Information on your options regarding emergency funding requests
The Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS) coordinates emergency financial aid awarding at IUPUI from institutional and federal aid sources, as well from IU Foundation funds. The Student Central Financial Challenges website offers multiple categories of assistance and a simple application process:
Additionally, the recent federal CARES Act established and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund(HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants directly to students. IUPUI will be receiving federal funds to provide HEERF emergency grant awards directly to IUPUI students. The HEERF emergency grant awards will range from $700 to $1,500 at IUPUI, and will appear on Bursar accounts as CARES Act Grant. Like other grants, you will not have to pay the CARES Act Grant back if you qualify for it.
Frequently asked questions about the CARES Act Grant
Students must have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and qualified for federal student aid to be considered for CARES Act Grant funding. Automatic CARES Act Grants are being made to over five thousand IUPUI undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who have completed a FAFSA, received federal aid, were enrolled full-time as of April 15, 2020, meet specific low-income criteria, and are not scheduled to graduate in May 2020. IUPUI is also offering an application process for HEERF funding consideration for those that do not receive automatic CARES Act Grant funding.
Recipients will be notified by email of automatic CARES Act Grant awards, and should receive a direct deposit or paper check in early May. Students can also view awards in “View/Pay Bursar Bill” in One.IU. Those who do not qualify for automatic awards can still submit requests for emergency grant consideration on the Student Central Financial Challenges website.
CARES Act Grant are directed to be used for student expenses related to the pandemic and the disruption of in-person college attendance. Examples of expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare expenses. Like other grants, you will not have to pay the CARES Act Grant back if you qualify for it.
The U.S. Department of Education has determined that DACA, undocumented, International, and students in only online/distance education classes prior to March 23, 2020 do NOT qualify for HEERF funding. IUPUI offers other emergency grant and loan programs for these populations. These students should still apply for emergency funding consideration on the Student Central Financial Challenges website.
The application requires the student to submit name, university ID number, and a short narrative describing the emergency funding needs. The requestor can upload information as appropriate and may be asked to submit additional documentation. All correspondence will occur using the student’s IUPUI email address.
Confidential requests are reviewed on case-by-case basis by a team of highly trained financial aid administrators. Requests are referred to campus partners as appropriate. Note the application was recently modified for all groups of IUPUI students to submit a request for financial crisis funding, including international students, DACA students, and graduate/professional students.
In the majority of requests reviewed, students are helped to determine if they are eligible for additional federal aid eligibility before they are considered for limited emergency aid funds. But for those that have exhausted federal and state aid eligibility and have unmet financial need, an emergency aid funding option is likely to be awarded.
Despite the recent influx of applications, undergraduate students should receive an email response with aid options within 1-2 business days. Referrals to campus partners for international students, undocumented students, DACA students, or graduate/professional students may take a bit longer.
Students who have set up direct deposit refunds with the Bursar will receive funds in a matter of days after awards are made; if there is no direct deposit information on file, the Bursar mails refund checks on a weekly basis.
For students that have maximized federal and state aid eligibility, awarding practices include the IUPUI Emergency Grant of up to $2,000 per year, the Jaguar Persistence Grant (JPG) of up to $2,000 per year for those close to graduation or enrolled in summer, or an IU Miller Loan of up to $5,000 per year for those close to graduation.