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We know that you and your families have been impacted by COVID-19 in many ways during this last year.  To help with the financial burdens students have been experiencing, the federal government recently enacted a new set of direct grants to students through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) to assist with expenses related to coronavirus.

The information below will help answer questions you might have about this grant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Students must be:

  • Enrolled full- or part-time and working towards a degree or certificate program at The College of Saint Rose
  • Enrolled in at least 1 credit for the Spring 2021 semester no later than February 15, 2021
  • NOTE: Undocumented students and international students are not eligible for the CRRSAA Act funds.

Complete the application.  All applications must be received by 11:59pm on March 11, 2021.  A review of applications will begin on March 17, 2021, and students will be notified after March 19, 2021.

Students are not being asked to request a specific amount.   The award amount will be based on financial need; preference will be given to those with a FAFSA form currently on file.  The Biden Administration has encouraged institutions to heavily weight funding to students who are eligible to receive Pell Grants.

At this time, a student can complete one application for an Emergency Grant through the CRRSAA Act.  If additional funding is available after applications are reviewed, we will notify students.  You may also consider submitting a request through the Dennis McDonald Emergency Fund for one-time support requests.

The following is a list of expenses that can be considered for grant assistance if they were incurred as a “direct result of the disruption due to the coronavirus.”

  • Food Insecurity
  • Moving and/or Additional Housing Expenses
  • Course Materials
  • Health Care
  • Child Care
  • Technology-related (such as having a buy a computer to take classes remotely)

No, this is an emergency grant program and these funds do not need to be repaid to the College.

No, receipts for expenses are not part of the grant application.

At this time, we are not sure.  If we receive additional guidance, we will let you know.

Students have the option of applying the grant awarded to them to any outstanding balance on their student account, or receiving a check.  If a student opts to receive a check, students will be given the opportunity to pick up the check within a specified period of time, and then any remaining checks will be mailed to the permanent address that the College has on file.

Students will be provided with the option to apply any grant amount awarded to them directly to their student account to help reduce and/or cover any outstanding balance.  If this option is selected, once all aid has been paid to a student’s account, any overpayment on the student account will be refunded.

No, the grant is not taxable.

We thank you for taking the time to review this, and we are glad that you are doing well. You can rest assured that the CRRSAA Act funds will support your classmates who are in need.