CARES Act

Emergency Financial Aid Grants

City University of Seattle (CityU) has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. We acknowledge and assure that CityU has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

The total amount of funds CityU has received from the Department of Education pursuant to CityU’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is a total sum of $216,434.

We have not yet distributed to any CARES Act grants to CityU students as of the date of this posting (May 25, 2020), but are in the process of identifying eligible candidates and expect to start distributing funds shortly. The delay in distributing funds was due to clarifying guidance from the Department of Education that was posted after grant funds were received by CityU which caused a need to reevaluate the original target population.

At the time of posting, we believe there are approximately 293 students currently enrolled at CityU that are eligible to participate in the program under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

HEERF CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund Eligibility Criteria

Students will be considered who meet all of the following:

  1. Must have a valid 2019-20 FAFSA on file, with all federal comment codes resolved.
  2. Must be meeting the financial aid satisfactory academic progress criteria.
  3. Must not be enrolled exclusively in an online program as of March 13, 2020.
  4. Must have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, such as food, housing, technology, equipment, course material, health care, etc.
  5. Submit a application for funds.
  6. Must be enrolled at the time of disbursing funds

Awards will not exceed $750 per student.

Awards must be paid to the student and not pay any student account charges. Funds may not be held for future charges, even with express permission from the student.

The funds are not need based and may exceed a student’s need and/or cost of attendance.

Both graduate and undergraduate students may be considered.