New CARES Act funding available to students

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Dear Undergraduate and Graduate Students,

As you may know, the federal government is working with universities to distribute Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Brandeis has applied for such funding and will be distributing these funds to students who have been affected by COVID-19. Here’s what you need to know about how to qualify for this new federal source of funding:

A regrettable aspect of this program is that the federal government has excluded students that are at Brandeis and at universities around the country as not eligible, including international students, DACA recipients, undocumented students and students in exclusively online programs. Because these are federal funds, Brandeis must follow the federal rules in disbursing them. While Brandeis objects to the exclusions, we felt it was important to enable as many students as possible to access funding they may need at this difficult time. Brandeis will continue to support students who are not eligible for the CARES Act funding through the Student Emergency Fund (  

Questions regarding HEERF grants may be directed to: 781-736-3700 or, and more information is available on the COVID-19 website.


Stew Uretsky
Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration