GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – Stockton University has begun taking applications from students to obtain emergency grants through the federal CARES Act program. Stockton received $5 million to provide Stockton CARES Emergency Grants for eligible students.
The funds are available to students who are eligible for federal financial aid. More than 85% of Stockton students receive federal financial aid, and more may now be eligible.
The Stockton CARES Emergency Grant funds can be used to cover expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including lost wages for student workers, food, housing, child care, health care, and costs related to academics including computers or internet access students may have purchased to accommodate the move to online courses.
“We know that our students workers rely on their income to help pay for college,” Stockton Financial Aid Director Heidi Kovalick said. “We encourage all of our students, and especially our student workers, to take advantage of this opportunity to recoup funds they have lost, or expenses they may have incurred.”
All students received an email from Stockton’s Financial Aid Office outlining the program and linking to the application for the grant funds. The deadline to apply is May 15. Students should begin receiving the grants within 14 days of their grant approval.
Kovalick said the financial aid office is also notifying eligible students and parents that if their financial situation has changed as a result of COVID-19, they may be eligible for adjusted federal financial aid for the current 2019-2020 academic year as well as 2020-2021.
“We recognize that many families have lost jobs during the pandemic and are not in the same financial situation as they were when they first applied,” Kovalick said. “We will work with them to reevaluate their status and adjust their aid if we can.”
More information and the application is online at stockton.edu/CARES