Emergency Funding for COVID-19 Disruptions
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency grants to students whose educational expenses were impacted by the Coronavirus public health emergency (COVID-19).
Kean University will award one-time grants to eligible applicants. To qualify, you must:
- Have been enrolled as a Kean student in good academic standing at the time the national emergency was declared in the U.S.;
- Have experienced a financial challenge(s) during the Spring 2020 semester based on disruptions to campus operations caused by COVID-19; and
- Meet the basic eligibility requirements to receive Federal Student Aid. If you haven’t already, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for either the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year.
Based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, the following students are ineligible for emergency grants:
- International and Undocumented (DACA) students - not considered eligible noncitizens under the basic requirements for Federal Student Aid.
- Kean Online students - no disruption in campus operations if enrolled in an exclusively online program.
To apply, please log in to KeanWISE and complete the online CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Application, located under the Financial Aid Self Service link. You will receive notice of your eligibility within seven business days of applying. Eligible applicants will receive additional information on viewing their award and receiving the funds.
Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are exhausted. The deadline to apply for the CARES Act Grant is June 30, 2020, or at an earlier date if/when funds are exhausted. Award amounts vary by student and to each student’s unique circumstances. The University is committed to distributing the CARES Act funds it has received expeditiously to as many eligible students in need as possible.
For frequently-asked questions about the CARES Act Grant, click here.
Click here to view a full report of funds distributed.