The CARES Act Grant at Pacific Union College provides temporary, short-term, emergency financial assistance to eligible students who are experiencing an unforeseen hardship that could adversely affect their educational success. The main criteria for a grant are the demonstration of a genuine need and that the capacity for continued study may be in jeopardy due to financial hardship. 

Minimum eligibility criteria for students who may be eligible to receive CARES Act funds include those who: 

  • Filed a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form prior to March 13, 2020 (for this current 2019-2020 academic year)
  • Taking a minimum of 6 credits
  • Enrolled in an on-campus courses prior to March 13, 2020
  • Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Experiencing unexpected financial hardship from COVID-19

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To prioritize rapid support of students in need, PUC will deliver automatic initial grants (no request required) to students who meet the eligibility criteria and have a 2019-2020 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $10,000 or lower, as calculated through the FAFSA process. Grants will be awarded based on the EFC and need.

What could grant funding be used for?

They are designed to assist you in covering basic needs such as:

  • Food & other essential needs
  • Homelessness due to loss of housing or unsafe living environment
  • Medical fees
  • New technology for online classes
  • Overdue bills (medical, rent, utility)
  • Temporary job loss/loss of income
  • Automotive repair
  • Expenses related to student emergency travel (i.e. travel assistance off campus)

Students with an EFC over $10,000 experiencing unexpected financial hardship resulting from COVID-19 should apply to the PUC CARES Act Grant.

For needs outside the above (including tuition and fees) please apply for the PUC COVID-19 Student Relief Grant.

How are funds received?

Disbursements will occur via paper check mailed to the mailing address on the application.

When will I hear if I get a grant?

We anticipate notifying awarded students and distributing all grant awards before the end of the spring 2020 quarter.

If you need more immediate assistance, such as those currently living in unsafe environments, please email studentlife@puc.edu.

What is my EFC?

View your Student Aid Report (SAR) at www.studentaid.gov CARES Act Grants are based on the current 2019-2020 EFC.

How much are the grants?

We hope to meet the most immediate needs of pioneers who are affected. The grant amount will vary based on EFC and need.

Are International, Dreamers & Open University Students Eligible? 

International students and undocumented students at PUC are not eligible for the PUC CARES Act Grant, however we do have some limited funds in our PUC COVID-19 Student Relief Grant and encourage any student who is experiencing an unforeseen economic crisis to submit an application.

For more information on the CARE Act HEERF Funds please visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/heerfstudentfaqs.pdf.

Initial 45-day Report of Funds Used

Pacific Union College signed and returned to the Department of Education the Recipient's Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on April 10, 2020.

Pacific Union College received $569,112 on April 28, 2020 for the sole purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants directly to students. PUC estimates 766 students are eligible to receive grants from this fund.

As of July 22, 2020, $376,901 has been disbursed to 431 students, or 66.23% of the total grant funds available to disburse.

PUC used the following methods to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive.

For all students:

  • Students must have completed a FAFSA
  • Students must be Title IV eligible (enrolled at least half-time, meeting SAP, etc.)
  • Students were issued a disbursement through check using their current address

For group 1, students were selected as a group based on EFC 10,000. No application was required.

For group 2, students applied for an Emergency Grant:

  • Priority was given to students with an EFC of $10,001 or more who did not fall in group 1 above.
  • Students indicated a significant financial detriment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and
  • Students indicated the purpose of the Emergency Grant was to fund allowable expenses (food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or child care expenses)