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CARES Act Emergency Grant

Updated January 10, 2021

All CARES funding has been exhausted. If additional funding becomes available, students will be notified.

Geneseo has received $2,276,062 from the Department of Education pursuant to the Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. All of these funds will be used for eligible students that have been impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. 

Geneseo has prioritized awarding Emergency Financial Aid Grants to its students in the following manner:


Students who have a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file for either 2019-20 or 2020-21 and have met all eligibility requirements for federal (Title IV) financial aid may be eligible if they have incurred allowable expenses. Allowable expenses are defined as additional costs incurred for items such as food, housing, healthcare, moving or storage expenses, technology, and childcare.

Examples of additional costs:

  • Cost of traveling to and from campus to move belongings back home
  • Storage unit rental to store belongings
  • Purchase of a new (or upgraded) computer in order to complete coursework online
  • Cost of upgraded internet service in order to complete coursework online
  • Additional food costs no longer covered by a campus meal plan
  • Cost of COVID-19 testing or other healthcare related expenses

Examples of NON-allowable expenses:

  • Lost wages
  • Off campus rent that would have been paid had campus remained open

Grant Amounts

Approved grants will be paid via direct deposit or paper check. If you have not previously set up direct deposit, you are strongly encouraged to do so via the on-line Student Account Center. Instructions on how to sign up for direct deposit are available on the Student Accounts website. Paper checks will take longer to process and mail.

Acknowledgement of CARES Act

SUNY Geneseo acknowledges an authorized representative of the institution has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securities) Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Geneseo has determined that 2958 students at the institution are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Institutional Reporting

A full report of the student portion can be found here.

A full report of the institutional portion can be found here.