Rhodes received approximately $603,000 as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to directly support students who have demonstrated need and are facing significant financial challenges because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Rhodes has designed this disbursement, from the U.S. Department of Education as part of the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, to prioritize students with the greatest demonstrated need and ensure that funds are distributed as widely as possible. Each recipient must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the Financial Aid Office and must have received financial aid for the spring 2020 semester.
Rhodes will disperse funds to each eligible student automatically with no application required. In total, 586 students will receive automatic distributions.
The remaining CARES funds are available for students who have had additional unexpected expenses or incurred hardship because of COVID-19. Students may submit a request for these emergency financial aid funds by completing the form located here. Please note that students who receive the automatic distributions are eligible to apply for additional emergency financial aid funds.
In addition to the CARES Act funding, Rhodes has also established an Emergency Assistance Fund to assist those who have experienced a change in financial circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students may apply for these funds using the link in the preceding paragraph.
Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for further information.