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Dear Students,

On December 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act was signed into law. This new legislation is a welcome extension of last March’s bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Under this new legislation, Adelphi University has been awarded $2,623,483 for emergency financial assistance for high-need students. These funds may be applied toward:

  • Your cost of attendance, including tuition and fee charges
  • Emergency costs related to COVID-19 such as food, housing, healthcare (including mental healthcare) or childcare

According to this legislation, funds must be awarded to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional need and who are eligible to receive federal funds. Undocumented, DACA and international students are not deemed eligible by current federal guidance. For these reasons, we will utilize the following awarding process, which prioritizes students with the highest demonstrated need within our community.

  1. A one-time $1,000 grant will be issued to undergraduate students who are Pell-eligible as determined by the most recent FAFSA submission.
  2. A one-time $1,000 grant will be issued to graduate students who have a $0 Expected Family Contribution as determined by the most recent FAFSA submission and who are registered for six or more credits.
  3. Following the awarding of the above grants, an application process will be made available for other members of our community, on a first come, first served basis, to apply for grants to cover any component of the cost of attendance or for emergency costs as previously described. Students may receive one-time grants up to a maximum value of $1,000.

Through this process, we hope to assist more than 3,500 members of our student body.

Currently, we and other institutions of higher education are awaiting final federal guidance regarding student eligibility and timing of eligible expenses to aid in the distribution of these funds. We anticipate that guidance will be available in the coming weeks.

The University’s application will be made available by early March and we will share a follow-up email with our community at that time.

Should you have any questions about the process for distributing these funds, please do not hesitate to email


Kristen Capezza, MBA ’12
Vice President
Enrollment Management and University Communications

James Perrino
Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration

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