CARES Act Emergency Funds
Dear Saint Martin's students, faculty, staff and abbey members,
We wanted to provide an update on our efforts to find a way to help our students who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we shared recently, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act will provide nearly $1.2 million to Saint Martin's University in higher education emergency relief. By law, half of the funds received by institutions must be distributed directly to students in the form of grants to cover expenses related to unexpected financial needs due to the coronavirus pandemic. This means that about $626,000 will be available for Saint Martin's University students.
These funds must be used towards expenses related to the COVID-19 campus disruption. Those expenses include but are not limited to: technology, childcare, course materials, food costs, housing costs, medical costs, travel, transportation, health insurance, moving or other expenses incurred during the spring semester. These funds cannot be requested to replace lost wages or to pay outstanding balances in a student account. Students can request funds based on expenses they have incurred due to the COVID-19 campus disruption this past spring semester.
Below is an FAQ about the CARES Act. The Office of Financial Aid will be reaching out to Saint Martin's students to share instructions on how to apply for funding using the Saint Martin's Federal CARES Act Funds Request form. Requests will be reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid on a rolling basis until the CARES Act funding is exhausted.
If you or any student you know has questions regarding the CARES Act funding or the CARES Act Funds Request form, please feel free to contact the Office of Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org.