CARES Act Grant details & certification process announced

Louisiana State University Eunice signed and returned the Certification and Agreement for the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act) to the Department of Education, and has received $2,060,199. Per the agreement, at least 50 percent ($1,030,100) will be used exclusively for the purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The University has finalized and initiated the process, according to federal guidelines, for administering CARES Act grants to students.

Specifics and details regarding the process and disbursements are as follows.  

Eligibility Requirements

All eligible students will be notified as to their eligibility status for a CARES Act grant via an email to their University-issued email address. The University estimates that approximately 1,332 students are eligible to receive funds. Students who have not received a notification by Friday, May 8th, should email .

Eligible Students

According to the U.S. Department of Education, in order to be eligible, students must meet the requirements of Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended:

  • be degree seeking at LSU Eunice;
  • be a U.S. citizen or Title IV eligible noncitizen;
  • have a valid Social Security number;
  • be registered with Selective Service (if the student is male);
  • have a high school diploma or GED; and
  • be in good satisfactory academic progress standard status during Spring 2020.

The requirements listed above are verified through the federal financial aid application process; therefore, the University required all students who wished to be considered for a CARES Act Grant to have submitted a 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by May 6, 2020.  In addition to the above requirements, the student must have been enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours (half-time) for Spring 2020.

Ineligible Students

According to the Department of Education, students who fit the following criteria are not eligible to receive the CARES Act grant:

  • enrolled 100% online as of March 13, 2020;
  • currently in default on a federal student loan;
  • a dual enrollment student;
  • an international student; or
  • an undocumented student.

CARES Act Grants

Every student who met the above criteria will receive a CARES Act grant. Unlike loans, grants do not have to be repaid.

CARES Act grants will be awarded based on registered hours as of March 13, 2020, and according to the following schedule:

  • Students who are Pell eligible - $600.00
  • Students who are not Pell eligible (eligible for only loans) - $400.00

Grant Disbursement

Awards will be posted to students' University accounts and then disbursed directly to the student by means of check delivered via U.S. Postal Service to the current mailing address.  To change their mailing address, students should email the Registrar’s Office at .  Students should allow 1-2 weeks after receiving email confirmation of their eligibility to receive the grant for receipt of payment.

Grant Disbursement Progress

  • To date, the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Cares Act is $696,200 ($600 to 817 students; $400 to 515 students).  The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant is 1332.
  • Additional awards will be considered for disbursement to eligible students during upcoming session(s) and/or semester(s).


Updates regarding CARES Act disbursements will be posted on this web page.

If you have any questions regarding CARES Act Grant eligibility or the disbursement process, please email .