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CARES Act Emergency Funds for Students

The CARES Act is intended to provide fast and direct economic assistance for Americans, including emergency assistance to college students, for expenses related to COVID-19.

Landmark College has received federal funding from the CARES Act, which provides assistance for student expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. Students can request funds in these categories:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course Materials
  • Technology
  • Health Care
  • Childcare expenses
  • Travel
  • Other Expenses related to COVID-19 (Expenses that do not fit any of the above)

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions section below for eligibility requirements before submitting an application.



Please contact Michael Mertes in our Financial Aid Office at michaelmertes @

Frequently Asked Questions

  • You may be eligible for CARES Act funding if you:

    • Have been enrolled at Landmark College after March 13, 2020
    • Have a 2019-20 or a 2020-21 FAFSA application on file with Landmark College to confirm eligibility
    • Have experienced a financial hardship as a result of the disruption of education due to COVID-19
    • Meet Title IV eligibility requirements including:
      • U.S. Citizenship or Eligible Noncitizen
      • Valid Social Security Number
      • Registration with Selective Service if the student is male
      • Have a high school diploma, GED, or have completed a high school in an approved homeschool setting

    International, non-US citizen, dual-credit, non-degree-seeking students, students exclusively enrolled in online courses, or students who withdrew from classes prior to March 13, 2020, are not eligible for CARES Act funding.

  • Students who had an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 – $40,000 as determined on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), are automatically awarded funds based on the tiers below and you do not need to complete an application for the Cares Emergency Relief fund.

    Students with EFCs of greater than $40,000 can apply using this form and will be awarded up to $250 if approved.

    EFC $0 – $20,000 = $650 award
    EFC $20,001 – $30,000 = $450 award
    EFC $30,001 – $40,000 = $250 award

    Students who were not automatically awarded the emergency grant can be considered for funding by applying here.

    Students who apply and are approved for funding can receive up to $250 from these funds. A CARES Act review committee will review each application and render approval or denials. Processing time will take 2 to 3 weeks.

    Students who received an automatic award may apply for an additional $250 award provided they can document costs that exceed the total amount they may be awarded. For example, a student who received an automatic award of $650 would need to document $900 or more in COVID-19 related expenses ($650 automatic award + $250 additional award = $900).

    Funds will be awarded on a first come basis until all funds have been distributed.

  • The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is federal legislation that provides a variety of financial support to individuals and organizations affected by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.

    The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides more than $14 billion in emergency funding to higher education. Of those funds, more than $6 billion must go directly to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants (HEERF-student share) for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis.

    Landmark College will receive a total of $210,585 of which at least half must be provided directly to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care. The remaining funds may be used by the university to cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to COVID-19.

  • The Landmark College CARES Act Emergency Fund application committee will review applications as they are received. Students will be notified about funding decisions no later than three weeks from the date they submit their application.

  • All emergency grants will be processed through student accounts. Emergency grants will be directly deposited into bank accounts for students who are enrolled in direct deposit. Students without direct deposit will receive a refund check in the mail.

  • No, you will not need to repay any money received through this fund.

  • No. This is an emergency grant to help you manage unexpected expenses related to COVID-19, and it will not have any impact on other financial aid you may be eligible to receive.

  • Any CARES Act funding awarded to you will be paid to you directly, and it will not cover any outstanding balances owed to Landmark College. Any outstanding balance owed to Landmark College will remain the responsibility of the Responsible Payer.

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