If you are a current Fairmont State student facing financial hardships as a result of COVID-19 you may qualify to receive CARES Act funding. Fairmont State University has received additional funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist students facing financial hardships as a result of COVID-19.
Based on the latest guidance available from the Department of Education, in order to be eligible to receive a CARES Act grant, you must be Title IV eligible and among the neediest students based on financial need. For the University to determine your eligibility, you must: *
- Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Be eligible for Title IV aid (e.g. Pell, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Work Study, etc.) for the 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
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.
If you have not completed your FAFSA for the 2020-2021 academic year and you wish to apply, you may do so now. You may complete your FAFSA online.
Fairmont State is committed to working with you to complete this process. If you have any questions about the FAFSA or you need assistance with a portion of the FAFSA process please contact Financial Aid Services at email@example.com or 304-367-4141.
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 intends to use $1,713,280 to provide emergency grants to assist students. These funds are to be distributed to eligible students who complete an application and have 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 meet the eligibility requirements provided by the U.S. Department of Education may be awarded a one-time emergency grant of $750 for full-time students (enrolled in at least 12 credit hours) and $500 for part-time (enrolled in 6-11 credit hours). It was estimated that 2,693 students were eligible for the first allocation of CARES Act funds. The chart below shows statistics regarding actual disbursements. As of December 31, 2020, Fairmont State had awarded 100% of the first allocation of funds under the CARES Act.
Fairmont State received notice of an additional allocation of funding under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) on January 19, 2021. The amount of additional funding received was $1,713,280. Students who meet the eligibility requirements provided by the U.S. Department of Education may be awarded a one-time emergency grant of $800 for students with an EFC between 0-5,711 and $600 for students with an EFC between 5,712-12,000. An estimated 2,516 students will be eligible to apply for the emergency grant. Should there be sufficient funds in the future, additional opportunities may be available. The deadline to apply for the CARES ACT Emergency Grant will be March 15, 2021.
After submitting this request form, the Office of Financial Aid will review your information, contact you with next steps (if necessary), and make a final determination of your eligibility to receive CARES Act emergency funds.
While the University will make every effort to accommodate all students facing financial hardships, due to the limited availability of CARES Act funds and the evolving nature of guidance from the Department of Education, submitting this request form does not guarantee approval for a CARES Act Grant. If the Office of Financial Aid cannot provide you with this type of grant though, we will make every effort to assist you through further guidance and support.
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).
|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|
|1656||2342||$1,713,280||January 10, 2021||December 31, 2020|
|1858||3267||$2,413,080||April 9, 2021||March 31, 2021|
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:
- Institutional Reporting for Quarter ended September 30, 2020
- Institutional Reporting for Quarter ended December 31, 2020
- Institutional Reporting for Quarter ended March 31, 2021
*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.