Earlier this year the Federal government adopted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and
Economic Security (CARES) Act. Both current students and recent graduates are eligible
for CARES awards. You are receiving this letter as a Farmingdale State College student
who is eligible for direct assistance through CARES. This letter outlines the conditions
and criteria used in determining your award.
FSC expects to receive approximately $6.1 million in CARES funding. Fifty percent
of that funding (just over $3 million) must be used for the sole and exclusive purpose
of providing emergency financial aid grants directly to students. A broad-based campus
committee was established to develop a framework to allocate these funds to eligible
The CARES Act authorizes colleges to award grants to students for allowable expenses
related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Allowable
expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, dependent
care, transportation, and other expenses included in the cost of attendance.
Farmingdale State College will award CARES Base Grants to all eligible students. Seventy-five
percent (75%) of the funds will be distributed on a tiered basis to those Pell eligible
students with the highest need based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Full-time
students with an EFC of zero will receive the largest award of $1,000. The remaining
25% of the funds will also be distributed on a tiered basis to non-Pell eligible students
who are Title IV eligible. Funds for each tier will be awarded based on EFC and will
range from $150 to $1,000.
Please be advised that Student Accounts will communicate with eligible students via email by June 19. To receive a Base Grant,
you must complete a CARES ACT BASE EMERGENCY GRANT CERTIFICATION form, which requires
the student to verify that they have already spent, or will spend, the amount of the
Base Grant on allowable expenses. On this form, students also have the opportunity
to replace the original Base Grant amount with a lower amount or decline their eligibility
and the grant.
If funding remains once all Base Grant awards are processed, the College will inform
eligible students that additional funds are available and will provide instructions
on how to apply for these funds.
We very much look forward to your return to Farmingdale this fall with the hope that
CARES funding will be of assistance.