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CARES Act Emergency Grant

Updated September 30, 2020

The CARES application is NOW AVAILABLE! (You must log in to your Geneseo account to apply.)

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.

Grant Amounts

SUNY Geneseo will be offering a Base Grant to students that qualify. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant in the Spring 2020 semester will be offered up to $800. Qualifying non-Pell eligible students will be offered $500.

Base Grant Amount

Check in Knightweb if you are unsure if you received a Spring 2020 Pell Grant.

High Need (students who received a Federal Pell Grant in Spring 2020): $800
Non-High Need (students who did not receive a Federal Pell Grant in Spring 2020): $500

Students will be required to submit a Certification for a CARES Base Emergency Grant in which they can request one of the following options:

  1. Base Grant
  2. Less than the Base Grant. Students who incurred expenses less than the base grant can specify a dollar amount.
  3. Decline the Base Grant. 

Students who had expenses higher than their Base Grant may also submit an Enhanced Grant Request for additional funding. After June 25, the Office of Financial Aid will act on the amount exceeding the base award. If the additional amount is also approved, the remaining funds will be disbursed.  Applications will be prioritized based on financial need and available funding. 

Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, students may receive awards ranging from $100 to $6000. 


Eligible students must submit a Certification for a CARES Base Emergency Grant.  

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.

As of September 30, 2020, Geneseo has disbursed a total of $780,788 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. 

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.

As of September 30, 2020,  a total of 1169 students have received Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. The Office of Financial Aid is reviewing applications on a daily basis.

A full report can be found here.