May 18, 2020
Cc: Faculty and Staff
Re: CARES Act Funding: Deadline Extended until May 22, 2020
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), provides assistance to institutions to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. Eligible expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.
We are hopeful that we will receive the funds soon. In the meantime, we are putting systems in place to disburse the funds as quickly and efficiently as possible.
In accordance with the guidance received from the Department of Education, only students who are eligible for Title IV funding can receive funding from the CARES Act. Eligibility for Title IV funds includes but is not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, or GED.
This link will direct you to a form to complete, indicating that you would like to be considered for Emergency Funding through the CARES Act. We will use the information captured on this form to cross-check your eligibility with the Department of Education. The deadline to complete the form has been extended to Friday, May 22, 2020.
Although you are not required to accept Federal Aid, however, you must be eligible for Federal Aid to receive emergency funding through the Cares Act. If you don’t have FAFSA on file, you can submit one at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this public health emergency.