USC Aiken received $1,532,706 through the CARES Act to support students who incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

To receive a CARES Act Emergency Grant, students must complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA to demonstrate eligibility for Title IV aid.

Based on additional guidance provided by the US Department of Education as to what populations of students can receive emergency grants, USC Aiken developed the following plan for awarding and disbursing the funds.

Student Populations Excluded from the Distribution:

  • Students who did NOT complete a FAFSA
  • Students enrolled as Non-degree
  • International/DACA Students
  • Students enrolled in 100% online programs (Palmetto College, RN to BSN, MBA, MEd)
  • Students who withdrew prior to March 16
  • Students not making satisfactory academic progress
  • Students enrolled less than half-time

All other students were awarded emergency grant amounts based on 1) Pell eligibility and 2) enrollment status:

Student Population (FAFSA Filers) Amount
Undergrad w/ Pell - 12+ hours 1000
Undergrad w/ Pell - 9-11 hours 750
Undergrad w/ Pell - <9 hours 500
Undergrad no Pell - 12+ hours 500
Undergrad no Pell - 9-11 hours 375
Undergrad no Pell - <9 hours 250
Masters of Science - full-time 300

Eligible students were awarded a grant entitled CARES Act Fund on Monday, May 4, 2020 and notified by email the same day.  To receive the funds, eligible students must access their Self-Service Carolina (SSC) account and manually accept the award. 

The deadline for students to accept the award is May 31, 2020.

The message attached to the CARES Act Fund reads as follows:

CARES emergency grant funds are available to eligible students as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.  By accepting the CARES Act Fund, you acknowledge that you have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

After acceptance of the award, the funds will be disbursed to the students’ accounts and a refund will be issued regardless if there is an outstanding balance remaining on the account.

A portion of the allocation has been set aside to award emergency grants to students who have not already completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA. 

In order to receive funds from the CARES Act, students must do so before June 15, 2020, and be deemed Title IV eligible according to federal regulations.

View CARES Act Report

All messages sent regarding the coronavirus can be found within the messages to our community below.