Nicholls State University


CARES Act – Emergency Grants for Students

These funds are only for students who experienced disruptions while enrolled during the spring 2020 semester and are seeking reimbursement of expenses. New purchases do not qualify. 

One part of the CARES Act provides emergency financial aid grants to students to cover expenses reasonably linked to significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.

Eligible students who have met the qualifications will receive $400. In addition, eligible students living on-campus will receive an additional $450. If you qualify under the CARES Act, no application is necessary, and these funds will be posted to your financial aid awards in Banner.

The qualifications to be eligible include that a student must:

  • Be a citizen or eligible noncitizen (international and undocumented students do not qualify)
  • Have earned a high school diploma, GED, or approved homeschool (dual enrollment students do not qualify)
  • Not be enrolled exclusively in an online program (Nicholls Online students do not qualify)
  • Be currently enrolled in a degree program
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress
  • Not be in default or overpayment status on federal aid
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale
  • Have a valid FAFSA by May 15 and resolved any outstanding requirements related to your identity, educational purpose, selective service registration, birth certificate or social security card if applicable

A small portion of the CARES Act funds has been reserved for extraordinary circumstances via application and will be on a case-by-case basis only until allocated funds are exhausted. If you feel that you have qualified expenses, please review the information below. 

Nicholls State University – CARES Act – Student Assistance Update 9/30/2020

Nicholls State University has awarded funding to 4,293 students using CARES Act funds as of September 30, 2020.  These awards were made in accordance with the stated procedures outlined previously by Nicholls State University in its plan to award student assistance. 

As of September 30, 2020, the University has awarded a total of $2,221,087.00 to students.  The original award to the University under the CARES Act was $2,528,760.00.  The remaining balance of $307,673.00 will be granted to students as students self-identify and present qualified needs to the University that can be covered by the CARES Act.