Office of Enrollment Management


Information about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act


In compliance with the regulations for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is publishing the following information on May 18, 2020:

On April 23, 2020 MUSC signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement to receive the student portion (50%) of CARES Act funds allocated to the University.  This money (student portion) was received by MUSC on May 5, 2020.

The institution has used this 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act solely to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants directly to students without offsetting any outstanding debt to the institution.

The total amount provided directly to students was $468,847 which was disbursed to students between May 9, 2020 and May 14, 2020.

The estimated number of Title IV eligible students enrolled for Spring 2020, who were not enrolled in a predominantly online program, was 1774.  These students were notified via their official MUSC student email address about the availability of the grant and were asked to submit a simple electronic form answering if they had incurred expenses as a result of disruption of campus activities due to coronavirus and if they wished to receive money from this grant.  Two follow up emails were sent to students who did not respond.

The number of eligible students who responded affirmatively was 1165, and the aforementioned money was disbursed evenly to those students ($402.44 ea), with one randomly selected student receiving an additional remainder of $4.40.

Below are copies of the text from the initial email and two follow-up emails.

Dear (student name) ,

This email is being sent to you because you are currently enrolled in Spring 2020 coursework in a program that is not considered primarily an online program.  You have also submitted a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) this year.

Because you meet these minimal eligibility requirements, you may be eligible to receive money if you experienced expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. These funds are provided through the US Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Please access the form linked below and read it carefully before submitting.  This form will only be available through April 28, 2020, and submissions will not be accepted after that time.

(form link)


Lisa Saladin, PhD

Executive VP for Academic Affairs & Provost

Good day (student name) ,

This email is being sent to answer some basic questions that several students have had regarding submission of the form for the CARES ACT Student Grant about which you received an email yesterday.

  • There is no need to enter information in the "Staff Use" section of the form.
  • You will NOT get an INSTANT acknowledgement that you submitted. There is no need to submit multiple times. It may be a day or two before we record your submission and you will get an acknowledgement then.
  • The grant is not considered financial aid and does not affect your eligibility for other forms of aid and will not cause a reduction in the amount of loans or other aid you can receive.
  • The grant will not be directly applied to any outstanding charges you may have at MUSC.
  • MUSC does not yet have the money in hand from the government, but plans to disburse promptly once we do.
  • We have been told that this money is completely independent of any COVID-related stimulus check you may receive through the IRS.

Thank you.

Good afternoon (student name) ,

This is a reminder that you have until 4:30pm tomorrow, Tuesday April 28, 2020 to submit your response to the questionnaire regarding the CARES act grant.  If you do not submit that form, you will not be eligible for a share of the grant.  If you have already submitted the form, you do not need to do so again.

The link to the form can be found in the original email from Dr. Saladin that was sent to you between 3:00 and 4:00pm on April 22 with the subject "CARES ACT Student Grant - Response Requested, Deadline April 28th"


George W. Ohlandt

Executive Director, Enrollment Management