COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance available for UToledo
The University of Toledo
is coordinating emergency financial assistance programs for
current students experiencing financial hardship as a result of
the COVID-19 pandemic through existing financial aid
“We know many of our students are struggling due to the economic
impact of COVID-19 and want to get this financial relief to them
as quickly as possible,” said Gina Roberts, assistant
vice president of enrollment management. “We’ve compiled
emergency funds available for students and have streamlined the
application process to expedite the distribution in an effort to
assist as many students as possible.”
UToledo has received $13.5 million in funds from the federal
Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to
help mitigate financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Of
this total, $6.7 million will be used to immediately assist
current students experiencing financial hardships caused by the
Students enrolled for spring 2020 who received a federal Pell
Grant will receive a one-time grant of $500, and no
application is required. About one-third of the federal relief
dollars will be used to prioritize aid to these students.
All current students need to use the existing Rocket Aid
application to request CARES funds. To be
eligible to receive CARES funding, a student needs to be
eligible to receive federal aid by having a valid Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or equivalent
documentation on file. The Office of Student Financial Aid will
determine eligibility based on guidelines from the U.S.
Department of Education.
CARES funding applications will be processed as quickly as
possible to get this emergency aid to students as soon as
possible. UToledo’s goal is to process the first awards by the
end of the week.
The new federal relief dollars available are in addition to the
more than $1 million in emergency aid that has already been
awarded to UToledo students.
Rocket to Rocket Fund and Other Emergency Aid Available
In recent weeks individuals and organizations on campus and in
the community have made generous donations to help students who
need financial assistance amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Student Emergency Support Crowdfunding Campaign surpassed
its goal two months ahead of schedule, raising more than $93,000
thanks to the generosity of more than 590 donors.
Student leaders also donated $187,000 of their unused funds that
had been planned for spring events and activities.
And Team Sports, a local sportswear company and longtime
support of Rocket athletics, has raised more than $7,000 through
the sale of face masks that feature the Toledo Rocket logo and
“Toledo Rocket Strong” T-shirts.
Those donations support the Rocket
to Rocket Fund that provides relief of up to $500
for students who need help paying for housing, utilities, car
repairs, medical bills, food and toiletries.
In addition, the Eberly Center for Women has set aside
$20,000 from its Center for Women Progress Fund to
provide grants of up to $1,000 for students, prioritizing those
who are caring for children or experiencing intimate partner
And the Office of Student Financial Aid also makes available
$1.4 million in emergency aid available for students each year
from donor supported funding accounts.
Each student who submits a Rocket Aid application will be
evaluated individually to identify funding sources available to
help them with expenses and keep focused on their studies.
“Once a student submits the Rocket Aid application, our team
will review their situation and identify the best options for
emergency aid, access to federal student or parent loans,
financial planning assistance or referrals to community
resources,” Roberts said.
The Financial Emergency Intervention Program and Rocket Aid
application process was formalized earlier this academic year to
help organize the financial assistance options available to
It is even more important now to follow this process, Roberts
said, because there are a number of financial resources
available to assist students facing financial hardships because
of the current pandemic.
“By having all of these assistance programs coordinated we can
get students aid more quickly and make our dollars stretch
farther to help more students,” Roberts said