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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

UMass Dartmouth will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all undergraduate and graduate students who wish to live, learn, or physically come to campus before the start of the Fall 2021 semester. UMass Dartmouth also strongly encourages and recommends that all faculty and staff be fully vaccinated before the start of the fall semester. Visit our Vaccination Information website to learn more. Visit VaxFinder.mass.gov to find an appointment near you.

Applying for Stimulus Funding

Summer Applications

Summer Applications are being accepted now

Fall Applications

Fall Applications are being accepted now

The Federal Government has authorized Stimulus Funding specifically to assist college and university students with COVID-19 related expenses such as:

  • assistance covering costs for food, housing, health care and child care costs for students who have a loss of employment
  • assistance to purchase remote-learning technology and resources, etc.

The eligibility for Stimulus Funding is different from CARES. To be eligible, students must be registered for summer 2021 or full-time for fall (12 credits for undergraduates/law, 9 credits for grad)

*Part-time students could receive a partial award.

International, online, and non-Title VI students are also eligible to apply. 

The review of the Stimulus Funding will begin for summer immediately for disbursement in July. Review for fall will begin shortly after fall add/drop.

Applying for FY21 CARES Relief Funding

Spring applications are now closed.

The Federal Government has authorized CARES Act funds specifically to assist college and university students with COVID-19 related expenses such as:

  • assistance covering costs for food, housing, health care and child care costs for students who have a loss of employment
  • assistance to purchase remote-learning technology and resources, etc.

The eligibility for CARES funding was recently changed. This means that international, online, and non-Title VI students are now eligible to apply. Applicants are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Registered full-time (12 credits for undergraduates/law, 9 credits for grad) for spring 2021. Based on funding, part-time students may receive a partial award.

The review of FY21 CARES Relief Funding has been completed and awards will be updated shortly.

Note: The CARES Act does not allow funding for tuition or other charges billed by UMassD.

Distribution of funds to eligible students

As part of the U.S. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, UMass Dartmouth has been awarded $3,452,753 in funding to be used for direct emergency financial assistance for eligible undergraduate and graduate students.

UMassD distributed $3,229,188.32 of this funding in several rounds of applications to eligible undergraduate and graduate students. The University plans to distribute additional stimulus funding eligible students on an ongoing basis as part of the U.S. Emergency Financial Aid grant program.

The University will award grants in accordance with the CARES Act and all other applicable laws, including nondiscrimination laws. All students receiving CARES Act funding need to ensure they have established a Direct Deposit refund preference in COIN. Assistance in adding/changing direct deposit information is found here.

In addition to the emergency funding for students, the University is receiving equivalent funding to offset institutional costs incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Frequently asked questions

The CARES Act, which establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), directs institutions of higher education (“institutions”) to provide emergency financial aid awards to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

No. The intent of the Emergency Financial Aid award program is to assist with costs and financial challenges incurred by students as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The financial impacts experienced by students are broad and wide-ranging, including such items as reduced hours of work, transportation costs, food, child care, costs to move off-campus, for example.

Due to changes in eligibility requirements, all full-time students (12 undergraduates, 9 grad/law) are eligible to apply. This includes international, DACA, and other students who are not Title IV eligible.

Yes. Students are asked to complete an application to be considered for funding.

Yes. In order to provide awards to students quickly, it is imperative that all eligible students sign up for direct deposit for these award payments. Direct deposit is established in COIN. Step by step instructions are available online.

Yes. The review of spring applications will begin late February/early March. Notification of decision and disbursal, where applicable, of FY21 CARES Relief Funding will occur shortly thereafter.

Once approved, Financial Aid Services will post your award to your student account. The Bursar’s Office will automatically generate refunds. All students are strongly encouraged to establish direct deposit to ensure that funds are received efficiently and quickly. More information is available online.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has created a page to provide guidance on frequently asked tax questions. The University cannot offer tax advice to students with regards to funding.

Yes. Students and families now realizing a change in their financial situation may fill out a Reevaluation Request Form with FAS. The form will be reviewed and, if appropriate, FAS will initiate a professional judgment (PJ) which could potentially change a student’s award. Please note, PJ reviews require supporting documentation of changes including but not limited to a layoff notice, an unemployment award letter, etc.

Prior CARES Act/Stimulus Reporting Information

The University is required to provide access to the historical information relating to CARES/Stimulus funding awarded.

Public information required by the CARES Act (PDF)

UMassD CARES Act Sept 2020 Report

 

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