Students at the University of Michigan Flint will be among those benefiting from the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, which means eligible students will receive a $500 grant, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a letter sent to U of M Flint students, the funds received from the emergency grant are to offset costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, such as food, internet, software, supplies, and other education expenses. The University of Michigan announced on March 11th that classes would convert to an online platform on March 16th, 2020, in order to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and to conform to Michigan's Stay-Home Executive Order.

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According to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund's website, students must meet certain eligibility requirements in order to receive the grant.

Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. If a student has filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 the HEA. Students who have not filed a FAFSA but who are eligible to file a FAFSA also may receive emergency financial aid grants. The criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include but are not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.

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