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All available CARES funding has now been distributed to students

New Jersey City University signed the Funding Certification and Agreement Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act on April 13, 2020. 

Beginning on May 4, 2020, the University began notifying eligible students about the application process through NJCU email, with an individualized link to the application.  All requests for assistance are being processed on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are disbursed.

Emergency Financial Aid Grants Awarded

Currently 4,950 NJCU students are eligible. NJCU received $4,168,535 to be distributed to students. 

As of July 2, NJCU has awarded 2,237 students a total of $4,182,750 more than the required amount.

Students May Apply For Federal Relief Funds Starting May 4

New Jersey City University is committed to providing financial aid to students in need, and all the more during the crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The most immediate source of aid is Federal funding, which begins with the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Starting May 4, 2020, eligible students will be able to apply for assistance by completing an individualized application that was sent to their NJCU email account.  All requests for assistance will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis until all the funds are disbursed.

Distribution of Grants

The maximum emergency assistance grant will be $3,250 per student. A team of professionals from student service offices will review requests.  Funds will be disbursed to students through direct deposit to personal accounts on record or through a check mailed to the address on record. It can take up to three weeks from the date of each student’s submission to receive payment.

Process and Evaluation

In alignment with Federal recommendations, NJCU has developed a point system to help evaluate who is in most need and help determine how to distribute the funds based on a rubric that measures several components of need. Students will self-disclose their “need” by answering a series of questions related to:

  • Food Insecurity
  • Housing Security
  • Registration Status
  • Health Care
  • Course Material/Technology
  • Employment Status


As per the federal requirements, all currently enrolled students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizen with a valid social security number are eligible for the Higher Education Emergency Relief funding under the CARES Act. Students enrolled exclusively in an online program on or before March 13, 2020, are not eligible for this funding. International, undocumented, and DACA students are ineligible; as well as, students who are in a SAP (satisfactory academic progress) denied status, students who have not registered for Selective Service (male only), and/or students who have defaulted on federal student loans.  At this point in time, funding from the CARES Act will be limited to those students who were registered for Spring 2020.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the VP of Student Affairs/Enrollment Management by emailing them at