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The federal government has approved new emergency funding amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible, degree-seeking students at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) can receive emergency grants through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II, part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). NKU will continue distributing its new allotted $3,999,482 in emergency grants to students who qualify.
NKU was able to serve 3,539 students with the first CARES student emergency grant, totaling $3,999,482. With the new funding just released, NKU received approximately $8M to relieve eligible students' financial hardship due to COVID-19.

Eligible, degree-seeking NKU students who are attending at least half-time and have a 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with NKU will be automatically considered for a Spring 2021 CRRSAA Emergency Grant. For full eligibility requirements, please see our FAQ.

In an effort to continue assisting students with the greatest financial need, the funds will be distributed prioritizing PELL-eligible students first, as outlined by Department of Education (DOE) guidance. We have estimated that we will be able to award more than 3,000 students with awards ranging from $100 to $1,565.

  • Eligible Pell recipients may be awarded up to $1,565
  • Eligible non-Pell recipients may be awarded up to $750 
  • Prioritization is based on guidance from the United States Department of Education (DoE) for students who demonstrate exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants.

For questions about eligibility and awarding, you can contact us via, at (859) 572-5143 or (888) 225-4499, or you can visit the NKU OneStop at AC 301.

We are here to assist you!

Leah Stewart
AVP Enrollment and Financial Assistance