The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) which allows allocated funding to be used for emergency grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the coronavirus.

Princeton Theological Seminary has signed and returned the certification and agreement form and intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students.

Funds received from CARES Act: $71,871

Distributed funds: None as of yet

Estimated number of students eligible: 300

Number of awards to students to date: None as of yet

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Am I eligible for CARES Act funds?

Applicant must have been a currently enrolled student as of March 13, 2020. This funding is only for students experiencing temporary financial hardship resulting from disruptions from COVID-19 and resulting implications. Applicants may be asked to provide documentation based on their unique situation. Applicants must also be making satisfactory academic progress, not be in default on a federal loan, not received federal loans fraudulently in excess of annual or aggregate limits, and not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale.

What are some examples of circumstances that are considered emergencies relating to COVID-19?

  • Reduction or loss of employment of a supporting family member or yourself due to economic disruptions
  • Increased technology expenses due to change of coursework being provided online
  • Changes in housing arrangement expenses/additional rent expenses, including having to break a lease
  • Increased medical expenses of a supporting family member or yourself
  • Increases in other expenses due to the economic disruptions from COVID-19, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care

How do I apply?

Please complete an application to begin the review process. The application is only available to users with an @ptsem.edu email. Students can access the application form with their inside.ptsem.edu login and password. A committee will meet to review applications submitted by students who will then be notified when funds are awarded.

When can I apply for CARES Act funds?

Eligible students may apply online beginning April 30 through June 30, 2020, or until all funds are exhausted.

I am an international student or a DACA student, not a citizen of the United States. Am I eligible for a CARES Act grant?

Unfortunately, Congress did not make CARES Act funding available for these students. However, you may still complete the application form, and if institutional funding from Princeton Theological Seminary is available you may be able to receive assistance in that way.

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Kathleen M. O’Connor, Class of 1984

“Informal time in discussion groups with faculty and students discussing feminist theological literature altered my views, excited my spirit, and greatly influenced my teaching.”