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July 23, 2020

We are happy to share that UCF is taking the next step in providing financial relief to eligible students who completed the second 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.

Since last week, UCF has been awarding more than $3.5 million to the more than 3,800 students who met eligibility criteria and completed the second application launched in June and stated their need for support. This brings UCF’s total of CARES Act awards to more than $20.3 million to 23,328 eligible students, with additional disbursements of awards expected to go to eligible students in the coming weeks, exhausting the federal aid.

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.

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.

Some applications are still under review, and these students also will receive an email to their Knights email account confirming that their application is pending.

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 and/or summer classes, failing to list expenses, not completing a 2019-20 or 2020-21 FAFSA, 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.

UCF recognizes that the disbursement of these funds is an important step in helping eligible students overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic and continue on their paths to academic and career success. 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.

Future updates will continue to be shared via your Knights email and on the university’s coronavirus website, which includes more details about UCF’s plan for a return to campus in the fall.

Armor Up, Knights, and Charge On!