Ashland University Coronavirus Response - What you need to know for 2021

AU Cares For You II - Student Relief Program. 2,581 students received funds. $2,146,500 distributed to students.

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)

On January 17, 2021, Ashland University was awarded $1,993,958 from the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) to help relieve the financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic on our students.

Ashland University is committed to students' academic success, health, and wellbeing during these difficult and uncertain times. Ashland University’s goal is to help as many eligible students as possible under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA),referred to as the AU Cares For You II grant. Grants will be automatically awarded to students with demonstrated, exceptional, financial need based on the information presented on the students' 2020-21 or 2021-22 (FAFSA) or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The AU Cares For You II grant is a one-time Spring 2021 award, and students who receive this grant will not be able to request additional AU Cares For You II grants. 

As of June 30, 2021, the University awarded and disbursed $ 2,146,500 to 2,581 eligible students.

How AU Cares For You II Funds Are Being Awarded?

How are they being awarded?

Awards will range from $500 to $1,000 and be determined by the student’s EFC. Students presenting exceptional need will receive the highest award. If the student completes both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 FAFSA. The lowest EFC will be used to make an award determination. Awards are determined as presented in the chart below. Application for consideration is not required for those initially meeting all eligibility requirements.

EFC RangeAward Amount
0-5,711 $1,000
5,712-30,000 $750
30,001 and above $500

Students Who Qualify for Automatic Disbursement

Eligible students will receive an automatic disbursement unless consent is given by the student to apply the grant directly to the student’s current AU account balance. Please see the Frequently Asked Quesitons (FAQ) section for more information regarding eligibility.

  • Students will receive notification through their AU email of their automatic disbursement on April 5, 2021.
  • Awards can be viewed in your student account in Self-Service (will need to be logged in with AU username and password).
  • Students who receive an award notification, and have an outstanding balance on their AU student account, have until April 9, 2021 to indicate if they want the funds issued or give consent to apply the funds to their student account balance.
  • Students who did not consent by the April 9, 2021 deadline, will automatically have a direct deposit to their identified bank account if they have set up direct deposit (will need to be logged in with AU username and password) within Self-Service or a paper check will be issued.
    • We highly encourage students to set up direct deposit (will need to be logged in with AU username and password) under Banking Information in Self-Service.
  • Deposits will be made on April 15, 2021 (please allow 3-5 business days to receive) or paper checks will be mailed (please allow 5-7 business days to receive).

Students Who Do Not Qualify for Automatic Disbursement

Students who do not receive an AU Cares For You II grant automatically, can submit an Application for Reconsideration

This application is for students who will not receive emergency grant funds automatically on April 15, 2021.  Please check your AU email or student account for award notification on April 5, 2021, prior to completing this reconsideration application.

To apply for reconsideration the student must:

  1. Currently be enrolled in the Spring 2021 for one or more credit hours
  2. Have a 2020-2021 or 2021-22 FAFSA on file with the Student Financial Aid Office.

Additional Information:

  • The application will close on April 30, 2021 or when grant funds are exhausted. 

  • If a student's application is denied, an email will be sent to the student's AU email within  2 to 3 weeks.

  • AU highly encourages students to set up direct deposit (will need to be logged in with AU username and password) under Banking Information in Self-Service.

Students with an Outstanding Balance on their AU Student Account

Students who receive a grant automatically and have an outstanding balance on their AU student account have the option to fill out a consent form to indicate how they want their funds issued.

  • Option 1: I consent Ashland University to apply the AU Cares For You II grant to eligible charges owed on my student account first, then refund any surplus funds to me.

  • Option 2: I do not consent Ashland University to apply the AU Cares For You II grant funds to eligible charges owed on my student account.  Please release the full amount of the grant directly to me.

The consent form needs to be completed by April 9,2021. Students who missed the deadline will receive direct payment as described above under Automatic Disbursements.

Spending your AU Cares For You II funds

AU Cares For You II grants are offered to help students who are facing unexpected financial challenges related to COVID-19. These grants are disbursed directly to the student via direct deposit or paper check and can be used for any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that have arisen due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. The AU Cares For You II grant is not taxable income, is not required to be repaid and is meant to directly assist students during this crisis.

AU Cares For You II FAQs

AU CARES FOR YOU II FAQs

 

What is The AU CARES FOR YOU II Grant?

The AU CARES FOR YOU II grant was generated as a result of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERFII) authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) passed on December 27, 2020 to provide financial assistance to students with demonstrated exceptional needed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who is eligible to receive AU CARES FOR YOU II Grant?

