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CARES Act Eligibility and Application Process

Published: July 10, 2020 | Category: Administration

On April 13, Southern Utah University signed and returned to the Department of Education Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. On April 24, we received the grant award notification (P425E201490) for the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Under the CARES Act, SUU will receive $5,624,696 in funding, no less than 50% of which will be used to provide emergency cash grants for students. Therefore, $2,812,348 has been allocated for this purpose.

SUU estimates that between 3,538 and 6,000 students are or could be found eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are thus eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. As of July 10th, SUU has distributed $661,609 to 1125 students.

SUU will utilize an application process to review student expenses, Title IV eligibility, and award emergency grants. SUU’s application will be accessible via students’ portal. Utilizing a portal application will allow SUU to verify student identity and screen for Title IV eligibility. Title IV eligibility will be assessed by the student’s completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

In order to prioritize supporting as many students as possible, while also identifying and addressing students with greater needs, SUU will award HEERF emergency grants through several rounds. The first round of applications and awarding will be open for one month, during which time students will submit any expenses they incurred due to a disruption of campus operations up to that date. During the initial round of awards, we will limit the amount any one student will receive to a maximum of $400. Award amounts will be determined by the amount of eligible expenses a student submits up to the maximum award of $400. A SUU staff member will review applications to ensure expenses are connected to the disruption of university operations and note any discrepancies or denial of funding. Specifically, SUU will assess if an expense is consistent, allowable, reasonable and allocable, in accordance with Uniform Guidance (2 CFR § 200).

If funds are left after the first application round, SUU will award additional funds to students whose expenses were greater than $400 or who incurred additional expenses due to continued campus disruptions. SUU will consistently monitor fund utilization as applications are received and reviewed to adjust secondary funding rounds and disburse additional funding to eligible students as promptly as possible.

On May 8, 2020, SUU posted information for students about the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

On May 22nd, SUU posted this additional Frequently Asked Questions to continue to inform students on the CARES Act funding.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Tags: Coronavirus

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SUU Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund