Once the Lumberjack CARES Act Grant Form is complete, a direct deposit or check will be sent to you, within 7-10 days. Amount of the award is $400 or $500 and dependent upon Federal Pell Grant eligibility based on the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 FAFSA. Pell eligible, full-time students will receive $500, all other full-time students will receive $400.
Student must have a current (2019-2020) or future (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:
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 have emailed notifications to potentially eligible students. After you submit your CARES Act Grant request forms, grant money will be sent to you within 7-10 days.
The CARES Act Grant request form will be emailed to students who have FAFSAs on file. You will need to complete the form verifying that your direct deposit information and mailing address in your LOUIE account are correct, as well as answer one question that seeks to learn how your academic life has been affected by the pandemic. Students who do not receive an email may contact (844) 293-3159.
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.
We will hold a percentage of the remaining funds to assist with expenses for students who have been hardest hit by the effects of the pandemic. Late summer/early fall, we will launch an application process for these students. We will share more details as that process comes online.
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.