University of Northwestern Ohio

CARES Grant

COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance for UNOH Students

The University of Northwestern Ohio is offering $1,000 grants for eligible students who are experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.

These emergency grants can be used by eligible students who are struggling with living expenses or facing other unexpected financial challenges related to the disruption of campus operations due to this pandemic, including expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

CARES Act Funding

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, money was set aside for Higher Education Institutions to provide aid to students facing financial hardships.  This fund, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, granted the University of Northwestern Ohio approximately $3.9 million to help mitigate financial impact of the pandemic. Of this total, 50%, or $1.95 million will be used to directly assist eligible students experiencing financial hardships caused by the pandemic.  The remaining funds are designated to the University to offset additional expenses created by the pandemic.

To be eligible for the federal relief dollars, a student needs to have been in attendance on March 13, 2020 and be currently enrolled in a degree or diploma program during this coronavirus period, with a FAFSA on file and be eligible to receive Title IV federal financial aid. In addition, students must meet all guidelines as determined by the US Department of Education. A list of these eligibility requirements is listed below.

There are approximately 1,765 students eligible to receive $1,000 Emergency Grants from UNOH through the CARES Act program.

How to apply for an emergency grant

  • Simply fill out the application for the grant found on the MyUNOH Portal.
  • UNOH Financial Aid officers will review each application to determine eligibility.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. For those eligible, the $1,000 Emergency Grant will be posted to the student’s account and the check or direct deposit processed within 14 business days of receipt of the application. Final due date for applications is Monday, June 22, 2020.

In order to receive the Emergency Grant funds in a timely manner, the University encourages students to sign up for direct deposit. Step-by-step instructions to setup direct deposits are available on the MyUNOH portal.

Eligibility requirements

Emergency Grants will be awarded in accordance with federal, state, and institutional rules and regulations. The U.S. Department of Education requirements are listed below.

Eligible Students must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen.
  • Be currently enrolled in a traditionally delivered degree or diploma program on March 13, 2020, the date of President Trump’s National Emergency declaration due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • Have a FAFSA on file in Financial Aid office.
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans, or not be in default on Title IV loans.
  • Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges.
  • Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits.
  • Have repaid Title IV loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently.
  • Have Selective Service registration verified.
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.

For more information about the Emergency Grants contact CARESGrant@unoh.edu.

Disbursement Status

As of May 26, 2020, 1,119 students have received emergency funding through the CARES Grant program. The total amount awarded as of this date is $1,119,000.

These numbers will be updated every 30 days with current disbursement amounts from the University of Northwestern Ohio to students who applied for, and are eligible to receive, Emergency Grants in accordance with standards set by the U.S. Department of Education.