Stephens College is committed to providing support to students in need, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The most immediate source of aid is federal funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Stephens has already distributed approximately $167,000 in direct grants to all eligible students; that included undergraduate students who attended classes on campus (excluding fully online Health Information Administration students), as well as graduate students in the Master of Education in Counseling and Master of Physician Assistant Studies programs enrolled during the Spring 2020 semester. The funds were distributed by check on June 11, 2020.
Stephens will distribute the remaining CARES Act funds by establishing a Student Emergency Assistance Fund that will respond to financial challenges directly resulting from COVID-19. All requests for assistance will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis until all the funds are disbursed.
Funding from the Stephens College CARES Act Student Emergency Assistance Fund will be limited to returning students who were registered for 3 or more in-seat credit hours at Stephens during the Spring 2020 semester.
Per the federal requirements, eligible students include those who:
- Have graduated from high school, have a GED, or have received home-school certification in accordance with state law;
- Are U.S. Citizens or eligible non-citizens;
- Have a valid Social Security Number or Alien Registration Number; and
- Are not in default on any educational loans from any schools attended.
Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most expeditious way to confirm eligibility even if you are not applying for financial aid at Stephens.
The following make students ineligible for funding from the Stephens College CARES Act Student Emergency Assistance Fund per federal requirements:
- Enrolled exclusively in an online program on or before March 13, 2020;
- Graduated Spring 2020 or not enrolled in Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 coursework at Stephens;
- International, undocumented, and DACA status;
- Males who have not registered for Selective Service; or
- Denied Status in Satisfactory Academics Progress (SAP).
Additionally, Stephens College employees (except those hired as student workers) are ineligible.
Students who are ineligible, or apply but do not receive a CARES Act grant, but still have financial need, should contact the Office of Financial Aid.
Distribution of Grants
Federal guidelines state that grant funds may be used for student expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.
The maximum Emergency Assistance Fund grant will be $1,200 per eligible undergraduate residential student and $600 per eligible graduate student. There are no set guaranteed amounts.
We appreciate students applying for a grant only if it is truly needed.
A committee comprised of Shaashawn Dial ’98, Inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Jason Enright, Assistant Director of Financial Aid; Sady Mayer Strand, Director of the Student Success Center and ADA Coordinator; and Shannon Walls ‘93, Special Assistant to the President and Title IX Coordinator, will review requests, schedule a brief conversation with applicants, and follow up with available assistance. If awarded, funds will be disbursed to students by check. It can take up to four weeks from the date of submission to receive a grant.
Students can apply for assistance by completing the Stephens College CARES Act Student Emergency Assistance Form. The application period opens July 15, 2020. All requests for assistance will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis until all the funds are disbursed.
Stephens College acknowledges these are challenging, uncertain, complex times. With the CARES Act Student Emergency Relief Fund grants, we hope to lessen the negative impact of this moment to minimize barriers and provide a path to remain focused on continuing your academic journey, building upon the investment you’ve already made in your education. We encourage you to take advantage of the support available to you as soon as possible.