NOTE: As of 2/12/2021, CARES Act Emergency Grants are no longer available.
The CARES Act Student Emergency Grants were intended to aid students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus (COVID19). These eligible expenses included expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare.
The maximum one-time award amount from the fund was $1,000 per student. Eligibility requirements were based on federal guidelines and requirements as provided in the CARES Act.
Eligibility Requirements to apply (as updated in January 2021)
- Must be a new or returning student actively enrolled for Spring Semester 2021 at Ridgewater College
- Must not received previous emergency grant funding from the CARES Emergency Grant Fund (up to $1000 lifetime maximum)
- Are not enrolled as Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) or Concurrent Enrollment/College in the Schools, Senior Citizens, employer-paid students, DACA/undocumented students, or Dually Enrolled** **Dually enrolled students are defined as students who are enrolled at another Minnesota State college or university and taking a class at Ridgewater.
- Are taking one or more courses during Spring Semester 2021 which would have normally been offered face-to-face that are now being delivered in an online or hybrid delivery mode and/or are taking courses which a face-to-face component during Spring Semester 2021. (Course schedules will be checked in our review process)
- Must meet eligibility requirements to apply for financial aid through the FAFSA process: (1) Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen (including a U.S. national or permanent resident) and have a valid Social Security number; (2) Have a high school diploma or GED certificate; (3) Be enrolled or accepted as a student in an eligible degree or certificate program.
Student were asked but not required to provide supporting documentation of eligible expenses with their application. Turnaround time to process a student’s app and provide an award determination was within 8-10 business days of submitting their application.
To access the application, students needed to log in with their [email protected] and StarID password. Don’t know your StarID or Password? Visit starid.minnstate.edu for assistance. (The link to the online application was removed from this page on 2/12/21).
- Prior CARES Act Emergency Grant Eligibility Requirements
Prior to Monday, August 17, 2020 the eligibility requirements for the CARES Act Emergency Grant were as follows:
A student is eligible to apply for a Cares Act Emergency Grant if he/she, as of March 6, 2020 (preCOVID19), was:
- Enrolled in at least one face-to-face course for credit at Ridgewater College (Spring Semester 2020)
- Eligible to apply for financial aid
- Not PSEO or concurrent enrollment status, dually enrolled in more than one Minnesota State college, DACA/undocumented students, or a Senior Citizen
- Not a recipient of employer-paid funding to cover tuition and fees
- Not currently incarcerated
- Questions on the CARES Act Emergency Grant?
If you have questions regarding the CARES Act Emergency Grant application please reach out to [email protected].