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April 28, 2020

Dear students,

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted all our lives, and created serious financial challenges for many families. I am writing to you today with details about emergency assistance available through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as well as information on the other ways the University is supporting students with institutional and donor funds.  

The University of Dayton received $5.2 million from the U.S. Department of Education and will award at least $2.6 million of those funds as direct emergency assistance to students. Eligible undergraduate and graduate students can apply for CARES grant assistance to cover expenses incurred due to the disruption of campus operations from COVID-19. Expense categories include food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare. Students must meet Title IV (federal student aid) eligibility requirements to receive CARES funding. More information on eligibility for a CARES Emergency Assistance Grant is available on the FAQs webpage.

Additionally, the University has received gifts from generous donors to the Student Crisis Fund, which also will be used to address current students’ needs. For example, although international and undocumented students are ineligible (based on federal guidance) for CARES funding, those who have experienced disruptions related to COVID-19 will be considered for assistance through institutional funds such as the Student Crisis Fund.

Students can apply for emergency assistance from either of these funds using a single application. The application for emergency assistance can be completed online. Applications will be reviewed within 14 business days and notification will be sent to students’ UD email address regarding the outcome of the request. Institutional funds and the CARES Emergency Assistance Grants will be available until they are exhausted. While we will do our best to meet the needs of all of our students, the funds are limited and it may not be possible for the University to meet the full need in all cases.

Additional FAQs on emergency assistance funding are available online. Questions not answered on that webpage can be emailed to

We continue to pray for your health and safety, and wish you well as we head into finals week.

Catherine W. Mix
Assistant Vice President & 
Director, Financial Aid