CARES ACT Online Disclosure
On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, providing roughly $14 billion to institutions of higher education. Azusa Pacific University was allotted $5.4 Million through section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. APU signed and returned the Certification and Agreement form for HEERF funding and intends to utilize 50% of the total funds ($2.7 million) to award as direct cash grants to our students who experienced additional expenses as a result of COVID-19.
The CARES Act pertains to students who were enrolled in an on-campus program prior to the shift to remote learning and who are eligible to receive federal financial aid. The 2019-20 FAFSA application serves as verification of eligibility. Students who have not filed a FAFSA, may still do so now to determine CARES Act funding eligibility. Of the 9,000 APU students enrolled in March 2020, we estimate that approximately 6,500 meet eligibility requirements for a CARES Act grant.
At this moment, APU has not yet made any distributions of CARES act funds. Students are encouraged to apply for funding, by completing this form by no later than June 15, 2020.
After the application deadline above, APU will analyze all received applications and determine grant amounts based on student need, the scope of the COVID-19 expenses incurred, and the number of applications received. We will begin disbursing awards to students shortly thereafter.
Students who were enrolled in an online-only program or who are ineligible for federal financial aid do not qualify for a CARES Act grant. If you are ineligible and experiencing financial hardship, you may apply for institutional assistance through the home.apu.edu dashboard or the APU CARES - Student Referral Form.
Should you have any questions about the CARES Act grant application process, please contact APU as follows:
Traditional Undergraduate Students: firstname.lastname@example.org or (626) 815-2020
Graduate and Professional Students: email@example.com or (626) 815-4570
The APU community continues to pray for you and those you love during this time. We continue to work diligently on our plan for reopening campuses this fall and will keep the community updated as our plans emerge.
NOTE: Azusa Pacific University is providing this information to demonstrate compliance with requirements of the CARES Act for institutions receiving allocations from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.
Our Response at a Glance
The Student Health Center team is available Mon.-Fri. for telemedicine appointments from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and in-person appointments from 1-4 p.m.
All summer lecture-based courses will move to a Canvas-based learning environment.
Students who were granted exceptions to remain on campus may request extensions to stay in university housing for all or part of summer. The move out deadline is May 3, 2020 for students who did not request an extension.
We sincerely regret the need to cancel the commencement ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2020, including all related events. We realize the importance of this significant milestone for our students and their loved ones. The university has announced plans to honor Spring 2020 graduates at the December 2020 commencement ceremonies.
Most staff have moved to telework. Essential employees remain in place to ensure location-based university services remain active.