CARES Act Relief for SJC Students

After signing and returning the Certification and Agreement form to the Department of Education, Saint Joseph’s College received $324,547 for its “Student Share” of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  These funds are to meet “expenses incurred by students as a result of the campus disruption caused by the COVID19 pandemic”.

Disbursement Procedures:

Recognizing that resident students incurred additional housing and food expenses as a result of the closing of the residence halls in March 2020, Saint Joseph’s College distributed approximately half (56%) of its HEERF funding in late May 2020, in the form of a $325 check to resident students who were currently enrolled, or received their diplomas in May 2020, and who submitted a valid 2019-‘20 FAFSA.

In an effort to ensure that SJC students had an avenue to make us aware of their pandemic related expenses and needs, we developed an application form and procedure which began in May and continued until November 18, 2020 when all $324,547 funds had been disbursed.

A portion of the HEERF funds were distributed to eligible students who applied through this process and had additional documented expenses as a result of the campus disruption from the pandemic. The applications were reviewed by a small task force meeting weekly in an effort to ensure that the request for assistance met the criteria set forth by the Department and Congress for the HEERF grants.

The below information is updated according to the reporting requirements associated with these Emergency Financial Aid Grants of the HEERF.

Disbursement Summary:

  • As of May 22, 2020, the College had approved a total $180,375 in HEERF Grants to approximately 555 eligible students. The estimated total number of students eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was 801.
  • As of July 2, 2020, the College had approved a total $191,207.34 in HEERF Grants to approximately 557 eligible students. The estimated total number of students eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was 801.
  • As of August 10, 2020, the College had approved a total $194,293.05 in HEERF Grants to approximately 557 eligible students. The estimated total number of students eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was 801.
  • As of September 10, 2020, the College had approved a total $203,463.05 in HEERF Grants to approximately 558 eligible students. The estimated total number of students eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was 1031.
  • As of September 30, 2020, the College had approved a total $203,463.05 in HEERF Grants to approximately 558 eligible students. The estimated total number of students eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was 1031.
  • As of November 18, 2020, the College has approved and disbursed the total $324, 547 in HEERF Grants to approximately 625 eligible students. The estimated total number of students eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was 1031.
  • As of January 7, 2021, the College has approved and disbursed the total $324,547 in HEERF Grants to approximately 625 eligible students. The estimated total number of students eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was 1031.

This quarterly posting is the final report which covers all of the HEERF fund expenditures for Section 18004(a)(1) Student Portion funds.

A copy of the May 2020 email to students regarding the CARES Act/HEERF monies may be found here.

A sample of the application form which was used by students to apply for additional funding through the Emergency Relief Funding may be found here.

A copy of the November 18, 2020 email to students regarding the CARES Act/HEERF monies may be found here.

Questions regarding SJC’s “Student Share” of the CARES Act may be sent to studentfinancialservices@sjcme.edu.

On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). On January 14, 2021, The U.S. Department of Education announced an additional $21.2 billion available to higher education institutes to ensure learning continues for students during the COVID-19 pandemic under the CRRSAA as HEERF II.
 
The HEERF II allocation for Saint Joseph’s College was a total of $1,306,280, with a maximum Institutional Portion of $981,733, and the minimum Student Aid portion of $324,547.
 
The college will be disbursing these funds to our neediest students following guidance from the U.S. Department of Education until January of 2022 or until the funds have all been spent.
 
In order for students to make us aware of their need for additional financial assistance, we are using a form similar to that used for the CARES Act/HEERF I funding. Students may find the form below and submit it to studentfinancialservices@sjcme.edu to be considered for HEERF II funds.

HEERF II Student Disbursements:

On March 18, 2021, a total of $23,400 was disbursed to 53 students.   The estimated total number of students eligible to receive HEERF II aid was 410.

On April 15, 2021, a total of $12,197 was disbursed to 8 students.  The estimated total number of students eligible to receive HEERF II aid was 410.

On April 23, 2021, a total of $2,000 was disbursed to 1 student.  The estimated total number of students eligible to receive HEERF II aid was 410.

On April 27, 2021, a total of $263,950 was disbursed to 324 students.  The estimated total number of students eligible to receive HEERF II aid was 410.

On May 6, 2021, a total of $23,000 was disbursed to 20 students.  The estimated total number of students eligible to receive HEERF II aid was 410.

As of May 6, 2021, the entirety of the Student Aid Portion has been disbursed. We anticipate more funds becoming available through HEERF III, check back here for updates.

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP).  The ARP appropriated approximately $39.6 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and represents the third stream of funding appropriated for HEERF to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.  Taken together, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) and The ARP represent HEERF I, HEERF II, and HEERF III, respectively.

The HEERF III allocation for Saint Joseph’s College was a total of $2,590,739 of with a maximum Institutional Portion of $1,260,761 and the minimum Student Aid portion of  $1,329,978.

The college will be disbursing these funds to our neediest students following guidance from the U.S. Department of Education until January of 2022 or until the funds have all been spent.

In order for students to make us aware of their need for additional financial assistance, we are using a form similar to that used for the CARES Act/HEERF I and HEERF II funding. Students may find the form below and submit it to studentfinancialservices@sjcme.edu to be considered for HEERF III funds.

HEERF III Student Disbursements:

On June 22, 2021, a total of $3,094 was disbursed to 2 students.