CARES Act Funding
In addition to so many personal, academic and operational challenges presented by COVID-19 to the Pirate community, significant financial implications have occurred and will continue for our university and so many others across the higher education landscape.
We want to keep these issues from derailing the academic progress that many in our community have worked toward for a lifetime. Our priority in the short term is to provide our students and their families with the relief we can, using funds that have been made available through federal and state grants, our generous donors and other sources.
The U.S. Department of Education has now begun releasing the first wave of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. In coordination with the UNC System, ECU is in the processing of implementing the best mechanisms to deliver these funds to students. ECU has received approximately $19.4 million, of which $9.7 million is specifically reserved to provide students with emergency financial aid grants.
We have established a clear set of guiding principles to help us distribute this money effectively, equitably and quickly. Our hope is to help students stay enrolled at ECU, mitigate financial impacts from COVID-19, and maintain progress toward earning a college degree – a lifelong goal for so many students and families in our community.
June 15, 2020 — If you have financial needs related to the impact of COVID-19, please make sure you complete your FAFSA and consider filing a special circumstances petition for 2020-21 consideration. At this time, ECU is no longer taking separate applications for CARES Act funding.