CARES Act Disclosure

   Campus Announcements | Posted on May 15, 2020

Andrews University has applied for and received funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and intends to use at least 50 percent of those funds to provide emergency financial aid grants to students, as mandated by the Act. Andrews University has approximately 1,273 Title IV eligible students for the 2019–2020 school year.

The 50 percent portion designated for these grants totals $618,278.

As of May 12, 2020, $304,187.50 has been distributed to 317 students (enrolled in seated classes on the main campus when the University moved to remote learning on March 23, 2020), who had filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019–2020 academic year and were Title IV eligible students.

Andrews University used an application process where students requested funds based on their needs due to COVID-19 disruption. Eligible students were notified of approval of their application, and their approved funds were sent by eRefunds or by physical check to the address on their application. Some students who have yet to file their FAFSA may be eligible for funds upon filing. Potentially eligible students who have not filed a FAFSA were notified of the opportunity to receive assistance. For eligible students who still have not applied for this grant, please access the application link in the email sent by Vice President Frances Faehner on Tuesday, May 5, with the subject line “COVID-19 Update: Reminder to Apply for Student Emergency Funding.” If you have additional questions, please email

To help determine a maximum criteria, Andrews University used a different set of guidelines, looking at the Income Protection Allowance, HHS Poverty Guidelines and an average cost of Institutional Housing at Andrews for guidance. A chart was developed based on number in household for food and housing with a maximum between $400–$1,200 and for other categories with a maximum from $100–$600.

Questions about the CARES Act funds can be directed to the Office of Student Financial Services through email to

Andrews University sent notification letters and an application link about the CARES Act funds on April 14, 2020.