CARES Act Funding for Students

Unfortunately, the CARES application is closed at this time. 

Tiffin University is organizing emergency financial assistance programs for current students experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic through an application process. A student only needs to fill out the application and the Tiffin University team will work with each student to identify all options available to assist them.

CARES Act Funding

Tiffin University has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and received $988,605 from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to be used to immediately assist current students experiencing financial hardships caused by the disruption of education due to COVID-19. The funding can be used for immediate needs, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare.

To be eligible for the federal relief dollars, a student needs to be a current undergraduate or graduate student who is eligible to receive federal financial aid (FAFSA) and who were taking seated classes at the start of the spring 2020 semester.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Education does not allow these funds to be used for international students, undocumented students, non-matriculated students or students enrolled in distance-only degree programs.

Emergency relief funding will be awarded in the form of a grant which does not need to be repaid.

As of August 20, 2020 Tiffin University has distributed $786,572 of the CARES Act Funds to 563 students.

Eligible students to participate: 1200.

Award amounts range from $250 - $5000. 

If you are approved for emergency relief funding, you are highly encouraged to sign up for direct deposit through the University's eRefund program to quickly receive your emergency relief funds. For information on how to sign up for direct deposit using eRefund, please go to Direct Deposit- eRefund Instructions

HOW TO APPLY – the application is closed at this time.

Simply complete the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Application to be considered for this grant. 

A team of student support leaders who will evaluate each application. Applicants will receive confirmation when the application has been received. Follow up to request additional information or to share details on resources available will be communicated via email to the student as soon as possible.


Contact Financial Aid at or 419.448.3279.