ASU Mid-South recently received funds through the federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act which allows us to provide emergency financial aid grants directly to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Allowable expenses include those associated with the cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare. Funds may not be used for other purposes.
CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grant Eligibility
To be eligible to receive these funds, students must have been enrolled as degree-seeking students in on-ground (as opposed to exclusively online) coursework as of March 13, 2020, our last day of on- campus operations. An eligible student must also be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen; have a valid Social Security number; be registered with the Selective Service (if the student is male); and have an earned high school diploma, GED, or certified completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting. Non-degree seeking students, concurrently enrolled high school students, and students who are on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) suspension for Title IV Financial Aid are not eligible for these funds.
The amount of money students receive will be based upon the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) determined by their current Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as the number of hours in which they are enrolled.
To receive funds through the CARES Act, students must have a current FAFSA on file and submit a certification statement, which will be provided to eligible students.
Once your certification is processed, grant funds will be direct deposited (for those students who have that information already on file with the Finance Office) or mailed to your home address on file in our Registrar’s Office. It is important that you verify the accuracy of that address and notify the Registrar’s Office, email@example.com, as soon as possible of any needed changes.
CARES Act Funds by the Numbers
Amount of Funds Received for Emergency Financial Aid
Emergency Financial Aid Grants Distributed to Date
Estimated Total Number of Eligible Students
Total Number of Students Who Have Received Funds to Date
Minimum Emergency Financial Aid Grant Value (Projected)
Maximum Emergency Financial Aid Grant Value (Projected)
*Totals will be updated regularly
COVID-19 Student Emergency Financial Aid Grant Certification Form
The federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act provides funding for direct financial support to eligible students who have experienced disruption to their education due to COVID-19. Arkansas State University Mid-South, using guidance provided by the United States Department of Education, will administer this funding. Please complete this form one of the following ways:
1. (Fastest Certification Option) Print, complete, sign, scan, and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Print, complete, sign, and mail to:
Arkansas State University Mid-South
Financial Aid Office
2000 W. Broadway
West Memphis, AR 72301
For more information about the CARES Act student emergency financial aid grants or if you have questions about this certification form, please contact our Financial Aid office at email@example.com.