Acknowledgment of Funding and Certification

Pacific Lutheran University acknowledges that the institution’s authorized representative signed and returned to the Department of Education the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement to Students under the CARES Act. PLU gives its assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Aggregate Award Amount

PLU received $1,465,629 from the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants directly to students impacted by campus disruptions due to coronavirus.

Funds Distributed and Awards Made

As of May 20, 2020, 302 students received a total of $215,000.

As of July 3, 2020, 304 students received a total of $216,000.

As of August 17, 2020, 312 students have received a total of $222,250.

Student Eligibility

Upon receipt of the CARES Act funding, PLU identified 2,455 of its students as potentially eligible for an Emergency Financial Aid Grant based on the number of domestic students enrolled in Spring semester.  Students with a 0 EFC are eligible to receive $1,000 while other Pell-eligible students can receive $750.  Applicants who are not Pell eligible but otherwise qualify for CARES Act funding receive $500.

Application Process

Students can apply for CARES Act funding via a Google Form, which can be found here.  (For students reading this page, please note that, when applying, you must access this application via a Google browser and close all Google accounts – including gmails – except your @plu.edu email account).

All potentially eligible students were notified about the CARES Act funding application via email on April 24th.  As students applied, they were notified via email about whether or not they were eligible and how the funding would be issued to them (paper check or direct deposit).

PLU will update the “Funds Distributed and Awards Made” section of this page every 45 days from May 20, 2020 until funds are spent or the institution receives further guidance from the Department of Education.