CARES Act/Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding

The federal government is providing special Covid-19 emergency grants to college students around the country. As we prepare to distribute this funding to eligible students @Northern, we are sharing information to help you understand how you may be impacted.

Students with Questions about the CARES Act/Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding should contact the Financial Aid Office at

What is the CARES Act?
On March 27, Congress passed the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security Act” (CARES) to provide economic relief to individuals for hardships experienced during the Covid-19 crisis.

How does the CARES Act Impact College Students?
The CARES Act provides colleges with funds to be distributed directly to eligible students for their “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.”

Who is eligible for the CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds?
Students who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid can be considered for these funds. The Financial Aid Office will use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data to determine your eligibility. If you are eligible to file a FAFSA but have not yet filed for 2019-20 and need assistance, please file a FAFSA at For assistance with your FAFSA, please contact Under U.S. Department of Education rules for the program, these funds can be awarded to students pursuing degree programs and enrolled at Northern.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Education does not allow these funds to be used for international students, undocumented students, non-matriculated/non-degree seeking students or students enrolled in distance-only degree programs.

When will CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds be available?
Northern has received funding from the U.S. Department of Education, and will distribute grants to students based on their enrollment status and financial need beginning the week of May 4th. Recipients will be notified via their NNMC Eagle email account.

Why wouldn’t I receive a CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grant?
Under U.S. Department of Education rules for the program, students who are not eligible for federal financial aid programs are not eligible for federal CARES grants. Students who have not yet done so are encouraged to work with the Financial Aid Office to fill out the FAFSA, which will help us determine eligibility for a CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grant.

Will CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grants be Applied to Outstanding Balances on my Student Account?
No, these grants will not be applied to outstanding balances on student accounts and are intended to provide immediately accessible funds to students.

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