Cares Act Information


Creighton University has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Creighton University will be receiving $3,193,342 and $1,596,671 will be used to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Creighton University has approximately 3,600 students who are eligible to apply for this grant funding. Creighton University has awarded $1,596,671 to 621 eligible students who requested assistance from the CARES Act funds. The remainder of the funds will be used to defray a portion of the increased institutional costs related to providing a safe campus and effective learning environment for our students, faculty and staff. View the quarterly budget and expenditure report that shows the use of funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund:

According to the CARES Act requirements, students must have been enrolled in an educational program that met on campus as of March 13, 2020. Students must be currently enrolled and eligible to receive Title IV federal student financial aid. In order to confirm eligibility for Title IV federal student aid, students must have a 2019-20 FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid Office. All requests for funds will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Office to confirm student eligibility. Students enrolled exclusively online as of March 13, 2020, international and undocumented students are not eligible for HEERF awards.

Students who have experienced any of the following educational-related costs as a result of COVID-19: housing, food, course materials, technology for on-line classes, health care or childcare expenses must complete an application for funds. Applications will be available on May 15, 2020.

According to guidance from the Department of Education, the maximum award is $6,195. However, the actual award amounts will vary depending upon the number of requests for funding and a committee evaluation of financial need.

Students will need to be signed up for Direct Deposit in the NEST so that Creighton University can promptly make these grants available to the recipients. To sign up for direct deposit, please complete the following steps:

1. Login to NEST.

2. Select “Student Accounts.”

3. Select “Sign up for Direct Deposit of Refunds.”

4. Enter your bank’s routing number (this is NOT the number on a deposit ticket, you will need an actual check), your account number and designate the account type as a checking or savings.

5. Select “Submit.”

6. Read through the Direct Deposit Agreement, print a copy for your records, and select “I Agree” at the bottom of the page.

Applications must be received no later than May 26. Applications received after this date will not be considered. A review committee will review each request on an individual basis and grant award notifications will be sent on June 12.