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 COVID.

Students on Concordia's campus

The amount provided to the university is limited and will be distributed to students based on documentation and until all funds have been depleted. Students with eligible expenses may submit more than one application if warranted, however, it is important to note that reimbursements will be CUMULATIVE up to the maximum reimbursement amount of $2000. For example, a student who submitted an application back in Spring 2020 for unexpected expenses as a result of the transition from on campus learning to off campus learning, AND submits a new application for a computer as needed for hybrid learning environments for Fall 2020, will not be reimbursed more than $2000, total.

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 or due to quarantine.
  • Technology-related expenses due to courses being offered solely online or hybrid courses.
  • Transportation expenses resulting of unexpectedly leaving campus, having to return from a program that was canceled (choir tour, study trips) or returning home due to quarantine.
  • Child care
  • Course materials
  • Health care expenses, including expenses related to COVID testing
  • Other unique circumstances related to the transition

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 were used to provide room and board credits to students. Covering expenditures from April 26, 2020 through September 30, 2020. Approximately 1,100 enrolled students at the time of disruption, of which 976 filed a 19/20 FAFSA, 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. 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 492 students receiving funds as of December 31, 2020 with a total of $466,528 of the funds distributed.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds Questions and Answers