COVID-19 Emergency Aid Application

Update 6/1/20: The COVID-19 Emergency Aid Application is now closed.  As of 6/1/2020, 2,088 Lamar University students have been awarded a total of $2,363,619 in emergency aid. Previously submitted request will be reviewed and awarded in the order applications were received, until funding has been exhausted.  Once funding is exhausted, applicats will be placed on a waitlist in the order of receipt and considered if additional funding becomes available.

Update 5/20/20: As of 5/20/2020, 1,433 Lamar University students have been awarded a total of $1,604,476 in emergency aid.

The COVID-19 Emergency Aid Application will close 6/1/2020 at 5 pm. Requests are reviewed and awarded in the order applications are received. If funding is exhausted, applications will be placed on a waitlist in the order of receipt and considered if additional funding becomes available.

Emergency grants are available to assist students who were impacted by COVID-19 and need financial assistance. These one-time grants will be made available on a first come, first served basis, dependent on funding. This application supports consideration for two funding sources: The Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under Section 18004 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Cardinal Emergency Fund.  

In addition to existing resources, Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act which provides Lamar University with an additional $3.5 million in grant aid to assist students (undergraduate and graduate) who have financial impact from this pandemic. Per updated guidance from the Department of Education, you must have a 2019-2020 FAFSA on file for consideration of CARES Act Funds. Those who do not meet qualifications for CARES Act funds will be considered for other university funds, depending on availability.  

Due to volume, applications will be reviewed in 7-10 business days once final guidance has been received from the Department of Education. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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). 
  • Be currently enrolled in a face to face degree-seeking or certificate program for Spring 2020 (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, students must have a 2019-2020 FAFSA online. Students who are not eligible to file a FAFSA will be considered for funding through the Cardinal Emergency Fund.  

 

 

How do I apply?

The application closed at 5:00 P.M. on 6/1/2020.  

 

 

 

 

When will I 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 7-10 business days of 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.