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What is the CARES Act?

The recently enacted federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides money through the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund to colleges and universities to distribute emergency grants to eligible students.

Chatham University will receive $1.16 million in funding for student financial assistance for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. This funding is separate from financial aid students may receive from Chatham University.

Who qualifies?

Students who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal Title IV financial aid funding and who have the greatest financial need can be considered for these funds. The Office of Financial Aid will use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data to determine your eligibility. If you are eligible to file a FAFSA but have not yet filed for 2019-20 and need assistance, please file a FAFSA at studentaid.gov or contact our Financial Aid Office.

Under U.S. Department of Education rules for the program, these funds can be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degree programs and enrolled at Chatham as of Spring 2020 (students who graduated or withdrew are not eligible). Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Education does not allow these funds to be used for international students, undocumented students, non-matriculated students or students enrolled in distance-only degree programs.  

If you do not meet financial aid eligibility requirements or are a student from one of these excluded groups, there are other types of emergency assistance from Chatham available. Please see details on these options further down the page. 


What does this funding cover?

The following is a list of expenses that can be considered for grant assistance if they were related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Childcare

Eligible students will receive between $500 and $1,500, though students could receive amounts higher than that depending on other factors.


What is the application process?

If you believe you have eligible expenses and meet the qualification criteria outlined above, please complete this online form to apply for a CARES Act grant. You will receive a response to your application within 7 to 10 days.

Complete Application


What other forms of assistance are available?

If you do not qualify for a CARES Act grant or have additional financial needs, Chatham can offer additional assistance through the Student Emergency Fund (SEF). The Student Emergency Fund is reserved for short-term assistance in emergency situations. Learn more and apply here.

In addition, if you have experienced a reduction in income, change to employment, or increase in expenses that directly affect your (or your family’s) income and ability to pay for your education, please contact our office today to discuss if you may potentially qualify for more Chatham, federal and/or state aid through a Change in Circumstance filing. Contact Financial Aid at 412-365-2781 or financialaid@chatham.edu.


Contact Us

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 412-365-2781 or financialaid@chatham.edu