COVID-19 emergency relief funding

Have you experienced a hardship related to the disruption of VCU on-campus operations due to COVID-19 that resulted in reduced income or extra expenses? Maybe we can help you. We are accepting applications for emergency relief funding.

Student eligibility for Federal Emergency Relief Grants

The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act has made funding available to colleges and universities to assist eligible students who have been impacted by an on-campus COVID-19 financial disruption. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant is 10,714. 

    • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
    • Males must be registered with Selective Service, if required.
    • Must not be in default, owe a refund or repayment to a federal financial aid program.
    • Must be meeting VCU Financial Aid's satisfactory academic progress (SAP) policy.
    • Must be enrolled in a degree seeking program.
    • Have not been convicted for the sale or possession of an illegal drug offence that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid.
    • Cannot have been enrolled 100% in online classes for the spring 2020 semester before March 13, 2020.
  • Must have been enrolled at least one credit hour during the spring 2020 semester.
  • Must be registered or intend to enroll for classes during the summer 2020 or fall 2020 semesters.
  • 2019-2020 FAFSA expected family contribution (EFC) is below $10,000.
    • You can determine your EFC value by reviewing your VCU financial aid award notice on eServices or FAFSA.

Consumer information

The Federal CARES Act, Section 18004, Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, allows schools to consider students for federal emergency financial aid grants for: 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).

  • Federal funding for the Emergency Relief Grant is limited and will be awarded to eligible students meeting the consideration criteria.
  • The Federal Emergency Relief Grant program may likely not meet your full financial need.
  • This is a one-time grant and is not renewable.

VCU has signed a Certification and Agreement with the Department of Education to use no less than 50 percent of funds under Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act and will submit an initial 30-day Fund Report, and report every 45 days thereafter. 

Federal Emergency Relief Grant allocation report*

Date

Undergraduate
students
approved

Undergraduate
grants awarded ($)

Graduate
students
approved 

Graduate
grants awarded ($)
5/21/2020 292 448,380 49 73,331

*This information will be updated every 45 days.

Student eligibility for VCU Emergency Relief Funds

  • Must be considered an international, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or undocumented student.
  • Must have been enrolled at least one credit hour during the spring 2020 semester.
  • Must be enrolled in a degree seeking program.
  • Must be registered or intend to enroll for classes during the summer 2020 or fall 2020 semesters.
  • Your expected family contribution value must be under $10,000 as determined by the BigFuture website.
  • Cannot have been enrolled 100% in online classes for the spring 2020 semester before March 13, 2020.

Consumer information

VCU Emergency Relief Funds allow the university to consider students for emergency financial aid grants for: 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).

  • VCU relief funding is limited and will be awarded to eligible students meeting the consideration criteria.
  • The funding may likely not meet your full financial expectations.
  • This is one-time funding and is not renewable.

Grant value and receipt of funds

The value of this grant may vary up to $2,000 based upon your unique circumstances. A grant offered will be paid to you through direct deposit (if signed up with VCU) or a mailed check.

 

  • If you owe an outstanding balace to VCU, these funds will not be applied to any balance to VCU and will be paid directly to you.
  • If you owe a balance, you may make payments through the Student Accounts tab in eServices.