CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid for Students

As of March 13, 2020, students must be eligible to participate in Title IV program under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). For purposes of disbursal of these funds, students 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was used to determine eligibility.

FVSU awarded student emergency grants on the basis of need (established by expected family contribution (EFC)). FVSU allocated emergency grant awards to students across multiple tiers. Bounds of tiers are defined by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the 2021-22 FASFA.

EFC Amount Cares Amount

Students enrolled exclusively online, dual enrollment students, international students and transient students were identified as ineligible students and did not receive payments from the CARES Act.

The Following Has Been Provided to Students of Fort Valley State University Regarding the CARES Act.

The University disseminated three separate notices to students: Three different notices were sent to students:

  • Notice of the CARES Act, explaining to students that they met eligibility requirements for the grant and that the funds were to be used for purposes related to the disruption of courses on campus.
  • Notice to students who had not completed the FAFSA with instructions and deadline to apply.
  • Notice to students who were not eligible to receive a CARES Act grant based on the guidelines as outlined by the Department of Education.


Students who feel they meet the eligibility guidelines are able to submit an application to be reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid at 478-825-6363.  Remaining CARES Act funds are available to qualifying students until either the funds are depleted or the end of the award period, June 30, 2023.