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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act - Student Emergency Assistance Funding

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

The University of Dayton has signed the "Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement regarding Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act," which enables the University to receive federal funding to provide emergency financial aid grants to students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The University intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds it receives under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.

The University of Dayton received $2,598,869 from the U.S. Department of Education for emergency financial aid grants to students. As of 09/14/2020, we have awarded 2,294 students a total of $2,598,869 in CARES Act grants. This funding has been exhausted and any applicant who applied by 4:00 pm on September 8, 2020 and met eligibility requirements at the time was awarded assistance.

The University of Dayton estimates a total of 7200 students who are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.  Based on the criteria in the CARES Act, these are the students eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants for emergency expenses tied to COVID-19 interruptions under the CARES Act.

On April 28, 2020, the University sent an email to all students regarding information on emergency financial assistance.  This email included:

  • explanation of the funds received from CARES Act (as well as other types of funds available for emergency assistance to students)
  • how much the University received in CARES funding and use of funds as direct emergency assistance to students
  • eligibility requirements for applying for CARES funding as clarified by the U.S. Department of Education on April 21, 2020  
  • link to the Application for Emergency Assistance due to COVID-19 Disruption
  • link to an FAQ page, Emergency Financial Assistance which details more about the CARES Act funding
  • contact email for questions

Communication for students who receive CARES grant awards will include:

  • their individual award amount
  • details regarding how these funds are awarded to support the emergency expenses they reported in their application for assistance
  • notice that students will not need to repay these funds
  • how the funds will be distributed to them (eRefund or check)
  • link to the FAQ page, Emergency Financial Assistance
  • a UD contact email for questions 

Since made available on April 28, 2020, students have used the Application for Emergency Assistance due to COVID-19 Disruption to indicate the emergency expenses they have incurred that are directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. The responses to those applications are being reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid. Applications are reviewed within 14 business days and students are considered for awards up to $2000, based on the reported expenses a student certifies to have incurred on their application.  The University has developed guidelines regarding what expenses are reasonable; these guidelines are used as part of the internal review process to help ensure as many students as possible receive funding and that awards are made fairly and objectively.

The final Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report for the institutional portion of the HEERF funding for the quarter ending September 30, 2020 is made publicly available here.

Last updated October 30, 2020


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