CARES Act FAQs

Galen recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused financial hardship to many in our community. Please know that the college is committed to supporting you during these extraordinary times.

To that end, Galen is expediting the distribution of the Higher Education Emergency Relief funding it received through the federal CARES Act. This money is expressly intended to help students who are experiencing a variety of financial hardships related to the pandemic. To be eligible for assistance, you must be enrolled in one of our Prelicensure Nursing programs. The application for this grant is now available at https://stutools.galencollege.edu. You will need your Galen student email login and password to access.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) is available below.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

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.

Funds made available to students for emergency relief are not required to be repaid.

Please fill out an application to begin the review process. 

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Students currently enrolled in any of our Prelicensure Nursing programs that are eligible to receive federal aid may apply. We encourage students to apply who have incurred additional, unforeseen expenses due to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus.

Unfortunately, no. Once an application is submitted it becomes final and will be processed accordingly.

Students will need their Galen student email login and password to access the application.

Please visit: studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/falsa if you wish to apply. Please note that it may take up to one week for Galen to receive your completed FAFSA results.

Eligible students may apply online beginning May 7, 2020 and the application will remain open until all funds are exhausted.

Eligible expenses for CARES Act funding include, but are not limited to, medical, food, utilities, technology expenses, unexpected childcare, course materials, and other unanticipated expenses included in the student’s cost of attendance.

Award amounts vary by student and are unique to each student’s circumstances. The College is committed to distributing the CARES Act funds it has received to as many eligible students in need as quickly as possible until those funds are exhausted.

We anticipate a large volume of applications and will work to process submissions as quickly as possible. Our goal is to provide funding decisions as soon as possible, but no later than 5-7 business days from the time of application.

Only the completed application is required. The college reserves the right to request supporting documentation to determine eligibility for any student who has not completed a FAFSA at the time of application.

If you are awarded funds, it will take approximately 5-7 business days to process your check.  Your check will be sent to the mailing address currently on file with Galen and verified by you on the application. 

No grant funds will be disbursed through ACH/Direct Deposit.

Status updates are available at https://stutools.galencollege.edu. You will need your Galen student email log in and password to access.

Galen College of Nursing signed and submitted the required Certification Agreement to the Department of Education to participate in the student portion of the CARES grant funding. On April 22nd, Galen received the $4.5 million allocation from the Department of Education to provide emergency relief funds to students. Based on guidance from the Department of Education, these funds must go directly to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to the spread of the Coronavirus. Eligible crisis-related expenses may include, but are not limited to, expenses for food, course materials, technology needs, health care, and dependent childcare. Students enrolled in exclusively online programs are ineligible to receive these funds according to the Department of Education.

Based on current enrollment in Galen’s ground based programs, the College estimates that approximately 6,500 students are Title IV eligible or may be Title IV eligible in order to apply for emergency relief funding under the CARES Act. All ground based students were notified by email of application availability and the process to apply on May 6th. As of May 21st, 4,251 students have been awarded $3,325,100. This information will be updated on the website every 45 days from this initial posting.

The amount of the awards ranges from $250 to $1000 per student. The award amounts were determined utilizing multiple factors including Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from 19/20 or 20/21 FAFSA, current enrollment status, dependency and housing status. Eligible students may receive only one award during this initial round of funds disbursement. The application process will remain open until such time as all remaining funds are exhausted.