CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund – Consumer Information
The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to eligible students that have been directly impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, including noted eligible expenses such as on-campus room and board services. More comprehensive information regarding HEERF may be found on the Department of Education website.
North Greenville University acknowledges that it signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education (DoE) the Certification and Agreement on April 17, 2020 with 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 Student Grants to students. The institution received notification from the U.S. Department of Education on April 27, 2020 that the first half of the HEERF funds were made available. NGU received a total of $2,143,104 from the U. S. Department of Education and designated a minimum of $1,071,552 in emergency grants for eligible students. Following guidance provided by the DoE, only students that have submitted a 19-20 FAFSA will be considered for emergency funding. Students enrolled exclusively in online degree programs and ineligible non-citizens do not qualify for these grants.
The University currently has an estimated 1,354 traditional undergraduate students eligible to receive Emergency Student Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. As of the date of this reporting a total of $1,152,300 in Emergency Student Grant funds have been provided to 1,022 eligible students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
The Emergency Student Grants provided directly to eligible residential students represent the calculated expense to assist students with housing and food expenses related to the disruption of campus services, including room and board services. University leadership carefully assessed the average expense incurred by each residential student for housing and meal expenses based on the week that it was determined that the school would not resume in-person courses. The $1,200 grant provided to residential students represents this calculated average expense. Grant funds were provided directly to eligible students by paper check sent by U. S. Mail to the permanent mailing address on file for each student, beginning the week of May 4, 2020.
Eligible commuting students were provided the opportunity to apply for consideration of an Emergency Student Grant if they had incurred eligible expenses directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, including noted eligible expenses such as food, course materials, health care, childcare, technology, transportation, etc. Eligible students were given direction via their NGU email beginning the week of May 16, 2020 on how to apply for consideration of this grant program on the NGU student portal using an online form. The deadline to apply for consideration was May 31, 2020.
The grant amount provided per student was based on consideration of the noted eligible expense(s) indicated on the student request form, as well as consideration of financial need using the student's EFC from their 2019-20 FAFSA.
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Grant funds were provided directly to eligible commuting students by paper check sent by U. S. Mail to the permanent mailing address on file for each student, beginning the week of June 15, 2020.
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