The CARES Act - According to the U.S. Department of Education, the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provides approximately $14 billion of emergency aid to institutions of higher education in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In a letter released by the Secretary of Education, federal guidelines stipulate that at least half of the funds received by each institution must “be reserved to provide students with emergency financial aid grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.” Hampton has received $4.2 million from the CARES Act and stated in a public release that “half of these funds are to support students and the funds will be allocated according to federal guidelines.”
The Hampton Cares Student Emergency Fund- As part of the Hampton Cares initiative, this University-developed emergency fund is supported by donations from alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University, as well as from the general public. Gifts made to the Student Emergency Fund will directly support students who may be facing a financial barrier to continuing an education at Hampton as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds will be given on an ‘as needed’ basis, with a maximum award of $3,000 per student. Specific eligibility requirements can be found by clicking here. Currently, the University has set a goal of raising $75,000 from alumni to provide direct support to the fund.