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Idaho State University

Federal CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

Idaho State University has received CARES Act funding from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $3,498,025 and these funds have been distributed to students in Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020.

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-IHE/Student Aid provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet. Institutions have the responsibility of determining how grants will be distributed to students, how the amount of each student grant is calculated, and the development of any instructions or directions that are provided to students about the grant. The U. S. Department of Education stated that those students who were enrolled exclusively online on March 13, 2020, the date of the President's "National Emergency" Proclamation, are not eligible for emergency CARES Act grants.

Idaho State distributed CARES Act Grants to students enrolled for Spring 2020 (cannot be withdrawn) with valid FAFSAs received and processed at ISU and must be fully eligible for federal student aid (enrolled Spring 2020 as a degree-seeking student in an aid-eligible program, U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, in good Satisfactory Academic Progress status, all requested verification documents submitted, not in default on federal student loans, and must not owe an overpayment of Title IV aid) as of the date of the CARES Act grant distribution (May 6, 2020). ISU also opted to exclude students who paid discounted tuition for the Spring 2020 semester.

Here are the criteria used by Idaho State to select CARES recipients:

  • Enrolled for Spring 2020 (not withdrawn)
  • Excluded students enrolled in online-only courses (including eISU, Web, and Web-assisted as well as other courses claimed as part of fully online programs)
  • Must have had a valid, completed 2019-2020 FAFSA received and processed by ISU as of the date of CARES disbursement, May 6th (no outstanding verification documents)
    • Must be federal aid eligible:
    • Degree-seeking in an aid-eligible major
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
    • In an aid-eligible Satisfactory Academic Progress status
    • Not in Default on a federal student loan
    • Cannot owe an Overpayment of Title IV aid
  • ISU opted to exclude students who received Employee, Employee Spouse, Non-ISU Employee, and Senior Citizen tuition discounts in Spring 2020.
  • Students who did not complete a FAFSA are not included in Idaho State’s distribution plan. However, emergency funds are available through the Dean of Students.

Idaho State University awarded CARES Act grants to 5,295 students in Spring 2020, totaling $1,881,235, and were distributed to individuals who met the eligibility requirements.

On 6/15/2020, the Summer 2020 distribution of CARES Act Grants went to 1,191 students totaling $107,190.

On 9/15/2020, the Fall 2020 distribution of CARES Act Grants went to 2,732 students totaling $1,509,600.

 

Spring 2020
Disbursed: May 6

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 and enrolled full time $550 
EFC of $0 and enrolled less than full time  $275 
EFC of $1 to $2,500 and enrolled full time  $450
EFC of $1 to $2,500 and enrolled less than full time  $225
EFC of $2,501 to $5,576 and enrolled full time  $350
EFC of $2,501 to $5,576 and enrolled less than full time $175
EFC of $5,577 to $15,000 enrolled full time $250
EFC of $5,577 to $15,000 enrolled less than full time  $150
All other enrolled students with a completed FAFSA $110

Students who received CARES Act Grant at ISU in Spring 2020 and who enroll for Summer 2020 and/or Fall 2020 will qualify for additional CARES Act Grant assistance as follows:

Summer 2020
Disbursed: June 15

Students who received a Spring 2020 disbursement and are enrolled in summer courses $90

Fall 2020
Disbursed: September 15
Students who received a disbursement in Spring 2020 and are enrolled in Fall 2020 (Must complete a 2020-2021 FAFSA and meet all federal eligibility requirements)

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 and enrolled full time $700
EFC of $0 and enrolled less than full time $350
EFC of $1 to $2,500 and enrolled full time $600
EFC of $1 to $2,500 and enrolled less than full time $300
EFC of $2,501 to $5,576 and enrolled full time $500
EFC of $2,501 to $5,576 and enrolled less than full time $250
EFC of $5,577 to $15,000 and enrolled full time $400
EFC of $5,577 to $15,000 and enrolled less than full time $200

COMMUNICATIONS TO STUDENTS REGARDING CARES ACT FUNDING:

OTHER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION RELATED TO CARES ACT GRANTS:

The IRS provides information on the tax treatment of CARES Act Grant student funding here:
Internal Revenue Service FAQs regarding Grants under the CARES Act

For questions related to FAFSA or CARES Act funding, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (208) 282-2756 or email finaidem@isu.edu.
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