CARES Act Funds

The federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act has given Evergreen funds to share with each student. The funds are intended to help with 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.

If you have questions or have not received your funds within 2 weeks of becoming eligible, email the Financial Aid office.

General CARES Act information

Grant amounts range from $500 to $750. Funds will be disbursed based on need, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • You must be registered for Spring quarter 2020.
  • If you have filed a 2019-20 or 2020-21 FAFSA, you will not need to submit a new application and will be considered automatically for the CARES funds.
  • If you have not yet filed a FAFSA, you must do so to be considered for the CARES funds. The application (FAFSA) may be for the 2019-20 or 2020-21 school year. You can file for a 2019-20 FAFSA anytime before June 30. We should be able to process and send funds in about 2 weeks after you submit your FAFSA.

You are still eligible for CARES relief funds even if you have received Emergency Gift Funds.

CARES relief funds are not financial aid and acceptance of other federal, state, or institutional funds is not required in order to receive CARES relief funds. However, to receive the funds, you must meet all Federal Title IV Student Financial Aid criteria, as determined through the FAFSA:

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program.
  • Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school.
  • For currently enrolled students, be making satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans.
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan.
  • File "as part of the original financial aid application process" a certification that includes
  • a statement of educational purpose.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen.
  • Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges.
  • Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits.
  • Have repaid Title IV loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently.
  • Have Selective Service registration verified.
  • Have Social Security Number verified.
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.

If you were expecting funds

  • Eligible students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 to $5550 received $750.
  • Eligible students with an EFC between $5501 and their Cost of Attendance (COA) received $500.
  • If you did not receive funds, remember: you must have a FAFSA or WASFA on file.
  • For FAFSA filers you must meet all the criteria listed on this page. If you filed a FAFSA and believe you should have received funds please email Financial Aid to find out which criteria you did / did not meet.
  • If you have filed a FAFSA recently, it will take approximately three weeks to receive CARES Act funds. The Department of Education typically takes two weeks to process a FAFSA and send a report. Once we receive a student’s aid report, we can determine CARES funds eligibility and make a disbursement.

If you still need funds

  • Students that need funds and have an EFC over their COA should email Financial Aid with their requests. Please use “CARE Act funds request” in the subject line.
  • If you received CARES Act funds but need additional assistance, please email Financial Aid and ask about available options.

CARES Act Relief Funds Report, October 30, 2020

To date The Evergreen State College has paid a total of $1,751,066.00 to eligible students affected by campus disruptions due to a statewide response to COVID-19. 

Students have received $600,691.00 since our report in August 2020. Funds have been delivered to students who meet to the same criteria used in our initial round of awarding and outlined in our initial report. This latest round of CARES Act Relief Funds awarding was intended to assist students with their technology needs and associated costs due to remote instruction as a result of campus closures. Students were required to complete an application form to express their need for assistance. Those students who also met the criteria as outlined in our initial report received grants. 

CARES Act Relief Funds Report, August 27, 2020

As of August 20, 2020 The Evergreen State College has paid a total of $1,150,375.00 to eligible students affected by campus disruptions due to a statewide response to COVID-19.

Students have received $750.00 since our second report on July 6, 2020. Funds have been delivered according to the same criteria used in our initial round of awarding and outlined in our initial CARES Act Report on May 20, 2020.

CARES Act Relief Funds Report, July 6, 2020

As of July 6, 2020, The Evergreen State College has paid a total of $1,149,625.00 to eligible students affected by campus disruptions due to a statewide response to COVID-19.

Students have received $22,125.00 since our initial CARES Act Report on May 20, 2020. Funds have been delivered according to the same criteria used in our initial round of awarding and outlined in our initial report.

CARES Act Relief Funds Report, May 20, 2020

As of May 20, 2020, The Evergreen State College has awarded $1,127,500 to 1624 students. Read more in the CARES Act Report from May 20, 2020.

CARES Act update - May 4, 2020

As of Monday, May 4, CARES Act funds have been disbursed to all currently eligible students. Students will see “CARE” on their student account if they received funds.