CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions

Southwestern Christian University has emergency grants available to help with student expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.

These funds are meant to assist eligible students with expenses incurred after March 13, 2020. Because these are grant funds, they are not added to any student loan amounts a student may have.  

These student grants are available to undergraduate and graduate students on SCU’s campus.


How can I apply for a CARES Act Emergency Grant?

Apply here or visit our website at

Funding for this emergency financial assistance is limited and may vary from person to person. Funding for this grant is provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This is a one-time grant that does not need to be repaid.  This fund does not negate nor replace financial aid.


What are the eligibility requirements?

Below are specific CARES Act requirements:

·Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate at SCU.
·Must be either an eligible U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen who is eligible for Title IV funding.  
·Students who have or can demonstrate financial need or hardship caused by or because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
·Students who are eligible for Title IV funding.
·Students who are in good academic standing and enrolled in at least one non-online course.
·Students who are not in default on a federal student loan.
·Students who have completed a CARES Act Emergency Grant Application. 


How will the applications be reviewed?

The University requests students to apply for the CARES Emergency Assistance Grants, providing the necessary evidence of eligibility and the amount requested. A designated website is available at to centralize information related to eligibility, the application link, and FAQ.  A committee of University representatives will facilitate the awarding structure and process for the CARES awards. The applications will be reviewed to ensure eligibility and that the requested grants are for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Students will be directly contacted by email regarding ineligibility, application errors, and approved applications. If additional information is needed, the committee will contact the student to obtain the necessary information. Application reviews will take place on a regular and ongoing basis until all available funds are disbursed. 


When are applications due?

Applications should be submitted prior to June 23, 2020.