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The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted many daily routines, and some have found themselves in distressing predicaments. To help alleviate that stress, the University of South Dakota has launched the USD Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, an emergency aid program for students who may be experiencing difficulties with expenses related to COVID-19 campus disruptions.

USD CARES Act Reports

Eligibility

To qualify, you must meet all the following eligibility requirements to qualify for a USD CARES Act grant, including:

  • Classify as a USD student taking the majority of classes at a physical USD campus or remote site (i.e., USD Community College for Sioux Falls). This includes students whose on-campus classes transitioned to remote instruction due to COVID-19.
  • Demonstrate the expenses related to disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, health care and child-care expenses. (Note: coronavirus was declared a national emergency on March 13, 2020).
  • Be in good academic standing and maintaining satisfactory academic progress with the university.
  • Be otherwise eligible for Title IV aid as required by the CARES Act, which is determined by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you have not yet filed a FAFSA, you will need to complete one in order to verify eligibility.

Applications should take approximately five minutes to complete. As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide:

  • Name and Student ID
  • Brief descriptions on how you have been impacted related to food, housing, course materials, health care and child-care expenses.
  • Demonstrate the expenses related to disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, health care and child-care expenses (Note: coronavirus was declared a national emergency on March 13, 2020).

Qualifying students/families with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $8,500 or less may receive up to a $1,500 grant per student. Qualifying students/families with an EFC of more than $8,500 may receive up to a $750 grant per student.

Information Provided by the University of South Dakota to Students Regarding the CARES Act Funding

  • Students were notified of the availability of CARES Act funding through an email communication to their official university account. The communication outlined the purpose and amount paid and provided a link to the application.
  • Students were reminded of CARES Act funding availability through texts in partnership with the Academic & Career Planning Center through Coyote Connections.
  • Faculty and staff were also notified through an email communication to their official university account.
  • USD announced the CARES Act program to the public through a press release.