CARES Act II Student Funding

Program Information

Recently, the federal government made additional funds available to colleges and universities to help address financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Central Michigan University will receive approximately $7 million from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, also known as CARES Act II, to assist students during these challenging times. 

Eligibility 

Support will be provided to CMU students who meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Enrolled at least half-time as of March 9, 2021, which is defined as:
    • Undergraduate students with at least 6 credit hours of enrollment.
    • Graduate students with at least 5 credit hours of enrollment. 
  • Submit the acknowledgement form by Tuesday, April 20th. 

Note: A 2020-2021 FAFSA is not required to qualify.

Other than eligible non-citizens, the Department of Education stipulates that international students are not eligible to receive emergency grants from this fund.  

Funding

After completing the acknowledgement form, students will receive funds within 14 business days for this one-time award. Students with Pell Grant eligibility will receive approximately $600, while all other students will receive approximately $500.

Refunds

Students have the option of applying funds directly to their account balance, and the remaining funds, if any, will process as a refund. If a student does not have an account balance, the funds will automatically process as a refund. 

When submitting the ackowledgement form, students should also ensure that their refund method is on file and current to ensure a timely electronic deposit. Direct deposit refunds are facilitated by BankMobile. 

Questions about a refund method may be directed to BankMobile customer care at (877) 327-9515. For security purposes, CMU staff members do not have access to students' direct deposit account information.

Contact

Questions may be sent by email to cmucaresact@cmich.edu. Please allow 2-3 business days for response.