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CARES Act Emergency Grant

All CARES Act Emergency Grants have been disbursed. No funds remain.

 

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provides for emergency student grant funds to colleges and universities for certain expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis.  In accordance with guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, Butler will award CARES Act Emergency Grants in two phases:

  1. Prioritized funds to the highest need students - those who received Federal Pell Grant for the 2019–2020 academic year.
  2. By application.

Please click on the Application Information below to review information, check eligibility requirements, and to apply. Please note: funds are limited and maximums may apply.

 

Application Information

Eligible Expenses & Eligibility Requirements
  • CARES Act Emergency Grants are intended to assist ONLY with real expenses you have incurred as a disruption of your studies due to campus closure because of COVID-19.
  • Eligible expenses for the CARES Act Emergency Grant include:
    • Food
    • Housing
    • Travel
    • Course materials
    • Technology
    • Health care
    • Child care. 
  • Some examples of reasonable expenses that might be covered include:
    • Computer equipment, internet connectivity, books and supplies;
    • Payment of fees, interest, penalties, and deposits for labs, trips, subscriptions, and activities that have been cancelled due to COVID-19;
    • Travel expenses to return home;
    • Shipping and packing expenses related to securing your belongings;
    • Emergency childcare, housing, food, or vehicle expenses related to the crisis; or
    • Other expenses that are reasonably tied to the disruption of your education.
  • Items NOT eligible for the CARES Act Grants include:
    • Student account balances 
    • University charges (tuition, room, board, fees, etc.)
    • Replacement of lost income. 
  • Expenses from Monday, March 16 through the summer term may be included in this application. 
  • Funds are limited and maximum grant amounts may apply.
  • Students must be eligible for federal financial aid based on the Free Application for Federal Student (FAFSA). A completed 2019-2020 FAFSA must be on file for this application to be reviewed.
How to Apply
  • Apply here.

Post Application 

  • You should receive a response from the Office of Financial Aid within 3 - 5 business days via the email you provided on the application. 
  • Documentation of expenses may be requested prior to grant approval.
  • If your application is approved, funds will be disbursed directly to the student via check from the Office of Student Accounts mailed to the home address in my.butler.edu. Please confirm your home address for prompt delivery.

Reporting Requirements

CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for Butler University

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) allocated funds to colleges and universities to assist with COVID-19 related expenses. Butler University signed and submitted the Certification and Agreement form on May 1, 2020 to receive the $3M that was awarded to Butler. Approval was received May 10, 2020.

The CARES Act restricts at least fifty percent of those funds to be used for immediate emergency grants to students for certain expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis. Accordingly, $1.5M will be used for emergency financial aid grants dependent on student requests for these funds. Students must be Title IV (Federal student aid) eligible to receive these funds which encompasses 3000 undergraduate and graduate students at Butler University. 

Disbursement of CARES Act Emergency Grants
Date Check was Issued Number of Checks Issued Amount
5/11/2020 576 $826,900
5/19/2020 11 $7,839
5/26/2020 180 $204,132
6/2/2020 176 $236,262
6/9/2020 61 $75,571
6/16/2020 53 $74,236
6/23/2020 63 $75,060
6/30/2020 2 $2,652
Totals 1,122* $1,502,652

* This number represents the total number of checks issues. Some students have received muliple checks. Therefore, the 1,122 checks represents 1,001 unique students.

CARES Act Emergency Grant Awarding Methodology for Butler University

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provides for emergency student grant funds to colleges and universities for certain expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis.  In accordance with guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, Butler will award CARES Act Emergency Grants in two phases:

  1. Prioritized funds to the highest need students - those who received Federal Pell Grant for the 2019–2020 academic year.
  2. By application.
CARES Act Resources, Communications & Announcements

Online Resources

Communications & Announcements

  • May 12, 2020 - Pell Grant recipients automatically awarded received letter of explanation with funds
  • May 20, 2020 - Email sent to all students and parents inviting them to apply
  • May 21, 2020 - Email sent to spring 2020 study abroad students who were displaced due to campus closures due to COVID-19
  • June 3, 2020 - University announcement to faculty and staff explaining the CARES Act Emergency Grant
  • June 3, 2020 - Notification push from the Butler App
CARES Act Messaging

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provides for emergency student grant funds to colleges and universities for certain expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis.

  • CARES Act Emergency Grants are intended to assist ONLY with real expenses you have incurred as a disruption of your studies due to campus closure because of COVID-19.
  • Eligible expenses for the CARES Act Emergency Grant include:
    • Food
    • Housing
    • Travel
    • Course materials
    • Technology
    • Health care
    • Child care.
  • Some examples of reasonable expenses that might be covered include:
    • Computer equipment, internet connectivity, books and supplies;
    • Payment of fees, interest, penalties, and deposits for labs, trips, subscriptions, and activities that have been cancelled due to COVID-19;
    • Travel expenses to return home;
    • Shipping and packing expenses related to securing your belongings;
    • Emergency childcare, housing, food, or vehicle expenses related to the crisis; or
    • Other expenses that are reasonably tied to the disruption of your education.
  • Items NOT eligible for the CARES Act Grants include:
    • Student account balances 
    • University charges (tuition, room, board, fees, etc.)
    • Replacement of lost income. 
  • Expenses from Monday, March 16 through the summer term may be included in this application. 
  • Funds are limited and maximum grant amounts may apply.
  • Students must be eligible for federal financial aid based on the Free Application for Federal Student (FAFSA). A completed 2019-2020 FAFSA must be on file for this application to be reviewed.
  • You should receive a response from the Office of Financial Aid within 3 - 5 business days via the email you provided on the application. 

  • Documentation of expenses may be requested prior to grant approval.

  • If your application is approved, funds will be disbursed directly to the student via check from the Office of Student Accounts mailed to the home address in my.butler.edu. Please confirm your home address for prompt delivery.