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CARES Act Funding for Students In Need

Through the federal CARES Act, A&M is able to offer financial assistance to students in need.

A&M is very grateful to have the opportunity to deliver extra financial support to qualifying students during this very difficult pandemic. The federal government recently passed the CARES Act, which allocates emergency relief funding for eligible college students across the country to address pressing needs of students due to the disruption of campus operations.

If you are an A&M student eligible for financial aid and if A&M's modified operations due to COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted your personal financial situation, you can apply to receive a lump sum of money, up to $600 from A&M for qualified expenses. Although the money is funded by the federal government, individual colleges are managing the application and approval process, and the distribution of funds. The funding is limited and will be awarded based on the level of student need.

For Students in Need

Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible to receive funds if you meet the following requirements:

  • Have a completed FAFSA 
  • Have a declared major that is eligible for financial aid 
  • Be currently enrolled
  • Making Satisfactory Academic Progress  
  • Be a citizen or eligible non-citizen 

Ineligible Students

You are not eligible to receive funds if you are one of the following:

  • Enrolled completely in online course.
  • Dual credit, international student, underage student, DACA student, and visitor student
  • Consortium agreement student where A&M is not the home school

About the Fund 

  • Award amounts will vary based on your EFC determined from your FASFA application. The maximum amount a student can receive for Spring 2020 is $600.  
  • Awards will be issued once a week on Thursdays
  • The award is not a loan and does not have to be paid back.

To have the best opportunity to receive this funding, please apply soon.


Award not Received after completing Application

If you have completed the application and fund are not received, you may have errors on your application. Please verify that you have entered your correct A#. If you have entered incorrect information, your application will not process.

Other common errors:

  1. Name not entered
  2. Phones numbers entered instead of A#
  3. SSN entered instead of A#
  4. Random numbers and alphas listed instead of A#.

Receiving the Award

Funds will be awarded through direct deposit or a check mailed to the student applicant only. The awarding of funds is contingent on the receipt of funds from the CARES Act.

Direct Deposit

Direct deposit of funds is safer and faster. Typically, students receive funds 2 to 3 days sooner than when checks are sent by mail.  If you need to set up direct deposit, check out this link for directions about how to set it up.

Setting Up Direct Deposit

Update Your Mailing Address

If you are unable to take advantage of direct deposit, please check your address to make sure that we have your current address.

  • Go to My AAMU
  • Login using your SSO
  • Update Mailing Address using Banner Self -Service

Alabama A&M University wishes you and your loved ones good health as we all work together to get through this pandemic. Please stay safe.


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