CARES Grant

Federal Emergency Grants for Students

The federal government has provided emergency aid for college students nationwide who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. UWM has received nearly $8.5 million through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help students who are struggling with expenses such as food, housing, course materials and child care after campus operations were disrupted by the virus.

At this time, we are no longer accepting applications as all funds have been committed. If additional funds become available at a later date, the application will be re-opened.

Who Qualified?

To qualify for a CARES grant, students must:

  • Have been financially impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Eligible expenses include food, housing, course materials, laptops and other technology, health care and child care.
  • Have been enrolled in a degree or certificate program eligible for federal (Title IV) financial aid.
    • Most UWM programs are eligible.
    • Non-degree students are not eligible.
  • Have filed a 2019-20 or 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to document eligibility to participate in federal (Title IV) programs. Primary eligibility requirements include having a valid Social Security number, being a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen and, if required, being registered with the Selective Service.
  • Have been enrolled in at least one in-person or hybrid class on March 13, 2020, when President Trump issued his “Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak” proclamation.
    • Students who were enrolled exclusively in online programs on March 13, 2020, were not eligible.

Application Deadline

All applications submitted by May 12, 2020 were considered. Students who applied but did not qualify for CARES grants had two weeks to request reconsideration. Additionally, applications submitted after May 12 were considered on a rolling basis until funds were depleted. All funds have been committed.

How To Apply

At this time, we are no longer accepting applications as all funds have been committed. If additional funds become available at a later date, the application will be re-opened.

If you have questions about the CARES grant, please email cares-grant@uwm.edu.

What Other Emergency Funds Are Available?

Students may still apply for a UWM Student Emergency Grant, which is funded by private contributions and available to students who meet a broader range of criteria.