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CARES Act emergency relief fund

The federal emergency assistance grant for spring 2020

The University of Minnesota Duluth has received federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which includes the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

Grants will assist degree-seeking UMD students enrolled in spring semester 2020 to cover unforeseen expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses. Note: There are also restrictions on this funding. It cannot be used toward university tuition and fees, study abroad, prior debt, or expenses unrelated to COVID-19.

UMD CARES Act student financial assistance applications will be accepted through Monday, August 10, 2020.


  • Enrollment as a degree-seeking student at the University of Minnesota Duluth in spring 2020
  • Enrollment in at least one in-person class as of March 13, 2020 (prior to the coronavirus pandemic)
  • Completed 2019-2020 FAFSA, and
  • Completed UMD COVID-19 Financial Assistance Application

UMD federal emergency assistance grant criteria

Following Department of Education guidance, students with the greatest documented financial need will be prioritized within the grant awarding process.

Invitations with a link to the application form will be sent to subgroups of students based on household financial status, per the completed 2019-2020 FAFSA.

Three rounds of invitations to undergraduate students beginning June 3, 2020:

Round 1: Pell-eligible or household income less than $50,000 (beginning June 3, 2020)
Round 2: Household income less than $90,000 (beginning June 9, 2020)
Round 3: All other eligible undergraduate students with a completed 2019-2020 FAFSA, pending available funding (beginning June 15, 2020)

Invitations will be emailed to eligible graduate students with a completed 2019-2020 FAFSA the week of June 15, 2020.

Invitations will be emailed to eligible professional students with a completed 2019-2020 FAFSA the week of June 25, 2020.

Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible after receiving their email invitation. Priority will be given to students who apply on or before June 17, 2020.  The opportunity to apply will continue as long as funds are available.

Eligible students will receive an email with a link to the UMD COVID-19 Financial Assistance Application form and are encouraged to submit the form within three days of receipt for full consideration. Grant amounts range from $400 to $4,000 depending upon expenses incurred and financial eligibility. This grant does not need to be repaid, is not taxable, and does not count toward student’s financial aid.

Guidance from the Department of Education indicates that international students, those enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and undocumented students are ineligible for CARES Act student financial assistance.  Also, students enrolled in completely online programs are ineligible. 

Notification and disbursement

All applicants will be notified via email as to the status of their grant request.  Allow up to seven business days for notification.  In some cases, One Stop Student Services may follow up to obtain additional documentation.

Funds will be delivered within 14 days through the student account.  Enroll in direct deposit to receive any funds awarded as quickly as possible. Instructions for how to enroll in direct deposit can be found on the One Stop website.

For further assistance, contact One Stop Student Services.

UMD CARES Act reporting

UMD CARES Act Report: December 31, 2020

UMD CARES Act Report: Institutional final - October 30, 2020

UMD CARES Act Report: October 30, 2020

UMD CARES Act Report: October 9, 2020

UMD CARES Act Report: September 14, 2020

UMD CARES Act Report: July 31, 2020

UMD CARES Act Report: June 19, 2020

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