Once the Lumberjack CARES Act Grant Application Form is complete, a direct deposit or check will be sent to you. The amount dispersed is dependent upon your 2020-2021 FAFSA and expenses explained on the application.
Student must have a current 2020-2021 academic year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file to confirm eligibility for the Lumberjack CARES Act Grant.
Students must be Title IV eligible under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act requiring institutions to confirm eligibility of the following items:
Determined from information on the FAFSA:
More information about the CARES Act and Student eligibility can be found here.
Students not eligible include:
If you are eligible to receive the Lumberjack CARES Act Grant, funds will be distributed to the direct deposit you have on file in LOUIE, or a live check will be sent to the mailing address you have on file in LOUIE. To check or update your information in LOUIE, login in here.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund, which affords the opportunity for NAU to provide emergency grants to students to help defray expenses related to COVID-19. There is additional funding for universities for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.
NAU applied for funding from the federal U.S. Department of Education based on the guidelines in the CARES Act. We received funding on May 6, 2020 and dispersed 52% of the funds in the spring and summer. The remaining funds will be disbursed during the fall.
The CARES Act Grant Application link will be emailed to students who have FAFSAs on file. You will need to confirm your direct deposit information and mailing address in your LOUIE account are correct, as well as complete the application form in its entirety.
Eligible expenses could include a variety of expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on your academics. Some potential examples are: money spent for unanticipated travel, emergency child care due to extended school closures, and technology expenses.
No. According to the IRS: Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as unexpected expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or childcare, are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. This grant is not includible in your gross income.
No. Grants are a type of financial assistance that do not need to be repaid.
No, this fund does not negate or replace financial aid. It is a one-time grant.
Yes. CARES grant funds will be sent directly to you even if you have a balance on your account. This grant does not require your account to be at a $0 balance.
NAU will receive a second, different, institutional grant through the CARES Act. NAU will use these institutional funds to recover costs associated with the significant changes brought on by the global pandemic.