Carroll University CARES Act Student Emergency Grant Funds Report
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information | Last updated August 20, 2020
On March 27, 2020, the President of the United States signed the CARES Act (H.R. 748), which provides emergency relief funds to organizations and individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), found in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, provides funding to institutions of higher education “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.” The information below complies with the mandated reporting as it relates to the acceptance of funds distributed directly to students.
Acknowledgment of Funding and Certification
Carroll University reviewed, signed, and submitted the application to the U.S. Department of Education for student CARES act funds on April 29, 2020. In keeping with the terms of the certification, Carroll University will distribute no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants directly to students.
Carroll University will receive a total of $2,437,429 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the HEERF, of which at least $1,218,715 will be provided directly to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19.
Funds Distributed to Date
Carroll University has distributed $1,176,656 to 1,310 students as of August 20, 2020.
The total number of Carroll University students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and meeting institutional regulations therefore eligible to receive CARES Act emergency financial aid grants is 2,787. Of those eligible students, 1,310 will receive an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
Methods Used to Determine Which Students Receive Aid and How Much
Carroll University used a committee to determine how to distribute the emergency financial aid grants to our students. The committee is comprised of the AVP of Enrollment/Director of Financial Aid, University Counsel, VP for Finance and Administration, AVP for Finance and Administration, Assistant Controller and the Compliance Officer. The committee developed an application for students to complete to receive the funds. A FAQ also was posted on our website about the Emergency Financial Aid Grants for students.
Instructions or Directions Given to the Students
- Email sent to all eligible students on 4/30/2020
- Email sent to all faculty/staff explaining the emergency financial aid grants on 5/1/2020
- Email sent to eligible students with unique link to application went live on 5/3/15
- Reminder email sent to eligible students with unique link to application sent on 5/8/2020
- Text message sent to all opt-in, qualified students as reminder to complete application on 5/12/20
- Deadline for completion of application 5/12/2020
- Upon review on 5/12/20, less than 50% of our neediest population had completed the application. A reminder was sent to 700 students reminding them of this opportunity and giving them until Friday, 5/15/2020, to complete an application.
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