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Federal CARES Act at VMI

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is federal legislation that provides support to individuals and organizations facing unexpected expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) is included in this act, with more than $14 billion in emergency funding going to colleges and universities. A portion of this funding must go directly to students to provide reimbursement related to campus closures and distance learning.

Funds allocated to each school were based on student body size and the number of Pell Grant recipients. VMI will receive $1,132,691. Of this total, legislation determines that $566,346 will be distributed to cadets to assist in this time of extreme circumstances. The remainder of the funding will be used by VMI to cover the increased costs associated with COVID-19 impacts to post and processes in accordance with federal stipulations. 

VMI will distribute cadet reimbursements through an online application process in accordance with federal guidelines. Cadets must meet and attest to the eligibility requirements listed at the top of the application, in addition to confirmation of additional expenses incurred during COVID-19 interruption. The actual amount each cadet may receive will be based on the total eligible applications submitted. Completion of the application does not guarantee funding, and applications submitted after the deadline will not be able to be considered.

All cadets are asked to complete the brief application at CARES Act Student Relief Funds Application no later than May 29, 2020. Questions regarding the application process should be sent to the Financial Aid Office, financialaid@vmi.edu.


Note: While the Office of Financial Aid is providing information regarding the federal CARES Act, these funds are considered disaster relief funds, and are separate from other financial aid funds noted on our site.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Per the legislation, HEERF funds are to assist with expenses incurred by a student due to the disruption of on-Post instruction caused by COVID19.  Expenses may include: food, course materials, housing, health care, technology, and child care.

VMI will review the applications following the deadline, and funds will be distributed in June.

Funds will be mailed to a cadet’s address of record.

These funds are not a loan, so do not need to be paid back. The funds are considered disaster relief funds by the IRS, so they are not taxable.