Summer 2021 CARES Program FAQ

This document will provide updates and FAQ information regarding the Summer 2021

UH Mānoa CARES Act program.

UPDATES:

The Summer application submission deadline is July 7, 2021 at 11:59pm HST.

Direct link to the application:

http://go.hawaii.edu/mXP

FAQs:

Who is eligible to receive funding?

How much is the award? What is the maximum amount of funding that I can receive?

Is this a loan?

If I received funding in Spring/Summer/Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021, does that mean that I am eligible now and will get funded for Summer 2021?

What is covered?

Why was I not awarded?

What type of documentation do I need?

Can I edit my application/add new documentation/add FAFSA certification?

How will you award funding?

If I submit my application first, does that mean that I am guaranteed funding?

Does my amount of financial need as shown by the FAFSA matter?

Will the money pay off my current balance?

When will I receive funding?

What happens if I do not sign up for eRefund?

Will I be notified if I am awarded?

Who do I contact with other questions?

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Who is eligible to receive funding?

Basic Criteria:

How much is the award? What is the maximum amount of funding that I can receive?

Students selected will be awarded $2,000 through CARES for Summer 2021.  It is an all-or-nothing determination, pending availability of funds.

The maximum a student can receive in Summer 2021 is $2,000.  Funding awarded previously in Spring/Summer/Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 does not count towards this maximum

Funding is limited and not every applicant will be awarded.

Is this a loan?

No, these funds are meant to assist students with financial need during this pandemic.  Some funds (CARES Act) are provided by the federal government.  Please see “What is covered?” for expenses this fund is meant to assist with.

If I received funding in Spring/Summer/Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021, does that mean that I am eligible now and will get funded for Spring 2021?

While you should be eligible, having previously received funds is not a guarantee for additional monies in this Summer 2021 program.  Funding is limited, and students will be selected based upon the prioritization criteria outlined.  (See “How will you award funding?”)  Recipients of CARES in a previous semester will neither have an advantage nor disadvantage for Summer 2021 funding.

What is covered?

This grant may be used for students in need to help cover expenses for your Cost of Attendance, which include: Tuition, Room and Board, Course Materials, Health Care, and Student Fees.


Students must self-certify under penalty of perjury that they have at least $2,000 in such expenses for Summer 2021 to be eligible for this funding.  

These costs do NOT need to be listed in your balance owed to UH.  As long as you have at least $2,000 in Cost of Attendance expenses during the Summer (any combination of owed to UH and paid to someone else), AND your financial need is related to the coronavirus, you meet this eligibility requirement.

Why was I not awarded?

Potential reasons:

What type of documentation do I need?

At this time no documentation is required, however students need to self-certify their eligibility, and may be asked later to provide documentation of such eligibility.

Students will not need to break down expenses into categories.    

Can I edit my application/add new documentation/add FAFSA certification?

Unfortunately, No.  Once submitted, the application cannot be edited.

Only one application can be submitted per student.

If you need to revise, please contact us (uhmfund@hawaii.edu) and we will remove your initial application, which will allow you to submit another.  Please be aware that the new application will have a new submission date, which may impact your prioritization.


You will be emailed a copy of your answers once you submit the application.  

How will you award funding?

Applications will be accepted until July 7, 2021 at 11:59pm.  

Priorities in awarding will be given in this order:

*FAFSA submission is not required, but priority will be given to those with financial need documented, based on the FAFSA data.  The 2020-2021 FAFSA will be used for Summer.

While a FAFSA is not required, there is no guarantee that enough funding will be available to award to students without a completed FAFSA.

If I submit my application first, does that mean that I am guaranteed funding?

Date of submission is only one factor that may determine funding.  If there are equally eligible applicants based on the prioritization factors, but not enough funding for all, the date the application was submitted will then be used.

Does my amount of financial need as shown by the FAFSA matter?

In most cases it does.  The FAFSA will be used to help determine eligibility for federal student aid (and thus the CARES funding), and the FAFSA calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will determine first priority.  However, we understand that situations have changed from the point when that FAFSA data was collected, and thus as funding permits, students without FAFSA-demonstrated need may also be awarded.    

Will the money pay off my current balance?

Any monies awarded will go directly to the student as a Refund.  It is then the student’s responsibility to pay off any outstanding balances owed to the university IF the student intends to use the money to pay UH.  The money may also be used for other Cost of Attendance items not payable to UH.  

When will I receive funding?

Applicants will be notified of their status in mid/late July.  

Be aware that there is a scheduled Fall registration purge on July 15th for unpaid balances due from Summer and prior semesters.  It is the student’s responsibility to clear all obligations without relying on this money prior to July 15th to avoid their Fall registration being impacted.

If you have been awarded funding, you will be issued a Refund via the Cashier’s Office.  You are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to sign up for the eRefund process PRIOR to submitting your application.  Paper checks are only printed on the 15th and last day of each month for those who have not signed up for eRefund.  Once the refund is posted to your balance viewed through MyUH, you will have to wait for the check to be printed and mailed out.  eRefunds offer convenience and speed.

https://myuh.hawaii.edu/task/all/direct-deposit (link to MyUH)

https://www.hawaii.edu/myuhinfo/refunds/ (screen shots of the process)

eRefunds will post to your bank account 3-5 days from the auto-generated email from the Cashier’s Office informing you of the eRefund.

Please keep in mind that any checks mailed out of country can take extended periods of time to reach the recipient.  CARES funding has a limited availability before uncashed funds need to be returned, thus eRefund is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED, especially for out of country students.

What happens if I do not sign up for eRefund?

If you do not sign up for eRefund, any awarded amount is processed as a paper check (see “When will I receive funding?”).  As this CARES money needs to be returned to the federal government if it is not spent by a certain date, if the check remains uncashed by the deadline, we may have to cancel your check and award the funds to another student.  Due to the timing, you may have a very short period to cash any check received.  (Checks are mailed via USPS and are subject to the USPS processing times).  If you do not cash your check, even if it is stuck in the mail and not your fault, we may be forced to cancel your check and award it to another student.  Thus ALL students are HIGHLY encouraged to sign up for eRefund prior to February when the awards are issued.

Will I be notified if I am awarded?

Notifications will go out in mid/late July.  

 If you have signed up for eRefund, you will receive a notice from the Cashier’s Office once the award is being sent to your bank.  eRefunds usually post to your bank account 3-5 days from the date of the notice from the Cashier’s Office.

Paper checks will take longer.

Who do I contact with other questions?

uhmfund@hawaii.edu

This FAQ list is not final, and items may be updated/changed as needed.

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