Information on this page was updated on 9/23/20 at 2:57 p.m.

Funds will be made available to undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students who were half time or above in spring 2020 semester and who are eligible for Title IV funds (see description below). The University excludes students who are enrolled in a distance learning program course of study per guidance from the Department of Education.

Student Financial Aid will use EFC data garnered from the 2019-20 FAFSA to create a tiered system for students with an EFC of zero up to $99,999. Depending on their qualifying coronavirus related expenses incurred, students can receive the entire amount for which they are eligible or a smaller amount that does not exceed their expenses. Students may also decline funds, which will then be repurposed for other students in need who meet all eligibility criteria.

All students must certify they incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. These include: food, housing, course materials, technology, health care or childcare costs.

Students who did not receive funds on the initial distribution and who complete a FAFSA by June 30 may be eligible for funding on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are exhausted.

U.S. Department of Education Eligibility Requirements for CARES funding:

  • These requirements will be verified by the University of Alabama through submitted FAFSA documents.
    • U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen
    • Valid Social Security number
    • Registered with Selective Service if the student is a male
    • Earned a high school diploma, GED or completed high school in an approved homeschool setting
    • Student is not in default on a Title IV loan
    • Certification of a statement of educational purpose
    • Student does not owe a refund on grants previously received at any college
    • Maintaining the minimum satisfactory academic progress standards
    • Student has not been convicted of a crime involving fraud in obtaining Federal financial aid
    • Student has not been convicted of a drug offense while receiving Federal financial aid