Under the federal rules, not all students are eligible to receive these funds. International students, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students, students that are non-degree seeking, high school students in dual enrollment courses, as well as students already enrolled in fully online degree programs when the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded are not eligible for CARES Act funds. Prospective students not yet attending McNeese are also not eligible for CARES Act funds through McNeese.
The final award amounts have not yet been determined. Since each student’s situation and needs are different, not all eligible students will necessarily receive the same amount of funds.
Using guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, universities are developing a process to verify eligible students. Each institution has been given authority to develop its own unique application and awarding process.
CARES Act funds are designed to assist current students with education-related expenses and challenges directly associated with the more immediate impacts of COVID-19 such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare. Students may also elect to use their funds toward other educational expenses such as current and future tuition and fee payments, textbook expenses and related costs of attendance.
No, full-time enrollment is not required to qualify for funds.
No, CARES Act funds will not affect your financial aid eligibility. While these funds are being administered through the U.S. Department of Education, they are not designated as Title IV financial aid funds (such as PELL grants, loans and College Work Study programs) and will not adversely impact your current or future aid eligibility, based on current guidance provided by the department.
No. These funds are part of the U.S. federal government response to COVID-19 and do not have to be paid back if awarded to an eligible student.
Every institution is receiving a different allocation of funds based on student enrollment and other factors, and each institution has been given discretion for determining how and when awards are to be made.
BankMobile is a vendor McNeese uses to help distribute refunds after financial aid and scholarships are applied to student accounts. McNeese has not yet decided if it will use BankMobile to distribute CARES Act funds, and BankMobile has no relation to the University’s process for determining eligibility.
Students should closely monitor their McNeese email for updates and instructions.