled by July 1, 2020 in fall 2020 classes, with an EFC of < $5,000 as calculated by the FAFSA. Over 3,000 students received $425 grants.

Eligibility Information

To qualify for CARES Act grant funding, students must meet, at minimum, the following criteria:

  • Be eligible for Title IV (federal grant and/or loan funding). 
    • You must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or eligible non-citizen
    • You must hold a valid Social Security number (some exceptions are allowed for students from the Freely Associated States).
    • You must hold a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a GED, or have completed a high school curriculum in an approved homeschool setting. 
    • You must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible degree or certificate program at CMU.
  • File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 
  • Be enrolled in a CMU main campus program which was in session or started on/after March 13, 2020.
  • Demonstrate financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the ability to meet certain expenses, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. These are the areas specifically outlined by the Department of Education's guidelines for award eligibility.
The U.S. Department of Education specifies that certain groups of students are ineligible to receive awards. This includes:

  • Online students.
  • Students without eligibility for Title IV (federal grant and/or loan funding).


CARES Act grants will not be applied to student account balances, even upon request. Per U.S. Department of Education guidelines, the full amount must be refunded directly to the student. When submitting your request, please also ensure that your refund method on file is correct. Visit the BankMobile website to verify. 

Note: if you are unable to access your online account or have questions about your refund method, contact BankMobile customer care at (877) 327-9515. For security purposes, CMU staff members do not have access to your account information. 

HEERF Reporting

5/22/2020: Initial 30-Day Report

7/6/2020: 45-Day Report

8/20/2020: 45-Day Report

Institutional Portion

7/10/2020: Report 1: Quarter ending 6/30/20*

*Revision posted 7/29/20