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CARES Act Funding

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UofSC Aiken will receive $1,532,706 in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II) through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) to support students with paying for any component of their cost of attendance or emergency costs that may have arisen dues to the pandemic.

To receive a HEERF II Federal Grant for the 2021 spring term, students must have been enrolled for the current term and must have completed a 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Based on additional guidance provided by the US Department of Education as to what populations of students can receive these federal grants, UofSC Aiken developed the following plan for awarding and disbursing the funds.

Student Populations Excluded from the Distribution:

  • Students who did NOT complete a FAFSA
  • Students enrolled as Non-degree
  • International/DACA Students

All other students were awarded emergency grant amounts based on 1) Pell eligibility and 2) enrollment status:

Student Population (FAFSA Filers) Amount
Undergrad w/ Pell - 12+ hours 1000
Undergrad w/ Pell - 9-11 hours 750
Undergrad w/ Pell - 6-8 hours 500
Undergrad w/ Pell - <6 hours 250
Undergrad no Pell - 12+ hours 500
Undergrad no Pell - 9-11 hours 375
Undergrad no Pell - 6-8 hours 250
Undergrad no Pell - <6 hours 125
Grad (Master's Program) - 6+ hours 300
Grad (Master's Program) - <6 hours 150

Eligible students were notified by campus email on Thursday, April 8, 2021. A grant entitled UofSC HEERF II Federal Grant will be awarded on Monday, April 12, 2021. To receive the funds, eligible students must access their Self-Service Carolina (SSC) account and manually accept the award. 

The deadline for students to accept the award is April 30, 2021.

The message attached to the HEERF II fund reads as follows:

UofSC HEERF II grant funds are federal funds available to eligible students as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  The funds may be used to cover any component of the cost of attendance (tuition, books, living expenses, etc.) or emergency costs that have arisen due to the coronavirus.

After acceptance of the award, the funds will be disbursed to the students’ accounts and a refund will be issued.

UPDATE: In mid-July 2021, any HEERF II funding that had been declined or not accepted by the April 31, 2021, deadline in the initial awarding process was reallocated to students who;

  • were enrolled full-time (12 credit hours) in the 2021 Spring term, AND
  • received a 2020-2021 Federal Pell Grant in the 2021 Spring term, AND
  • accepted a HEERF II award in the 2021 Spring term, AND
  • were enrolled and received Pell for the 2021 Summer term

This additional award was $434 per eligible student.  The funds can be used to cover any component of the cost of attendance (tuition, books, living expenses, etc.) or emergency costs that may have arisen due to the coronavirus.

View HEERF II Report


USC Aiken received $1,532,706 through the CARES Act to support students who incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

To receive a CARES Act Emergency Grant, students must complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA to demonstrate eligibility for Title IV aid.

Based on additional guidance provided by the US Department of Education as to what populations of students can receive emergency grants, USC Aiken developed the following plan for awarding and disbursing the funds.

Student Populations Excluded from the Distribution:

  • Students who did NOT complete a FAFSA
  • Students enrolled as Non-degree
  • International/DACA Students
  • Students enrolled in 100% online programs (Palmetto College, RN to BSN, MBA, MEd)
  • Students who withdrew prior to March 16
  • Students not making satisfactory academic progress
  • Students enrolled less than half-time

All other students were awarded emergency grant amounts based on 1) Pell eligibility and 2) enrollment status:

Student Population (FAFSA Filers) Amount
Undergrad w/ Pell - 12+ hours 1000
Undergrad w/ Pell - 9-11 hours 750
Undergrad w/ Pell - <9 hours 500
Undergrad no Pell - 12+ hours 500
Undergrad no Pell - 9-11 hours 375
Undergrad no Pell - <9 hours 250
Masters of Science - full-time 300

Eligible students were awarded a grant entitled CARES Act Fund on Monday, May 4, 2020 and notified by email the same day. To receive the funds, eligible students must access their Self-Service Carolina (SSC) account and manually accept the award. 

The deadline for students to accept the award was May 31, 2020.

The message attached to the CARES Act Fund reads as follows:

CARES emergency grant funds are available to eligible students as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.  By accepting the CARES Act Fund, you acknowledge that you have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

After acceptance of the award, the funds will be disbursed to the students’ accounts and a refund will be issued regardless if there is an outstanding balance remaining on the account.

A portion of the allocation has been set aside to award emergency grants to students who have not already completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA. 

In order to receive funds from the CARES Act, students must have done so before June 15, 2020, and be deemed Title IV eligible according to federal regulations.

In early September 2020, any CARES funding that had been declined or not accepted by awardees in the initial awarding process was reallocated to students who accepted a CARES award and was eligible for a 2019-2020 Federal Pell Grant at the time of the initial award.  This additional award was $247 per recipient. The grants must be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). The grants may not fully cover the expenses a student has incurred due to the disruption.

View CARES Act Report