In response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Congress passed the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Aid, which provides $6.3 billion in direct support to institutions. North Carolina Central University signed and returned the Certification of Agreement to the Department of Education on April 13, 2020, which authorized $8.9 million for institution support and student assistance. The university will disseminate $4,466,117 as emergency financial aid grants for students in accordance with the CARES Act regulatory requirements.
The university established a CARES Act Emergency Relief Aid task force to review guidelines and establish criteria for disbursement of the student relief aid. Funding assistance will be offered to all students with a valid FAFSA who meet Title IV eligibility requirements to cover a student’s expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, including, but not limited to the following:
- Housing, such as having to move off campus when residence halls closed;
- Course materials;
- Technology-related expenses, such as having to purchase a computer when the student's courses are moved online; and
- Transportation, such as having to secure a flight to return home because classes were cancelled or residence halls were closed or having to return from study abroad when the program is cancelled.