Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) was awarded $12 million from the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist students who meet the funding qualifications and are experiencing financial hardships caused by the pandemic. We are again accepting applications for COVID-19 Emergency Funding and will do so until CARES Act funding is depleted.
All students requesting emergency funding due to unexpected expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic must complete a COVID-19 Emergency Funding Request application. This application is necessary for university officials to evaluate a student’s need and for officials to determine a proper funding source. The emergency funding can be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations because of the coronavirus such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.
If you have already applied for emergency funding and have a question or concern about your request, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please know our response time is slower due to the volume of calls and emails we are receiving. We thank you for your patience.
If you or a student you care about is struggling, please consider completing a Care Referral.
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting
Indiana University signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to receive funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to the Department of Education. By doing so, the university assures no less than 50 percent of the funds will be used to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The Bloomington campus of Indiana University received $12,286,461 to provide Emergency Grants to students.
As of Friday, May 22, 2020, the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act at IU Bloomington is $6,568,925.
The total number of students who are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, who could be eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, is approximately 21,500. As of Friday May 22, 2020, 10,099 applications have been received and 5013 have been reviewed and awarded funds.
IUB used an application method to distribute grants to students. Through multiple communications from March – May 2020, students were encouraged to apply for emergency funds. These communications (from both the Provost and Vice Provost offices) included instructions for how to apply if students had faced disruption due to COVID-19 including the requirement of a completed FASFA to determine eligibility. Applicants were encouraged to apply based on their need with a maximum award of $1500. Additional guidance provided to students can be found below.