Auburn, AL (EETV)- The U.S Department of Education has awarded the university 7.8 million dollars to address certain COVID-19 expenses for students.

Financial aid grants to approved students may be used toward emergency costs involving housing, health care, child care, food and tuition expenses. Funding also will be available to Auburn to defray other expenses associated with coronavirus, including lost revenue, technology costs associated with the transition to distance education, faculty and staff training, payroll and carrying out student support activities relating to COVID-19.

President Gouge said that it was " wonderful" that they could help students with funding from the additional Cares Act funding.

Students interested in applying for such aid must first have on file with Auburn a completed 2020-21 FAFSA record with a calculated Expected Family Contribution, or EFC.

Potential recipients must also be currently enrolled at Auburn for spring 2021 and must submit this HEERF II application. The HEERF II funding is not available for international students who are not U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens.

Auburn anticipates a large volume of applications and will work to process those received as quickly as possible. The university’s goal is to fund eligible students within seven to 10 business days after an application is submitted.

If approved, students will receive an email from Accounts Payable when their direct deposit has been processed. Students should note that a submitted application does not guarantee receipt of funds.