April 21, 2020 – Message to students about CARES Act
Greetings from Abilene,
I realize this has been a financially challenging time for many of you and your families. We recognize your financial situation may have changed, and we want to do everything we can to help you. ACU has a number of services available to you immediately.
- ACU is not charging late fees at this time and payment plans can be extended. Please contact your financial aid counselor for more information.
- The CARES Act was recently passed by the U.S. Congress and includes Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF). ACU has been approved to receive a limited amount of funding for distribution to students with needs related to COVID-19. If you have lost a job, experienced a death in your family, are unable to pay rent and utilities on an unoccupied residence, or need emergency relief for items such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care or childcare expenses, you may be eligible for these funds.
- To request funds, please complete this form. ACU has created an initial priority deadline of May 15. While we will continue to review requests after May 15, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. We will begin disbursing funds as early as May 22. We are grateful for the opportunity to assist you with funds through the CARES Act.
- Please remember funds may also be available from ACU through Student Opportunities, Advocacy and Resources (SOAR). This program, which connects students to resources in the Katie Kirby Student Success Fund, can also provide assistance to students with immediate living needs.
If you have questions about any of these programs or need financial counseling, please reach out to your financial aid counselor or contact us through Wildcat Central at 325-674-2300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our team at ACU is grateful we can partner with you through these challenging times as we prepare to welcome our students back this fall. I continue to pray for each of you, and our ACU community, as we finish this semester virtually.
Phil Schubert, Ed.D.