COVID-19 Emergency Aid Application


Application  Update as of 9/25/2020 All CARES funding has been awarded.  Should additional funding become available, students will continue to be awarded in order of receipt.   

Who can apply? 

Currently enrolled full-time and part-time students (including graduate students) can apply to the university for funding to offset expenses incurred related to the disruption from the coronavirus (COVID-19).  

To be eligible for the higher education emergency relief funding, students must: 

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (i.e., eligible to receive federal Title IV aid). 
  • If seeking assistance for Spring 20, you must be enrolled in a face to face degree-seeking or certificate program for Spring 2020 semester.  If seeking assistance for Fall 2020, you must be enrolled in a face to face degree-seeking or certificate program for the Fall 2020 semester (i.e., online-only students are not eligible).    
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. 
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe an overpayment on any federal grant. 
  • Have a high school diploma or GED. 
  • Have a valid Social Security number. 
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if required). 
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale 

*Your actual eligibility will be based on the above requirements and your answers to the supplemental questions. The award amount will depend on the number of applicants and the availability of funds. 

How do I qualify? 

To qualify for this emergency grant, you must be Title IV eligible and have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. To be considered for Spring 2020, students must have a 2019-2020 FAFSA on file  To be considered for Fall 2020, student must have a 2020-2021 FAFSA on file.  Students who are not eligible to file a FAFSA will be considered for funding through the Cardinal Emergency Fund.   

How do I apply? 

Students can complete an applicationindicating their needs to be considered for emergency grant funding. We are also asking faculty and staff members who know of students needing help to direct them to the application form.

COVID-19 Emergency Aid Application

For more information, contact the Office of  
Financial Aid and Scholarships at 409.880.8450 or 

When will we know the results? 

Our goal is to award emergency grants as soon as possible. You will be notified of the result of our review either way within 3-4 weeks from submission.  

How will I be notified? 

You will be notified via your Lamar University email of the result of the review of your application. 

How will I get my grant funds? 

  • CARES Funding will be refunded to your Cardinal One Card to be used for necessary expenses.  
  • If your Cardinal One Card refund preferences have not been set up, please log into the BankMobile website and set up your preferences.  
  • If you do not have a Cardinal One Card, a check will be mailed to your permanent address. So, be sure your permanent address is current with the University through your self-service banner portal. 

What are the grant amounts? 

Grant amounts will be determined based on the number of applications received, availability of funds, and the specific needs for which assistance is requested. Lamar University cannot guarantee that all applicants will be selected for funding. 

What if I owe Lamar University for tuition or other expenses? 

If awarded, the full amount of the emergency grant will be disbursed directly to you. It will not, for example, be applied to any outstanding balance with the university. 

Will an emergency grant negatively affect my financial aid for this year or next year? 

No. This grant will not impact your current or future financial aid awards.