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Posted Date: June 24, 2020
Author: The College of Saint Rose

Colleges are required to report on their use of student funds received under the CARES Act. Institutions must post information about these funds onto their “primary” website within 30 days of receiving the grant allocation and every 45 days thereafter. The information that institutions need to post on their website includes:

1. An acknowledgment that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

College Response:
The College has received two grants from the CARES Act, which total $3,475,163.The College has executed the Certification and agreement that no less than 50 percent of the funds received will be used to provide emergency financial aid grants to Saint Rose students. For the balance of the funds, the College will obtain the matching share at the same rate the students are receiving their funds.

2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Student.

College Response:
The College has received approval for $1,737,582.

3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

College Response:
As of June 26, 2020, the College has issued 1,448 checks in the amount of $700,931.

4. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

College Response:
There are a total of 2,718 students eligible to participate in the program.

5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

College Response:
As of June 26, 2020, the College has issued checks in the amount of $700,931 to 1,409 students.

6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

College Response:
The College has determined in order to allow the maximum participation of students, there would be an initial application to be deployed to all eligible students that will contain a cap of $500 to be awarded. Once applications have been received and reviewed, additional funding will be provided to the students in need. Each application will be carefully reviewed for eligibility.

For a student to be eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants they must have these qualifications:

1. Enrolled full- or part-time and working towards a degree or certificate program at The College of Saint Rose.
2. Enrolled in at least 1 credit for the Spring 2020 semester; classes must have been either all in-person or a mix of in-person and online prior to the College going remote (degree programs that are fully online and students in our CITE program are not eligible).
3. Currently receiving or eligible to receive Title IV funds through the Higher Education Act. That means a student must have filed or be eligible to file a FAFSA with The College of Saint Rose. If a FAFSA is not filed, students may be asked to complete one. Undocumented students and international students are not eligible for the CARES Act funds.

7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

College Response:
Please visit our frequently asked questions for additional information.

Posted Date: May 29, 2020
Author: The College of Saint Rose

Colleges are required to report on their use of student funds received under the CARES Act. Institutions must post information about these funds onto their “primary” website within 30 days of receiving the grant allocation and every 45 days thereafter. The information that institutions need to post on their website includes:

1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Student.

College Response:
The College has received approval for $1,737,582.00

2. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

College Response:
As of May 28, 2020, no funds have been distributed to students. Applications are currently under review, and the expected first disbursement of the funds is the week of June 1, 2020.

3. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

College Response:
There are a total of 2,718 students eligible to participate in the program.

4. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

College Response:
As of May 28, 2020, no funds have been distributed to students. The College received 1,469 applications which are currently under review and the expected first disbursement of the funds is the week of June 1, 2020.

5. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

College Response:

The College has determined in order to allow the maximum participation of students, there would be an initial application to be deployed to all eligible students that will contain a cap of $500 to be awarded. Once applications have been received and reviewed, additional funding will be provided to the students in need. Each application will be carefully reviewed for eligibility. 

For a student to be eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants they must have these qualifications:

1. Enrolled full- or part-time and working towards a degree or certificate program at The College of Saint Rose.
2.  Enrolled in at least 1 credit for the Spring 2020 semester; classes must have been either all in-person or a mix of in-person and online prior to the College going remote (degree programs that are fully online and students in our CITE program are not eligible).
3. Currently receiving or eligible to receive Title IV funds through the Higher Education Act. That means a student must have filed or be eligible to file a FAFSA with The College of Saint Rose. If a FAFSA is not filed, students may be asked to complete one.

Undocumented students and international students are not eligible for the CARES Act funds.

6. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

College Response:
Please visit our frequently asked questions for additional information.

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Posted Date: May 06, 2020
Author: Office of Postsecondary Education
Subject: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting- Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”)), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the Act to submit (in a time and manner required by the Secretary) a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”). Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). On April 9, 2020, the Department published documents related to the Emergency Financial Aid Grants, including a letter from Secretary Betsy DeVos, a form Certification and Agreement for signing and returning by institutions to access the funds, and a list of institutional allocations under 18004(a)(1).

The Certification and Agreement directs each institution applying for HEERF funds to comply with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act and submit an initial report (the “30-day Fund Report”) to the Secretary thirty (30) days from the date of the institution’s Certification and Agreement to the Department. The Department will provide instructions for providing the required information to the Secretary in the near future. In the meantime, each HEERF participating institution must post the information listed below on the institution’s primary website. The Department would like to receive the most current information from the date when the institution received its allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students, and the institution should have received its allocation within a few days after submitting the Certification and Agreement. Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).
  4. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

*Note: In preparing the 30-day Fund Report, institutions should use data suppression and other methodologies to comply with, and protect the personally identifiable information from student education records, under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99). For example, the Department does not expect institutions to report information about a group of 10 or fewer students.  For example, if the total number of eligible students, the total of number of students who received Emergency Financial Aid Grants, or the difference between the two numbers is less than 10, then the institution should not display the number of students or the amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students on publicly available website(s) controlled by the institution.

Institutions that accurately report the information listed above will meet the initial reporting requirements. For subsequent reports and reporting for other related HEERF programs, the Department will notify participating institutions of the Department’s preferred reporting method. The Department may choose to collect additional information from institutions in accordance with the reporting requirement stated at Section 18(e) of the CARES Act and the Certification and Agreement.

For more information on the HEER, please visit the Department’s CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund page.

Contact Information

If you have questions about the information in this announcement, contact HEERF@ed.gov