CEI CARES Act Implementation, FAQ and Reporting

The COVID-19 impact has been felt everywhere, to help mitigate the effect on your academic experience, the Department of Education has allocated funding to directly support you, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This funding has been distributed directly to institutions to support students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

College of Eastern Idaho is grateful to have the opportunity to deliver extra financial support to qualifying students during this difficult pandemic. Your health, safety, and success remain the focus at CEI. While we are anxious to return to normalcy, we will do so following guidance and recommendations from our public health officials and our state leaders.

Making sure our students with the greatest need receive assistance is a priority for CEI. Our goal is to provide access to funds that are intended to help you with expenses, including course materials, distance-based technology, food, housing, healthcare, and childcare.

How does the CARES Act affect me as a student?

Why did I get the CARES Act Grant Money?

I have additional emergency financial need, can I apply for additional funding?

I received the CARES Act Grant money as a refund. Does this mean my CEI account balance has been paid off?

What are the eligibility requirements to receive CARES Act funding?

Students must meet all of the following requirements in order to receive any CARES Act or Emergency or Relief funding:

You are not eligible to receive funds if you are one of the following:

Am I eligible to receive CARES Act funding if my Satisfactory Academic Progress is in an Unsatisfactory status?

Are Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students eligible for CARES Act funds?

I did not fill out a FAFSA, am I eligible for CARES Act funding?

How do I demonstrate Title IV eligibility?

For more information on what you will need to fill out the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 FAFSA, go to our CEI FAFSA information page.

***You are not required to use FAFSA funding (Student Loan, Pell Grant or Work-Study) in order to be CARES Grant eligible.

I did not fill out a FAFSA, is there an alternative method to determine Title IV eligibility for CARES Act or Emergency funding?

Students may provide the following documentation for evaluation of their Title IV eligibility:

How will I receive CARES Act funding?

CARES Act funds will be distributed to students through the mail for the safety of our students and staff. To ensure timely receipt of these funds, students should ensure their addresses are up to date.

To update your mailing address:

What can I use CARES Act funding for?

Do I have to pay this money back?

Does this money count against my financial aid package?

Learn how CEI has implemented the distribution of CARES Act Funds for students in need. College of Eastern Idaho published CARES ACT Report detailing where CARES ACT funds are distributed.