CARES Law Emergency Fund | Tuskegee University


Tuskegee University has received approximately $ 1.83 million in funds from the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act to address the urgent needs of enrolled students due to the COVID-19 pandemic and disruption university programs. These funds will be distributed to students once the Tuskegee Emergency Fund Application is available online. The University has established a Student Emergency Fund Committee to review all applications and determine the amounts allocated to students.


Emergency funds can be allocated to cover the following: technology, travel, utilities, vehicle costs, child care, course materials, gasoline, groceries, medical care and rent. As of May 8, the Student Emergency Fund Committee has received over 1,300 applications and funded over 850 students. This process will continue for the next twelve months or until all funds are exhausted. Students with urgent needs should complete an online application at

NOTE: The federally supported CARES Act funds are separate from the emergency funds provided by alumni, faculty and friends of Tuskegee through the Office of Institutional Advancement.

Terms & Conditions

Who is eligible?

All students currently seeking a degree (graduate, undergraduate, VETMED) enrolled in spring 2020, summer 2020 and fall 2020 affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and are eligible for Title IV ( a completed 2019-2020 FAFSA or eligible to file a FAFSA) are eligible for CARES law funds. Students who do not meet the requirements of the CARES Act may be eligible to receive other institutional funds. Please contact [email protected]

What funding is available?

Tuskegee University received a fixed amount of funds to be allocated to students over a year; and amounts to students will vary, ranging from $ 400 to $ 1,000, depending on individual student demand and economic circumstances.

What types of expenses are covered by emergency funding under the CARES Act?

CARES Act funding provides financial assistance for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 (for example, food, accommodation, course materials, transportation, technology, or healthcare health).

How do I apply for CARES Act funding?

Students must complete the COVID-19 Emergency Fund Request Form. Funds will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please review the eligibility information below to determine your eligibility to receive CARES Act funds.

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Do I have to complete a FAFSA to receive CARES Act funds?

No, all students must be eligible for Title IV to receive CARES law funds. However, having a FAFSA on file is proof of Title IV eligibility. Students without FAFSA will be required to demonstrate their Title IV eligibility by other means and should contact [email protected]

How do I know if I am eligible to file a FAFSA?

The eligibility criteria for filing a FAFSA, as described in Section 484 of the Higher Education Act (HEA), include, without limitation, the following:

  • U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen
  • Valid social security number
  • Registration with Selective Services, if male
  • High school diploma, GED or high school completion in an approved homeschool setting

Can undocumented students and international students receive funds under the CARES Act?

No, international and undocumented students are not eligible to receive CARES law funds. However, they may be eligible to receive emergency funds from other institutional sources. Please contact [email protected]

I am enrolled in an online program; am i eligible for CARES Act funds?
You are not eligible for CARES Act funds if you were enrolled exclusively in an online program on March 13, 2020. However, if you were enrolled in a combination of online and in-person courses, you are eligible.

Do I have to meet satisfactory academic standards to receive Cares Act funds?

Yes, to be eligible for CARES Act funding you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards (SAP) in accordance with Tuskegee’s Financial Aid Rules and Regulations. Contact [email protected] for more details.

I have an unpaid tuition / accommodation balance for the current semester; would these funds be applied to this balance?

No, the funds will be sent to you directly.

How long before receiving funds?
Requests will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

How will I be notified that my request has been approved?
You will receive notification from the Student Affairs Division and your check will be sent to the address listed on your emergency fund request.

Can these funds affect other aid that I have already received?
No, the CARES Act funds will not reduce your financial assistance.

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