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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

UC Davis is committed to ensuring that our students are able to make progress towards graduation, despite the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act Emergency Relief Grant is one-time funding divided among eligible graduate/professional students and undergraduate students based on the percentage of enrollment.

The CARES Act was signed into law March 27, 2020. The Act provides nearly $14 billion in aid to address higher education challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of this amount, $12.6 billion was allocated directly to colleges and universities. The allocation to UC Davis was $33,871,763.

In April 2020, UC Davis signed and returned the Funding Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education. We committed to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants. These grants go to eligible students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

UC Davis disbursements to students

On April 22, 2020, the Department of Education notified UC Davis that it will receive $16,935,882 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. As of May 21, 2020, $13,625,150 of the total amount was received and disbursed to 16,760 UC Davis students. The remaining amount will continue to be disbursed to eligible students.

UC Davis distributed the CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grant to eligible graduate/professional students and undergraduate students based on the percentage of their respective spring quarter/semester enrollment. The estimated total number of eligible students is 23,320. UC Davis used the following methods to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

Graduate and professional students

We have equally disbursed funding among eligible graduate/professional students, up to $600 per eligible student.

To be considered for assistance, graduate and professional students are encouraged to file a 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or complete a certification with the campus confirming eligibility for Title IV funding by May 30, 2020.

Undergraduate students

We have distributed awards to eligible undergraduate students, based on need, as determined by the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with an emphasis on providing additional support to the neediest populations.

To be considered for assistance, undergraduate students are encouraged to file a 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by May 30, 2020.

Undergraduate recipients will receive disbursements as follows, per student:

  • Pell Grant recipients: $1,000
  • Students receiving grants other than Pell Grant: $750
  • Students eligible for Subsidized Direct Loans only and not receiving grants: $500

Additional information can be found at Financial Aid and Scholarships CARES Act FAQs.