CARES Act Funding

Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress, Concordia will be receiving limited Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) to be distributed to any student who has been impacted financially with unforeseen expenses due to the transition of campus operations from face-to face learning to fully online learning.

Students on Concordia's campus

As a Concordia Nebraska student, you may be eligible for funds provided to the university from the federal government. Eligible students include:

  1. Any student who has a FAFSA on file with the institution

The amount provided to the university is limited and will be distributed based on documented need. While it's not possible to guarantee, based on the amount of funds provided, most students could receive up to $400.

To apply for these funds, please fill out the application. The application will require confirmation by email sent to your email address. In order to apply, you will need your Student JNumber, your email address and documented expenses, such as receipts. Eligible expenses include:

  • Food/housing expenses resulting from the move off campus when campus housing was closed
  • Technology-related expenses due to courses being offered solely online
  • Transportation expenses resulting of unexpectedly leaving campus or having to return from a program that was cancelled (choir tour, study trips)
  • Child care
  • Course materials
  • Health care
  • Other unique circumstances related to the transition

HEERF Application

We will review all requests and verify documentation matches federal government guidelines. If you request a qualified and documented expense, you are ensured to receive some level of funding. While our goal is to match the amount of funding you request, the total amount of funds Concordia is able to distribute is limited.

We will be distributing these funds directly to the bank accounts we have on file for each qualified applicant. 

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds Questions and Answers


Concordia University, Nebraska signed and submitted the Certification and Agreement Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, in the amount of $1,017,489 on April 26, 2020. At Concordia, we have dedicated $508,745 of the funds to provide emergency financial aid grants directly to eligible students. The remaining funds will be used to provide room and board credits to students, the investment of resources to assist in delivering online courses and ensuring safety for our students who were traveling during the pandemic outbreak. Approximately 1,100 enrolled students at the time of disruption are eligible to apply for the emergency grants. To be eligible for the grant the student must be Title IV eligible. The initial reimbursement amount is $400 per student for students enrolled after March 13, 2020 during the spring 2020 semester. Pending leftover funds, eligible students with larger expenses may be reimbursed beyond $400 with a maximum reimbursement of $2,000. The application is currently available for students to complete. There are 303 applications approved as of July 22 with a total of $157,496 of the funds distributed.