CARES Act Reporting


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 received $2,060,199. Per the agreement, at least 50 percent ($1,030,100) was/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. Specific details regarding the process and eligibility criteria are provided by disbursement date below.

First Disbursement - May 6, 2020

Eligible Students

At the time of this disbursement, according to the U.S. Department of Education, in order to be eligible, students must have met 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 were 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

Ineligible Students

According to the Department of Education, students who fit the following criteria were 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 totaling $696,200.00 were awarded to 1,332 eligible students based on registered hours as of March 13, 2020, and according to the following schedule:

  • students who are Pell eligible - $600.00 to 817 students
  • students who are not Pell eligible (eligible for loans only) - $400.00 to 515 students

Second Disbursement - November 12, 2020

Eligible Students

The following requirements were used to identify eligible students:

  • be degree seeking at LSU Eunice;
  • be a U.S. citizen or Title IV eligible noncitizen;
  • have a valid Social Security number;
  • have a high school diploma or GED.

The requirements listed above were verified through the federal financial aid application process and/or university admissions records.

Ineligible Students

Students who fit the following criteria were determined to be ineligible to receive the CARES Act grant:

  • a dual enrollment student;
  • an international student;
  • an undocumented student.

CARES Act Grants

CARES Act grants totaling $330,980.00 were awarded to 1,273 eligible students based on registered hours as of November 12, 2020. Each individual award was in the amount of $260.00. Unlike loans, grants do not have to be repaid.

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.

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 $1,027,180. The total unduplicated number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant is 1,778.
  • Additional awards will be considered for disbursement to eligible students during upcoming session(s) and/or semester(s).

Questions

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 
finaid@lsue.edu .