CARES Act & Other Funding

Augusta University received $3,072,671 through the CARES Act to support students who are financially struggling due to the global pandemic. We have three funding opportunities:

  • CARES Act Grants
  • the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund (funded by the CARES Act)
  • and the Student Emergency Fund  (funded by the Augusta University Foundation)

CARES Act Grants

These grants were awarded to eligible students on May 15, 2020. 


Students in need of additional COVID-19-related financial assistanceespecially those who are ineligible for the automatic CARES Act support listed abovecan apply for the Augusta University COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund. Once completed, each student’s application will be reviewed and awards will be made weekly.  Disbursements will be awarded each Friday.  Check your Pounce account for awards


This fund will allow students to receive up to $500. The funds may only be used for expenses related to COVID-19-related disruptions, as allowable under the stipulations of the federal CARES Act (i.e., housing, utilities, food, technology, books, supplies,medical expenses, unexpected child-care expenses, and safety needs). These funds cannot be awarded for tuition.

To receive this funding, students must complete (or already have completed) the 2019-2020 FAFSA. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all funds are awarded. On the application, submitters must demonstrate that the particular hardship they are facing is a direct result of the global pandemic.


To be eligible, students must:

  • have been enrolled for spring semester as of April 28, 2020;
  • have completed a FAFSA for 2019-2020;
  • have been enrolled in at least one face-to-face class as of March 13; and
  • be eligible for Title IV financial aid

These guidelines exclude transient students, non-degree-seeking students, dual-enrolled students, international students, and those not eligible for Title IV financial aid.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all funds are awarded.

Eligibility parameters were established based upon several factors, including stipulations in the federal CARES Act, federal law, U.S. Department of Education guidelines, and University System of Georgia guidance. Augusta University used those criteria to develop a plan for assisting as many AU students as possible.

 Yes, receiving the automatic disbursement of CARES Act funding does not limit a student's eligibility to apply for the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund, should they need more assistance.

The maximum amount of funding available via the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund is $500 per student. These funds will be available until federal funds have been exhausted.



Students not eligible for automatic federal CARES Act funding or the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund can still apply for Augusta University’s standard emergency fund account. Students can complete the application here. Applications will be reviewed on a daily basis.

Students who are eligible for CARES Act funding or the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund should rely on those resources first, so that the Augusta University standard emergency fund can be used to help those not eligible for the other two forms of aid.

*Please note that funds cannot be used to cover tuition and fees.



Need More Help?

 For additional information and assistance, visit the Financial Aid or Business Office websites.

CARES Act Reporting

Institutional Portion of Cares Act Funding Report

CARES Act Funding for Students

On April 16, 2020, Augusta University signed a Certification and Agreement form with the Department of Education to receive $6,145,342 in federal funds, assuring no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. 

Therefore, the total amount of funds available to students is $3,072,671, and as of September 30, 2020, all funds have been expended.

The estimated number of students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965—and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004 (a) of the CARES Act—is 7,646. As of May 15, 2020, a total of 5,370 of those 7,646 eligible students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant.

The remaining $434,471 in CARES Act funding will be awarded to students that apply through the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund. See the AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY COVID-19 STUDENT EMERGENCY FUND section above for details on how to apply. 

UPDATE JUNE 26: As of June 26, 2020, and since the last reporting date of May 15th, we have awarded 658 students CARES Act funds under the COVID-19 Emergency Fund application for a total of $308,531. We have remaining $125,940 of the original $434,471.

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 30, 2020: all funds have been expended.

Below are communications sent to students regarding CARES Act funding: