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ABAC Emergency Financial Aid Grants

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College has been awarded an additional $5.6M to be awarded to directly support ABAC students for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.

ABAC CARES III - HEERF III Program

About the Grant

In April 2020, ABAC received $1.7 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief ad Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to provide ABAC CARES grants to eligible students currently enrolled who experienced educational disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the spring of 2021, ABAC was awarded an additional $1.7 million from the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to continue to support students who had an exceptional need due to COVID-19.

Starting in Fall semester 2021, ABAC will award an additional $5.6 million through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to help students with their cost of attendance needs.  No additional action is needed by the students who qualify for this distribution.  The HEERF III funds are open to all enrolled ABAC students including undergraduates, dual enrollment, non-degree, transient, international, DACA, and undocumented.

Grant Disbursement and Eligibility

How Do Students Get Their Disbursement?

Students must be enrolled for spring semester as of March 2, 2022 to receive HEERF III funds this spring.  No additional action is needed by the students who qualify for this distribution.  Students may use the HEERF III funds for any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care, (including mental health care) and childcare both for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.

Eligibility status for ABAC students is outlined below:

  Pell Eligibility Full-Time Part-Time
  Pell Eligible   $ 720    $ 600  
  Non-Pell Eligible   $ 620    $500 

Full-time is defined as 12 hours or greater and to be considered pell-eligible, students must display exceptional financial need once the 21-22 FAFSA has been completed.  Students will receive an email in early March that will notify them of the amount and that the funds will be in their eStallion accounts by Wednesday, March 9, 2022.

HEERF III

When Do Students Get Their Disbursement?

The timing of your refund will be determined by whether your direct deposit is setup within eStallion. Funds for Spring 2022 will be available in the students eStallion direct deposit account on March 9, 2022.

For example, a full time (12 credit hours or more) student that is enrolled on March 2, 2022 and is Pell eligible based on their completed FASFA will receive $620 on March 9,2022 if their eStallion direct deposit has been setup.

Failure to set-up a direct deposit account in eStallion prior to March 9, 2022, may cause a minimum 14-day delay in receiving these funds.

The student disbursements for Spring 2022 will be announced in February of 2022.

Check Your eStallion Account

HEERF III

Want to apply these funds to your student account?

Students may use received funds to help satisfy any tuition, fees and room and board costs.  To apply these funds to your student account balance, simply choose the “Opt-In” option on the Student Account Approval Form by March 2nd.

Complete the Student Account Approval Form

Thunder CARES

About the Grant

Beginning in Fall 2021, ABAC will be providing limited funding to assist students who have experienced financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic through the Thunder CARES grant.  This funding is made available by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to help students with their cost of attendance needs.  The Thunder CARES grant will be awarded based on circumstance, demonstrated need and fund availability.  As Thunder CARES funding remains available, the grant will be available for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.

Grant Disbursement and Eligibility

Due to limited funding for the Thunder CARES grant, awards will be made in the order of the date of the application.

Eligibility - to be eligible, students must:

  • Fully complete the Thunder CARES application
  • Be enrolled in Spring 2022 at the time of the completion of the Thunder CARES application

Thunder CARES

How Do Students Get Their Disbursement?

Students may be awarded up to $900 in additional financial assistance through the Thunder CARES grant.  This grant is separate from the ABAC Cares III funding and does not limit a student’s eligibility to apply for the Thunder CARES grant.

Students selected to receive Thunder CARES will be allocated as follows:

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Student Status Maximum Allocation Eligible
All Residential Students $900