CARES Act Information

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act --

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

You have likely heard about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, which provides financial support to higher education institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. At least 50 percent of received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act are to be allocated for emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted.

 

Alverno has signed and returned to the US Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and received notification that we will receive CARES Act funds. A total of $869,259 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants will be disbursed to students beginning Monday, May 11 and ongoing per the process outlined below.

 

These grant funds, which do not need to be repaid, are meant to cover expenses like food and housing; childcare; transportation; and technology. Alverno may not apply these funds directly to your student account for tuition expenses. You will receive a check for you to use as you choose.

 

The Financial Aid office will be prioritizing disbursement based on groups of students who have been the most directly impacted, including students who were living or working on campus at the time of the outbreak and no longer have a source of income. All students interested in receiving assistance must submit an application.

 

  • The Financial Aid office will email applications for funding to students in waves, beginning immediately. All students will receive an application before the end of the spring semester, and Alverno’s Student Success committee will consider factors like need in the review process.
  • Once we have received your application, the Student Success committee will contact you to verify your circumstances. You may be required to present documentation.
  • If you are a student who will not be able to continue your education without emergency funding, or if you know a student who will not be able to continue their education without emergency funding, please contact the Student Success committee:


Alverno continues to pledge its support for undocumented students, including DACA recipients. If you have questions about funds available for undocumented or DACA recipients, please contact Financial Aid at financial.aid@alverno.edu.

Additionally, all other questions can be directed to:

 

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Update as of June 17, 2020

Currently the following groups of students have been awarded an automatic CARES grant:

 

Students who were living or working on campus*

  1. Students within EFC limits who were living on campus, that remained on campus but no longer had access to campus services like dining services and computer labs:
    • Food costs: $445
    • Technology costs: $710
  2. Students within EFC limits who were living on campus and had to leave campus, receive money for moving/transportation expenses and technology.
    • Transportation costs: $194
    • Technology costs: $710
  3. Students within EFC limits who were working on campus an average of 10 hours or more per week, who no longer have access to dining services and may need to use transportation to seek new employment
    • Transportation costs up to: $194
    • Food costs: $445
  4. Students within EFC limits who were working on campus an average of 5-10 hours or more per week, who no longer have access to dining services and may need to use transportation to seek new employment
    • Transportation costs up to: $194
    • Food costs: $222
  5. No reimbursement automatically awarded for students working an average of less than 5 hours per week.

 Students who were using the Alverno food pantry during the campus disruption of coronavirus

  • Food costs: $445

*Students who are in multiple groups can receive multiple award categories, but can’t “double-dip” in overlapping expense categories

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Applications have now been sent to all eligible students. The application period is currently closed, but may re-open again in the future.
  1. All active students may fill out an application to self-certify the expenses that they have incurred as a result of the campus disruption of coronavirus.
    • The application was sent to students in waves, starting with students who have the highest need. The application has now been sent to all students who were enrolled in the spring 2020 term.
    • The applications are being reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Award amounts are being determined with the following limits in place:

 

Award Limits

Most expenses that the student lists will be paid dollar-for-dollar with the following limits:

  • Housing expenses up to: $1,335 (50% of the semester COA amount)
  • Food costs up to: $445 (50% of the semester COA amount)
  • Transportation costs up to: $194 (50% of the semester COA amount)
  • Personal expenses up to: $530 (25% of the semester COA amount)
  • Technology costs up to: $710 (average cost for laptop, WiFi and printer)
  • Childcare costs up to: $2,520 (using student rate (infant) at Alverno daycare 5 full days/week for 8 weeks)
  • Other expenses: Student success committee will evaluate all reasonable requests on a student-by-student basis to determine if they have other allowable expenses that aren’t listed here. Amounts or limits will be considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on the circumstance.

There will also be an overall limit on the amount of grant a student can qualify for, based on the 2019-20 EFC as calculated by the FAFSA*:

  • 0 EFC = $4,000 limit
  • EFC between 1-5576 = $2,500 limit
  • EFC between 5577-19,999 = $1,500 limit
  • EFC over 20,000 = by appeal only

*Exceptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis with conversations with the student success team, based on extenuating circumstances. Students may be asked to provide receipts or other written documentation.

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As of today, a total of $715,037 in grants has been awarded to 534 students.

There are 1432 students at the institution eligible to participate in Title IV prgrams, and thus eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.