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CARES Act Information

The CARES Act provides funding to colleges and universities to assist students through cash grants and to support schools with costs incurred by moving to on-line instruction and campus closures. Half of the funding provided through this act to schools is designated to go directly to students in the form of cash grants. The second half of the funding is designated for the school to use but is not specific to students.

Do I qualify for funding?

Students do not need to apply for these cash grants. Alma College will be distributing funding to all students who meet the following:

  • Attended winter term full time (12 credits or more) as determined by registration on the census date January 17, 2020 and did not withdraw prior to March 18, 2020, when the college ended in-person classes.
  • Per requirements set by the grant, to qualify, a student must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, have a valid SSN, registered for Selective Service, obtained a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.
  • Students must have filed a 2019-20 FAFSA and be eligible for Title IV aid. *
  • The amount each student will receive is based on a student’s financial need, as determined by the FAFSA, so the grant amount will not be the same for every student and is not negotiable.
  • Funding must be distributed directly to the student.

*Students who have not yet filed the 2019 – 2020 FAFSA you must do so by May 18 and notify the Aid Office of your filing by emailing Once we receive your email notice and the FAFSA we will verify that all requirements were met for Title IV aid eligibility and we will notify you of the determination. If determined to be eligible the maximum grant amount for a student who files the 2019 – 2020 FAFSA after April 20, 2020 is $325.

How do I receive the funding?

Grant funding will be distributed directly to the student by a mailed check or direct deposit. If you have opted in to direct deposit for any reason it will go directly to the account you setup. If there is no direct deposit information on file it will be mailed to your preferred mailing address on file. Any changes must be made by Thursday, May 14 at 8:00 a.m. Direct deposits and checks will be processed on Friday, May 15.

  • If your address needs updated, please contact the financial aid office at
  • If you need to update or add direct deposit information, please do this through self-service. (directions)
  • If you have questions about the grant itself or filing the FAFSA please contact the Financial Aid Office at

Financial Hardships and Emergencies

Additional one-time assistance may be available if you are facing a COVID-19 related financial hardship or emergency. The following situations qualify to be reviewed for additional funding:

  • Permanent or temporary job loss of one or both parents
  • Death of an immediate family member (sibling or parent)
  • Student loss of pay or permanent or temporary job loss

Students and families who have experienced these situations should submit a letter detailing your family situation. Include as much detail as you can (with income loss amounts indicated). You must hand sign and date the letter prior to submission. If you are unable to hand sign your letter, please contact the financial aid office at It should then be uploaded to our office at or mailed to the Financial Aid Office at 614 W. Superior St. Alma, MI 48801. If uploading, please select COVID-19 as the document type. Each situation will then be reviewed for potential changes to your FAFSA that could result in additional federal or state funding and/or additional one-time emergency funding. If we can move forward, we will email both the parent and student for additional required documentation.

CARES Webinar 

CARES Student Grants Reporting

CARES Act Student Reporting Form Template

Report 1 - May 18, 2020