Fall 2020 Plan and Information
COVID-19 Updates and Information

Emergency Aid Resources for Students

The changes to our educational and living situations for Fall 2020 have created hardships for many of our students. Here are some resources to help alleviate these situations:

CARES Act Assistance

U.S. Department of Education has issued federal funds to be distributed to students to help cover financial hardship.

Current CARES Act Information

  1. A work group composed of four administrators and two student leaders was formed to develop the criteria for applying and issuing awards, following guidelines issued by the Department of Education. Input from the students was critical to the development of both the criteria and the process. The goal was to provide relief to those students with the greatest need — not a blanket, equal distribution of the funds to all students without regard to need. 
  2. The awards were designed to assist students whose financial circumstances were affected negatively as a direct result of the interruption of on-campus studies caused by COVID-19. These circumstances could include housing, utilities, food, transportation, technology, childcare, etc.
  3. UPDATE: As of July 20, 2020, 613 awards have been made totaling $1,019,650.43. FSU's CARES Act Funding Reports can be found here.
  4. Students can still apply for assistance from Spring semester financial hardship:


Fall 2020 CARES Act Information

This fall, CARES Act money will be available to help eligible students pay for the difference between the cost of a single room and a double room in the residence halls.

  1. A student must apply to get that funding (information and a link to apply for funds will be sent to students and posted to this website later this summer.) Students cannot apply until the semester begins, but they will be allowed to carry a $375 balance in their billing accounts as the semester begins.
  2. Depending on how much money is ultimately paid out this spring from the CARES Act funds, there may be additional funds available for students to apply to cover other emergency expenses related to COVID-19 for this fall as well.

Appeal Your Financial Aid Package

The events surrounding COVID-19 have created many financial hardships for students nationwide. To help lessen this burden, FSU encourages you to fill out the Financial Aid appeal form.

This form UPDATES the information you submitted to FSU through the FAFSA. Because this information is used to determine your financial aid package for next year, it is very important to update your financial information based on what has happened during the pandemic.

You MUST fill out the form provided by FSU. Third party forms will not be accepted.

Update Your FAFSA

pastas and sauces available in bag 1PAWS Pantry

PAWS Pantry provides non-perishable food to ANY FSU student free of charge. The pantry is located at the Braddock House (20 Braddock Rd.) and is open by appointment only, Monday – Thursday, for the summer. Students can email PAWSPantry@frostburg.edu by noon the day before they would like an appointment. The pantry is not currently open to walk-ins; pre-packed and customizable bag options are being provided, and students are urged to take the food they need for a week. Visit our website for information.


Donate to Support Students

The FSU Foundation supports students through hundreds of funds and awards. Please consider donating to the Emergency Scholarship Fund right now. Visit www.frostburg.edu/Foundation for more information.

Donate to the Emergency Scholarship Fund