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June 5, 2020

I know COVID-19 has presented many challenges for students on their paths to academic and career success. I am happy to share that starting today, UCF will take the next step in providing financial relief to eligible students who completed the application for the CARES Act.

UCF received more than $25 million in federal funding to distribute directly to students impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 in areas such as housing, food, course materials, technology, healthcare and child care.

When possible, UCF worked to provide funding in the amount each applicant requested up to the maximum award available. Individual review of each application has been a time-consuming process, but we believe this is the best way to be equitable with the disbursement of these funds.

UCF will be awarding $16.7 million to the more than 18,500 students who met eligibility criteria and completed an application that stated their need for support.

These students will receive a message to their Knights email account confirming that they will be awarded funds and sharing details about how to view their award in myUCF.

Students who applied but will not receive CARES Act emergency aid due to a variety of reasons — such as not being eligible, withdrawing from spring classes, failing to list expenses, or other factors — also will receive an email that provides more information about why they did not receive aid and the other support options available to them.

More information about our process and answers to questions you may have are available in this listing of FAQs.

Later this month, UCF will reopen the CARES Act application period for a second round of funding for students who missed the first application window and for students did not receive the maximum award and would like to request support for additional expenses.

More information about how to apply for round two of CARES Act funding will be available in the weeks ahead.

These updates will continue to be shared with you via your Knights email and on the university’s coronavirus website.

We also continue to share resources to help support the record number of students who are enrolled in classes this summer on the UCF Keep Learning website.

As we continue to plan for a return to campus in the fall, you have my encouragement and support this summer for successful studies and healthy well-being during this period of continued remote instruction.

Charge On!

Maribeth Ehasz, Ph.D.
Vice President, Student Development and Enrollment Services