COVID-19 Financial Aid FAQ

  • Will my Emerald Scholarship be cancelled?

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    We understand that students may be concerned that changes in the delivery of instruction and housing status due to COVID-19 may impact their ability to meet the GPA requirement for Emerald scholarship renewal.  All Emerald scholarships will be automatically renewed for the 2020-2021 aid year as long as students meet other scholarship conditions such as remaining semesters of eligibility, enrollment requirements, and Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

  • What if I am unable to meet the renewal conditions of my scholarship for 2020-2021?

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    We understand that students may be concerned that changes in the delivery of instruction and housing status due to COVID-19 may impact their ability to meet the GPA requirements for EMU scholarship renewal.  For this reason, all scholarships listed below will be automatically renewed for the 2020-2021 aid year as long as students meet other scholarship conditions such as remaining semesters of eligibility, enrollment requirements, and Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

    • Presidential Scholarship
    • Regents Scholarship
    • Recognition of Excellence Scholarship
    • Education First Opportunity Scholarship EFOS - must maintain Pell eligibility
    • Emerald Scholarship
    • National Scholars Program Scholarship
  • Are my federal Direct Loans accruing interest during COVID-19?

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    In response to the COVID-19 national emergency, President Trump announced that zero interest would accrue on student loans held by federal government agencies for at least 60 days beginning on March 13, 2020.

    The CARES Act extended the interest reprieve and implemented an automatic forbearance until September 30, 2020, for any borrower with a student loan held by the Department. The Department published frequently asked questions (FAQs) with responses for borrowers on its studentaid.gov website.

  • Are my Private loans impacted by COVID-19?

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    We have heard from many of the private lenders regarding assistance and repayment relief to student loan borrowers who are in repayment, or who have payments required while enrolled (not deferred). The list below is not all-inclusive; if you don’t see your lender below, reach out to their customer service hotline directly to find out what options are available. When calling:

    Speak clearly, answer their identifying questions (name, SSN, DOB, etc.), and write down the name of the person you speak with. Be courteous, they are answering many calls right now.
    Let them know how your finances have been impacted (loss of a job in the household, for example), and ask what options they have available to assist you. Write down the options or the directions you are given. Many are going to direct you to their websites for step-by-step instructions.
    Please do not demand an answer immediately. The person you are talking to may not have all the answers right now, but can gather useful questions from you.

     Covid-19-Related Lender Assistance

  • EMU CARES Grant Information

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    Enroll for Summer with 3 credit hours and receive a $500 University grant. Enroll with 6 credit hours and receive a $1,000 University grant. The grant is available to EMU students who take courses in which an online fee is charged — this includes the majority of summer courses. Students who receive full-tuition scholarships for their summer classes and international students may not be eligible for the EMU CARES grants. Students enrolled in fully online programs are not eligible for the CARES Grant. Students must be admitted to the University to receive funding.
  • Where can I find summer work study positions?

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    There are student employment positions available for summer. Students who have been awarded federal work study may still work remotely. We understand that these are unprecedented times. With the health and safety of our students as our top priority, EMU continues to determine ways to provide employment opportunities for the summer semester. Many of the available positions for summer involve working remotely which will allow students to earn work-study dollars while practicing social distancing guidelines.

    Students may view and apply for available positions through the University’s normal process in Handshake which is available on UACDC’s website.  

    As a reminder, federal work-study is employment. Earnings are received in the form of a paycheck and not directly applied to your student account. Earnings will be paid bi-weekly per the University’s payroll calendar.

    Federal Work Study awards will be cancelled for students who do not have earnings posted by May 30, 2020.

    Please contact federal_work_study@emich.edu with any questions.

Please visit EMU's Frequently Asked Questions Related to COVID-19 for more university-wide updates and information.

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