CARES Act Report

St. Joseph’s College, New York (SJCNY) signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 16, 2020  and has begun to disburse no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
 
SJCNY received $1,872,864 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. As of May 30, 2020, SJCNY has distributed $625,500 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
 
Approximately 3886 SJCNY students at the institution are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
 
As of May 30, 2020, 672 students have been sent an Emergency Financial Aid Grant as per Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

On May 1, 2020, an ad hoc committee of SJCNY personnel met to discuss how to distribute these funds in keeping with the guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Education and continues to meet weekly.

The committee affirmed that low-income, Pell-eligible students were most likely to have suffered severe disruption because of the closure of our campuses on March 10, 2020 due to coronavirus, particularly as it pertains to to eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

In light of these extraordinary circumstances:

  • SJCNY will distribute a $1,000 grant to all full-time (12 credits or more), Pell-eligible, land-based students enrolled for the spring 2020 semester at SJCNY.
  • SJCNY will distribute a $250 award to all part-time (11 credits or fewer), Pell-eligible, land-based students enrolled for the spring 2020 semester at SJCNY.

Pell recipients were emailed to inform them of their eligibility for this award and were asked to complete a certification form outlining that they understand the terms of the grant for auditing purposes. Subsequent emails will go out once a week to targeted Pell-eligible students who did not respond to the initial email on Tuesdays until funds are completely drawn down. All students will be advised that funds are first-come, first-serve.

For the remaining funds, a digital application will be enabled and Title IV-eligible students who claim economic dislocation due to the disruption of campus operations will be eligible to receive: 

  • $500 for full-time (enrolled for 12 or more credits) land-based students enrolled for the spring 2020 semester at SJCNY
  • $250 for part-time (enrolled for 11 or fewer credits) land-based students enrolled for the spring 2020 semester at SJCNY

This form will inform students of the existence of emergency grant funds, collect their demographic data, state the conditions of the funds and provide an opportunity to self-certify that they understand and agree to these conditions. This will link back to FA and the business office for Title IV eligibility certification and subsequent disbursement. Once again, students will be advised that funds are on a first-come, first-serve basis and will receive regular emails.

UPDATE: July 14, 2020

SJCNY has continued to disburse no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

SJCNY received $1,872,864 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

As of July 10, 2020, SJCNY has distributed $1,295,250 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Approximately 3886 SJCNY students at the institution are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

As of July 10, 2020, 1,877 students have been sent an Emergency Financial Aid Grant as per Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

SJCNY launched its application process on June 8, 2020 to offer students emergency grants in the amounts listed above to alleviate the impact of campus closure due to COVID 19. Weekly emails were and are being sent every Tuesday to eligible students that have not received CARES Act funds. In addition, a series of SMS text messages were sent urging students to check their official SJCNY emails in order to apply for remaining CARES Act funds. Messages will continue to be sent to reach out to students who are potentially in need of assistance.

UPDATE: August 28, 2020

SJCNY has continued to disburse no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

SJCNY received $1,872,864 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

As of August 24, 2020, SJCNY has distributed $1,384,750 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Approximately 3886 SJCNY students at the institution are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

As of August 24, 2020, 2,050 students have been sent an Emergency Financial Aid Grant as per Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

SJCNY launched its application process on June 8, 2020 to offer students emergency grants in the amounts listed above to alleviate the impact of campus closure due to COVID 19. Weekly emails were sent every Tuesday to eligible students that have not received CARES Act funds. In addition, a series of SMS text messages were sent urging students to check their official SJCNY emails in order to apply for remaining CARES Act funds. 

For the upcoming semester, a new round of emails will be sent to students after the start of the fall semester informing them that there are still limited funds available in the event that they are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Students will be required to demonstrate that they have financial need. In addition, if they received funding earlier, they may apply for a second grant if they are able to show that they require additional assistance. 

UPDATE: October 9, 2020

SJCNY has disbursed no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

SJCNY received $1,872,864 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

As of October 4, 2020, SJCNY has distributed $1,872,864 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Approximately 3886 SJCNY students at the institution are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

As of October 4, 2020, 2,311 students have been sent an Emergency Financial Aid Grant as per Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

SJCNY launched its application process on June 8, 2020 to offer students emergency grants in the amounts listed above to alleviate the impact of campus closure due to COVID 19. Weekly emails were sent every Tuesday to eligible students that have not received CARES Act funds. In addition, a series of SMS text messages were sent urging students to check their official SJCNY emails in order to apply for remaining CARES Act funds. 

For the fall semester, a new round of emails were sent to students informing them that there are still limited funds available in the event that they are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Students were required to demonstrate that they have financial need. In addition, if they received funding earlier, they were eligible to apply for a second grant if they were able to show that they required additional assistance. As indicated above, all funding has been exhausted and the application process was shut down.