To be eligible for an AU Cares for You II grant, the student must have completed and filed the  2020-21 or 2021-22  FAFSA, be eligible for Title IV financial aid, and currently be enrolled in one or more credit hours for the Spring 2021 semester.

Why Do I need to complete the FAFSA to be considered for the AU CARES FOR YOU II Grant?

The Department of Education’s guidance requires Institutions of Higher Education to evaluate, document, and prioritize students who demonstrate exceptional financial need when awarding AU CARES FOR YOU II grants. 

Why am I receiving an AU CARES FOR YOU II grant?

Current students that are enrolled in one or more credit hours in the Spring 2021 semester and have a completed and filed 2020-21 or 2021-22 FAFSA on file will automatically be awarded an AU CARES FOR YOU II grant. 

How much in AU CARES FOR YOU II will I receive?

Grants will range from $500 to $1000. Grants will be determined using the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

How will I be notified and when will I receive my AU Cares For YOU II Grant?

Eligible students will be notified of their AU Cares for YOU II grant through their ashland.edu email address by April 5, 2021.  Additionally, students will be able to see their payment on their AU student account within self-service after April 15, 2021.

How and will the grant be distributed?

AU Cares for You II grants will be provided directly to the student through direct deposit or check. Please allow 3-5 business days for the grant to be received to your account, if you choose the direct deposit method and 5-7 business days for checks to be received.  Students are encouraged to complete their direct deposit information within Self Service to ensure safe and efficient payment of the grant.  Attached are directions (PDF) to assist you in updating your direct deposit information. For questions regarding direct deposit, please contact the Student Accounts Office at busoff@ashland.edu or 419.289.5022.

Can I apply my AU CARES FOR YOU II Grant to my student account balance?

Yes, if you received notification through your AU email that you will receive an AU CARES FOR YOU II grant and wish to have the grant applied directly to your student account balance, you must complete the CONSENT FORM by April 9th, 2021.

Do I need to pay back this grant?

No, this grant does not need to be repaid.

Do I need to keep track of how I use my AU CARES FOR YOU II grant?

No, students who receive an AU CARES FOR YOU II grant are not required to record or track how they spend the funds.

I received notification I am receiving an AU CARES For YOU II grant, can I apply for more funding?

No, if you have already been awarded an AU CARES FOR YOU II grant, you are not eligible to apply for additional funds. Please continue to check the website for updated information on AU CARES FOR YOU III in the near future.

Can I receive an AU CARES FOR YOU II grant if I withdrew from the Spring 2021 Semester?

No, at this time AU CARES FOR YOU II grants are not available to students that withdrew from the university. Please continue to check the website for updated information on AU CARES FOR YOU III in the near future.

Can I receive an AU CARES FOR YOU II grant if I graduated prior to the start of the Spring 2021 Semester?

No, at this time AU CARES FOR YOU II grants are not available to students that withdrew from the university. Please continue to check the website for updated information on AU CARES FOR YOU III in the near future.

Will AU CARES FOR YOU II Grants affect my NCAA Eligibility?

No, AU CARES FOR YOU II grants do not adversely affect NCAA or athletic scholarships. 

Am I still eligible if I did not receive an award notification through my AU email by April 5, 2021?

If you did not receive a grant notification to your AU email by April 5, 2021, it is likely you were not enrolled in one or more credit hours for the Spring 2021 and/or did not complete or file a 2022-21 or 2021-22 FAFSA on file at the time of disbursement. 

If you have now completed the FAFSA and meet the eligibility requirements you may complete a Reconsideration Application by April 30, 2021.

I did not receive an AU CARES FOR YOU II Grant and submitted a Reconsideration Application, when will I hear back?

Once you submit a Reconsideration Application, a decision will be made in two to three weeks through your AU email account.

I do not qualify for the AU CARES FOR YOU II Grant, am I able to get financial assistance?

If you are not eligible, then you will not be considered for AU CARES FOR YOU II grant. However, Ashland University has separate emergency grant funds, made possible from the generosity of donors and friends of the University, that may be available to help you. Please complete the Student Emergency Fund (SEF) application for consideration.

I lost my job does this have an impact on the AU CARES FOR YOU II Grant?

If you have experienced a significant loss of income due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, it is recommended that you contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss the details of your situation. It may be an option to request a Special Condition to determine if you are eligible for additional federal funds due to a reduction or loss of income.

Who should I contact with questions?

Students who have additional questions, may contact the following offices weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

American Rescue Plan (ARP)

On March 11, 2011, American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2 was signed into law, authorizing the Higher Education Relief Fund III to provide $39.6 billion in support intuitions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning outcomes during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The University has received notice of funding and is finalizing its determination of use of such awards.