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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting

CARES Act (HEERF I)

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.

Last updated October 30, 2020

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) (HEERF II)

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 has committed to use half of the institution’s allocation received under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260 (HEERF II) 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 04/06/2021, the funding was exhausted.  We awarded 1,876 students a total of $2,598,869 in HEERF II grants. 

Funds were awarded through two separate approaches for students with financial need, per the Department of Education’s guidance.Undergraduate students with financial need as determined by the FAFSA who also had an outstanding balance owed to the institution were pre-determined as eligible.

Additional funds were awarded through an application process which was opened to undergraduate degree-seeking, Pell eligible students on March 22, 2021. The application was closed on March 23, 2021 due to the high volume of requests received. Award amounts were communicated to students by email the week of March 29, 2021.

On March 5th, 2021, the University sent an email to pre-determined eligible students regarding information on emergency financial assistance.  This email included

  • notice of the HEERF II funds received by the university
  • use of funds as direct emergency assistance to students
  • notice that student met initial eligibility requirements for HEERF II funding as clarified by the U.S. Department of Education on April 21, 2020
  • award amount
  • authorization form for allowing students to indicate how they wish to receive these funds (options included: 1) apply grant funds to balance on student account, 2) providing funds directly to student)
  • link to a HEERF II FAQ webpage
  • a UD contact email for questions

On March 22, 2021, for students who were eligible to complete an application, they were emailed the following:

  • notice of the HEERF II funds received by the university
  • use of funds as direct emergency assistance to students
  • notice that student met initial eligibility requirements for HEERF II 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, which also included an Authorization form to allow students to indicate how they wished to receive the funding
  • link to a HEERF II FAQ webpage
  • a UD contact email for questions

Communication for students who received HEERF II grant awards through the application process, the week of March 29th, included:

  • their individual award amount
  • details regarding how these funds are awarded to support the emergency expenses they reported in their application for assistance
  • how the funds will be distributed to them (eRefund or check)
  • link to the HEERF II FAQ page
  • a UD contact email for questions

Last updated June 30, 2021

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting

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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