CARES Act Relief for SJC Students:

HEERF Student Share Reporting:  (Updated October 5, 2020)

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/needs 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 with needs that we may be unaware of, have 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 is ongoing.  A portion of the HEERF funds are being distributed to eligible students who apply through this process and have additional documented expenses/needs as a result of the campus disruption from the pandemic. The applications are reviewed by a small task force meeting weekly in an effort to ensure that the request for assistance meets the criteria set forth by the Department and Congress for the HEERF grants.

The below information will be 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.

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Students who have incurred expenses/needs due to the campus disruption may be eligible for additional funding.  To apply for Emergency Relief Funding Grants, please complete the application and email to:

studentfinancialservices@sjcme.edu