Coronavirus Update: Emergency Grants for N.C. A&T Students

May 11, 2020 -- The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) has made funding available to institutions to provide emergency grants to eligible students related to the disruption of the delivery instructions (moving to an online method of instruction) due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. 

North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University received approximately $7 million to assist students meeting the eligibility criteria. This funding allows the institution to make emergency grants to students for expenses related to items such as food, housing, course materials, technology, transportation, healthcare and childcare. 

Funds may not be used to pay a student’s balance. It is the student’s responsibility to resolve any outstanding balance to the university. 

To be eligible for funding, students must meet the Title IV eligibility requirements:

  • Have a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file;
  • Have a valid Social Security number;
  • Be enrolled in an eligible degree seeking or certificate program;
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or eligible non-citizen;
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if you are a male (if required);
  • Be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP);
  • Not be in default on any federal student loans; do not owe a repayment on any Title IV financial aid;
  • And not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale while receiving federal student aid.

Eligible students will be awarded through a tiered process with Pell eligible students receiving the maximum award of $900.  Non-Pell eligible students (Undergraduate and Graduate) will receive $500.  All less than half-time students (including Pell recipients) will receive $250. 

The disbursement will begin shortly. You are encouraged to review your direct deposit information and mailing address in Aggie Access for accuracy. 

Please be advised that the following students are not eligible for the HEERF funding:

  • International or DACA students;
  • Students enrolled in a Distance Education Online Program;
  • Students not maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress;
  • Students without a FAFSA on file;
  • And students who did not pass the Title IV eligibility requirements.

The process of disbursement will be complete no later than June 15, 2020.  Refunds are generally processed one week after disbursement.  Please allow the University time to process payments. Guidance on the HEERF funds changes rapidly; students will be informed if guidance impacts eligibility.

The university family hopes you are well and safe.