The federal government, through the CARES Act, made funding available for eligible students to assist with emergency expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 response and its disruption of their college education. UMA will be distributing these funds as outlined by the federal act and the University of Maine System’s implementation guidelines.
For eligible students who have filed and successfully completed a FAFSA, you will find additional information through your MaineStreet Message Center that is specific to your situation, including the amount of funds you will receive.
For eligible students who have not successfully completed a FAFSA, or did not file a FAFSA, you may still be eligible for funds by self-certifying that you are Title IV (federal student aid) eligible. You will be notified by email to check the To Do List on your MaineStreet Student Center to complete the CARES Act Self-Certification. Please complete as soon as possible but no later than August 4, 2020 to verify your eligibility.
UMA reserved a portion of the CARES Act funding to support emergency grants for eligible students with additional critical financial needs. The University also had limited UMA Emergency Relief Funds available through the generosity of alumni and community partners. These funds have been distributed and the application period is therefore closed.
Payments will be made through direct deposit, if you have set up your banking information in your MaineStreet Student Center. If not, you will be mailed a check. Distributed CARES Act funds are not taxable income. UMA Emergency Relief Funds may be taxable, depending on a student’s situation.
CARES Act Reports
CARES Act Funding Sections 18004(a)(1), 18004(a)(2) & 18004(a)(3) Quarterly Report September 30, 2020 »
CARES Act Funding Sections 18004(a)(1), 18004(a)(2) & 18004(a)(3)Quarterly Report December 31, 2020 »
CARES Act Funding Sections 18004(a)(1) & 18004(a)(2) & 18004 (a)(3) Quarter 2 Report REVISED 10/04/2021 »
Communications to Students
All communications from the University of Maine System or UMA to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants provided through the CARES Act.