The Lamar Institute of Technology CARES Act Emergency Fund.The LIT CARES Emergency Fund assists students by providing emergency financial assistance to students enrolled during the Spring 2020 term who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What is the CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provided by the federal government?
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund and sent money to schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.
Who is eligible for the CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds?
Students who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid and who have the greatest financial need can be considered for these funds. The LIT Financial Aid Office will review your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data to determine your eligibility. If you are eligible to file a FAFSA but have not yet filed for 2019-20 and need assistance, please file a FAFSA at studentaid.gov.
Students enrolled exclusively in online courses prior to March 13, 2020, international students, high school dual credit students, and incarcerated students are not eligible for CARES funding.
As we attempt to measure the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on our students and institution, we need your assistance by answering a few questions. This information is being collected to identify the needs of our students and potential CARES Act & Scholarship Applicants for the Financial Aid & Development/Foundation Offices.
Please click here to complete the survey: https://lit.starfishsolutions.com/starfish-ops/dl/intake/studentIntakeFormStudentView.htmlAward amounts and disbursement of funds vary and are made on a case-by-case basis. Awards are not considered loans and do not require repayment. Funds will be issued on a first come, first serve basis. The eventual award amount is based on the number of students who apply. Completing the survey does not guarantee you will receive an award.
Types of Expenses Considered:
- Course materials
- Health care
- Childcare expenses
- Attended Spring 2020 and completed the semester
- Must have a 2019/2020 FAFSA application and be eligible for funding
- Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
- Not in default on a Direct Student loan
Additional Community Health and Safety Resources
Community Mental Health Resources https://lit.edu/information/mental-health-resources
Beaumont COVID-19 Information https://beaumonttexas.gov/covid19/
Texas Department of Health and Human Services Searchable Resource Center https://www.211texas.org/