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CARES Act Emergency Student Funds Application


Doane University has received funding through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. We will use the student portion of the funds to provide direct emergency aid to Doane students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. The federal government requires that the funds cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations, including expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

This application form is for students who have not already completed a FAFSA (which allows us to determine eligibility for funds) and have not already received an automatic distribution of CARES Act student funds.

If you have already received an automatic distribution of CARES ACT student funds, you do not need to complete this form.

Distribution Summary

The intent of the CARES Act, in particular, the student funds, is for institutions of higher education to distribute the funds as quickly as possible. They also encourage institutions to prioritize students most in need. To determine CARES Act funding levels, Doane used five tiers of Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Doane uses these tiers within our financial aid practices for the University. The following table includes the five EFC tiers.

Tiers Estimated Family Contribution
Tier 5 Equal to or more than $30,001
Tier 4 $15,001-$30,000
Tier 3 $5,712-$15,000
Tier 2 $1-$5711*
Tier 1 Less than $1*

Doane will distribute the available student CARES Act funds among the five tiers according to the following table. Students with the highest financial need will receive most of the funds.

Distribution Tiers ($700,000) Individual Awards per Tier based on enrollment and eligibility
Tier 5 $180
Tier 4 $300
Tiers 1, 2, and 3 $700



Students who have questions may contact the following offices or organizations.

  • Financial Aid General Questions:
  • Student Accounts and General Payment Questions:
  • Questions about filing the FAFSA:
    • Find free tools from EducationQuest here.

If you would like to set up direct deposit in order to receive your funds as quickly as possible (if you are determined to be eligible and if funds are still available), please follow the directions on this instruction page.