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CARES Act at Pepperdine

The US Department of Education confirmed Pepperdine will receive federal relief as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act allocates funds to support individuals and organizations affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. The legislation provides approximately $1.8 million in emergency grants for eligible students. Emergency relief will be provided to eligible students impacted by COVID-19, including funds for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.


Frequently Asked Questions

Updated May 18, 2020

Explore the information below and learn more about how to apply for the funds.

  What is the CARES Act?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocates funds to support individuals and organizations affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. The Act includes several sources of funds for colleges and universities, including the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

  What is the CARES Act at Pepperdine Emergency Fund?

Pepperdine will receive funds under the CARES Act to provide emergency grants to students for COVID-19 related expenses, including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. The University's Student Care Team is working closely with Financial Aid and Finance to coordinate these emergency grants to students who qualify.

The University aims to assist as many students as possible in meeting their emergency financial needs during this challenging time. We are all here to support you.

  What is the difference between the CARES Act at Pepperdine Fund and the Pepperdine Strong Fund?

The Pepperdine Strong Fund is a University-led resource for students that addresses food, housing, and financial insecurity throughout the year. The CARES Act at Pepperdine Fund is federally funded and is intended to help cover COVID-19 related expenses for eligible students.

For COVID-19-related assistance, students should first submit an application for the CARES Act at Pepperdine Fund. The Student Care Team may refer select students to the Pepperdine Strong Fund or other resources, as appropriate, to address their need(s). A member of the Student Care Team will reach out to those students to provide additional information.

  Who is eligible to receive assistance from the CARES Act Fund? If I am eligible, how do I apply?

On Tuesday, April 21, the US Department of Education announced it is limiting this funding to students who are eligible to receive federal financial aid and are enrolled in a program that met on-campus prior to the transition to online classes due to COVID-19. Under these guidelines, international students and students enrolled exclusively in an online program are not eligible to receive funding.

Eligible students should complete the application for the CARES Act emergency assistance. The application identifies common costs that are eligible for emergency grant funding, including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care needs.

Newly admitted students and current students facing a change in income and expected family contribution, should contact their respective financial aid office, contact information below:

Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
finaid2@pepperdine.edu

Caruso School of Law
lawfinaid@pepperdine.edu

Graziadio Business School
pgbsfinancialaid@pepperdine.edu

Graduate School of Education and Psychology
gsepfaid@pepperdine.edu

School of Public Policy
christopher.j.jones@pepperdine.edu

  Who meets the eligibility criteria for CARES Act funding?

You must be a Title IV-eligible student under Section 484 of the HEA, the student must:

  • Have a Complete Official FAFSA on file for AY2019โ€“2020.
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree, certificate or other recognized educational credential (including a program of study abroad approved for credit by the eligible institution at which such student is enrolled)--that is, a regular student under 34 CFR 600.2);
  • Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school and have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent;
  • Be maintaining satisfactory academic progress (SAP) if the student is a currently enrolled student;
  • Not owe an overpayment (refund) on Title IV grants;
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan;
  • File with ED "as part of the original financial aid application process" a certification (Statement of Educational Purpose) that includes:
    • statement of educational purpose, and
    • The student's Social Security Number (SSN);
  • Be a US citizen or national, a permanent resident, or an eligible noncitizen;
  • Have returned any fraudulently obtained Title IV funds, if the student is convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges;
  • Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits;
  • Have repaid any Title IV loan overpayment amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits, if obtained inadvertently;
  • Have his Selective Service registration verified (the Title IV aid ineligibility for failure to register is actually in the Selective Service Act ยง3811(f));
  • Have a valid SSN, except for residents of the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau; and
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.
  Are international students eligible for assistance?

No. The US Department of Education clarified on April 21, 2020, that the CARES Act Fund is not available to international students.

  What resources are available to international students?

The Pepperdine Strong Fund is ready to assist international students who are experiencing financial distress due to unforeseen circumstances. Please reach out to the Student Care Team to complete the process for requesting assistance.

  Are students enrolled exclusively in online programs eligible for assistance under the CARES Act?

No. The Department of Education clarified on April 21, 2020, that the CARES Act Fund is not available to students enrolled exclusively in online programs prior to Pepperdine's transition to remote learning on March 13th, 2020, at this time.

  What resources are available to students enrolled in exclusively online programs?

The Pepperdine Strong Fund and other student emergency fund resources will be considered to support online students who are experiencing financial distress due to unforeseen circumstances. Please note that the allocated cash aid from these resources may vary on a case-by-case basis. If you applied for CARES Act funding, your information was forwarded to the Student Care Team staff. They will reach out to students as soon as possible.

If you are a financial aid recipient with remaining loan eligibility, you may also wish to consider that option. Private financing may also be available. Please refer to your respective Financial Aid Office for more information.

  Is there a deadline to apply for CARES Act at Pepperdine Funds?

We are reviewing applications as quickly as possible so we can meet students' critical needs. Funds are limited, so we encourage students to apply/provide documentation no later than 5 PM (PDT) on May 31, 2020.

  What time period do the emergency CARES Act at Pepperdine funds cover?

The emergency CARES Act at Pepperdine funds are for expenses related to COVID-19 from March 13, 2020, the date the president declared a national emergency, through May 31, 2020.

  I missed the deadline. May I still apply?

Funds will be reserved for a later time and you may be able to apply at that time.

  If I receive CARES Act funding, will it negatively impact my existing financial aid package?

No. Funding from the CARES Act Pepperdine fund will not impact a student's financial aid package since CARES Act funding is not categorized as financial aid.

  How long will it take to receive a decision after I submit my application?

We are reviewing applications as quickly as possible so we can meet students' critical needs. Students will receive an email notification when their application is processed.

  How much funding will I receive?

The amount of funding will depend on your specific financial circumstances, and will vary on a case-by-case basis. For COVID-19-related assistance, students should first submit an application for the CARES Act at Pepperdine Fund.

  Will I receive the total amount of CARES Act funds that I requested?

In an effort to issue funds widely to students impacted by COVID-19, disbursements were based on a case-by-case basis and may not cover the total amount requested.

  When will I receive my funding?

We are currently reviewing completed applications and will fund eligible students as quickly as possible. Due to the high volume of applications we are receiving, we cannot reliably provide the exact timing for funding disbursement. You can help expedite funding disbursement by responding to all requests for clarification and documentation as quickly as possible.

  How will I receive my funds?

If funding is approved, the emergency funds will be disbursed to you via a digital disbursement process,  with all communication routed through your Pepperdine email. Specifically, the student will receive a notification email informing them that Pepperdine University has paid them. Within the email, the recipient will need to accept the payment and direct it to the account of their choosing. Although this disbursement will come from Chase, the funds can be received by the financial institution of your choosing, to any of your accounts. Once the funds have been electronically accepted, funds will be available in the account of the recipient in 2-3 business days.

Please note, CARES Act grant funds are not a discount on tuition. Disbursements from this fund will not be applied to an outstanding balance on your student account.

  Are the funds taxable?

The IRS has recently announced that emergency grants to students are nontaxable.

  Will there be CARES Act funds in 2020โ€“2021?

Pepperdine University will reserve a portion of the CARES Act funding for the 2020โ€“2021 year as it is currently unknown how long we will be impacted by the coronavirus.

  Whom may I contact if I have questions about the CARES Act Pepperdine Fund or Pepperdine Strong Fund?

Please contact our Student Care Team. We are all here to support you during this time and are praying that you remain safe, healthy, and well.


Disclaimer: This information is subject to change due to the evolving guidance on this topic. Please continue to check this site frequently for the latest information.