Fairmont State University Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act enacted by Congress in March of 2020 provided Fairmont State with limited emergency funds to assist students facing financial need as a result of COVID-19.  Fairmont State signed the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CARES Act on April 9, 2020, submitted it to the U.S. Department of Education on April 11, 2020, received approval on April 27, 2020, and has used the full amount received, $1,713,280, to provide emergency grants to assist students. These funds were distributed to eligible students who completed an application and experienced a COVID-19 related expense due to the disruption of campus operations, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, child care, medical and travel expense.

Students who met the eligibility requirements provided by the U.S. Department of Education were awarded emergency grants of $750 for full-time students and $500 for part-time. An estimated 2,694 students were eligible to apply for the emergency grant. Based on the latest guidance available from the Department of Education, in order to be eligible to receive a CARES Act grant, students were required to be Title IV eligible. The University used the following criteria to determine eligibility: *

  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 academic year, depending upon the round being applied for.
  • Be eligible for Title IV aid (e.g. Pell, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Work Study, etc.) for the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 award year
  • Be an eligible citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be registered with the Selective Service (if born male)
  • Not be in default on a prior student loan or owe a grant overpayment
  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Not be enrolled in a degree program offered solely online.
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (defined as 6 credit hours or more)
  • Be admitted as a regular, degree-seeking student

*This information is based on the latest guidance available from the Department of Education and may not be the final update to how the government requires the University to distribute the funds. Fairmont State continues to seek guidance from the federal government and will notify students and families as soon as possible of any further changes.

Fairmont State University is required to report to the U.S. Department of Education the number of students awarded 30 days from the day of receiving notification of the award and then every 45 days thereafter until the funds are depleted. Fairmont State received updated reporting requirements on September 23, 2020, requiring a report be submitted on the 10th of the month following the end of the quarter (April 10th, July 10, September 10th, and January 10th).

Number of CARES Act Grants awarded per reporting date:

Total Number of Students Awarded Total Number of Awards Total Amount of Awards Reporting Date Reporting Period
504 504 $367,250 May 27, 2020 May 27, 2020
800 800 $583,500 July 13, 2020 July 13, 2020    
942 942 $687,250 August 27, 2020 August 27, 2020    
1584 2250 $1,645,500 October 10, 2020 September 30, 2020
      January 10, 2021 December 31, 2020


On September 23, 2020, Fairmont State was advised of reporting requirements regarding the institutional portion of the CARES Act funding it received. Please find the link(s) below to the required reporting:

*The information provided regarding CARES Act funding is based on the latest guidance available from the Department of Education. However, the Department of Education sets the criteria for distribution of CARES Act funding, and the University will update and follow this guidance as the information becomes available.​