CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

We have reached capacity on extended funding as of June 5, 2020.  Applications are no longer being accepted.    

Click here for Trinity’s Compliance Statement for CARES Act Funds

In response to the global Covid-19 Pandemic, the U.S. Government has enacted the CARES Act to provide, among other things, financial support for students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

All students, enrolled in Spring 2020, both undergraduate and graduate, full-time and part-time, may apply, subject to the rules below.

For CARES Act support, students must be U.S. citizens and eligible to receive Title IV federal financial aid, normally supported through filing the FAFSA.

If you need an emergency grant but are not a U.S. citizen, you may still apply for a grant that will be covered through Trinity’s private emergency funds for students.

This is a special Covid-19 program that is separate from Trinity’s regular Student Emergency Assistance Program. Students may apply for the special Covid-19 emergency grants even if they received other emergency grants previously. Trinity may take into consideration the amount of previous grants in determining the amount of the special Covid-19 grant.

The Covid-19 emergency grants will be in amounts up to a maximum of $2,000 per student. Students must attest to the need for the grant for the purposes required by the law in the box below, acknowledge the payment method and sign as indicated.  Please note that these grants may be subject to federal and state income tax.  Trinity will issue CARES ACT grants to students either by direct deposit or paper check. Students can select the method of payment by using the payment portal in Self-Service.

UPDATE:  We have reached capacity for initial funding for the CARES Act Grant as of April 30, 2020.  We have reached capacity on extended funding as of June 5, 2020.  Applications are no longer being accepted.    

Questions? Contact Dr. Karen Gerlach, Vice President for Student Affairs at