CARES Act Funding
Dear Bengals,

In a world where COVID-19 has taken center stage, your health, safety, and success remains the focus of Idaho State University. While we are anxious to return to normal, we will do so following guidance and recommendations from our public health officials and our state leaders.

The COVID-19 impact has been felt everywhere, and to help mitigate the effect on your academic experience, the Department of Education has allocated funding to directly support you. Known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the funding will be provided to help you cover costs incurred from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Making sure our students with the greatest need receive assistance is a priority for Idaho State. Our goal is to provide access to funds that are intended to help you with expenses, including course materials, distance-based technology, food, housing, health care, and childcare. Idaho State’s model for distribution is outlined below and will be primarily distributed based on the Expected Family Contribution calculated for each student on their completed 2019-20 FAFSA. 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.
Spring 2020
Disbursed: May 6
Summer 2020
Disbursed: June 15
Fall 2020
Disbursed: September 15
This is for students who received a disbursement in Spring 2020 and are enrolled in Fall 2020.
The University will start to distribute Spring 2020 assistance on Wednesday, May 6 . Please note that you will need to sign up for Idaho State’s e-refund (direct deposit), if you have not already. Students who do not sign up for e-refund will be mailed a paper check to the permanent address on file, which will take additional time due to mail delay.

To sign up for e-refund, please follow the steps below:
  1. Log into BengalWeb
  2. Select Student Finances
  3. Scroll down to Online Fee Payment and select Enroll in eRefund
  4. This step will prompt you to Proceed to TouchNet 
  5. Select Electronic Refunds under My Profile Setup
You will need your bank account number and the routing number for your financial institution.
U.S. Department of Education CARES Act Guidance

Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. Additionally, the Department of Education has told institutions 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 is distributing 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. ISU also opted to exclude students who paid discounted tuition for the Spring 2020 semester.
If you have questions about your e-refund, please call the Idaho State Cashier's Office at (208) 282-2900. For questions related to FAFSA or your disbursement amount, contact Financial Aid at (208) 282-2756 or email .

Roar, Bengals, Roar!

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