CARES Act – Student Stimulus Grant

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Congress recently passed the CARES Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which provides emergency funding to universities to assist students affected by the campus disruptions caused by COVID-19.

MACU has received HEERF funding and has established the CARES Act Emergency Grant Fund to distribute grants to eligible students who incurred unexpected expenses due to COVID-19-related disruptions. These funds may be used to pay for expenses such as housing, food, technology needs, childcare, medical expenses and other costs resulting from the campus disruption.

Mid-Atlantic Christian University will begin accepting applications for the CARES Act Emergency Grant Fund on May 12, 2020.  This application covers expenses from March 12, 2020 to May 9, 2020.  The application will remain available until July 15, 2020 or until all funds have been disbursed. This program is first come, first serve and checks will be issued weekly with our regular check run.

The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • You must be/have been an enrolled graduate or undergraduate student for the term for which you are applying for the CARES Act Emergency Grant.
  • You must meet eligibility requirements for federal financial aid; therefore, you must have completed either a 2019-20 or 2020-21 FAFSA. If you have not completed a FAFSA, you are encouraged to visit and complete the 2020-21 FAFSA.
  • International students and students who were enrolled exclusively in online coursework at the time of the campus disruption are not eligible.

Students eligible to apply for CARES Act funding will receive an email Tuesday, May 12 by 7:00 pm containing a link to a short online application. This application and required documentation must be received by MACU in order to receive these funds.

 Funds from the CARES Act Emergency Grant Fund are not considered financial aid and do not affect a student‘s current or future financial aid eligibility. 


This information will be updated as applications are processed.

Total Federal Award: $242,130
Amount of funds disbursed:  $121,065
Number of students receiving awards: 157
Disbursement information is as of December 31, 2020, at 11:00 AM.