The following communications have been sent to students, related to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund application:
Quinnipiac University recently received $2,672,000 in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds, as authorized by the Federal CARES Act. These funds will be awarded to eligible students who incurred expenses as a result of COVID-19 during the Spring 2020 semester. In accordance with federal regulations and guidance, the following students may be eligible to apply for funds:
- Were enrolled at least half-time in a degree program as of March 13, 2020
- Were not enrolled exclusively in an online program as of March 13, 2020
- Filed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Form, which was accepted by Quinnipiac, for 2019/20 or 2020/21. Students may still file the FAFSA now if it was not previously completed.
- Are US Citizens, Permanent Residents, or Eligible Non-Citizens
- Complete a certification of expenses, via the application
- Are making Satisfactory Academic Progress, as defined by your program
We invite students who meet these criteria to apply via the application before July 15, 2020. Funds will be awarded to eligible students based on their expenses and demonstrated financial need from the FAFSA. Students who apply by July 15 will be considered for funding as long as funds are available.
Current interpretation of the guidance from the US Department of Education indicates that students who have graduated or otherwise withdrawn prior to the award date and are not continuing their studies at Quinnipiac in the Fall are not eligible to receive funds. Quinnipiac is reserving a portion of funds for otherwise eligible students in this situation for consideration if the federal rules change.
We intend to process and render decisions on all applications within three weeks of the submission date. Please see the FAQ’s available on our website at this link for more information.
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Working Group
Eligible students urged to apply for emergency grants through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act
The application to apply for emergency grants through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act has been extended to Thursday, July 30. Students with expenses related to COVID-19 are urged to apply. The CARES Act provides funding to colleges and universities through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).
Quinnipiac has $2,672,600 in HEERF Student Share Grant Funds to award directly to students – and approximately $1.2 million of the funds have been awarded to students to date. If there is money remaining after July 30, eligible applicants will continue to be awarded.
To be eligible, students:
- must have been enrolled at least half-time in a degree program (Undergraduate, Graduate, Law or Medicine) during the Spring 2020 term
- must have filed a FAFSA
- may not have been enrolled exclusively in an online program as of March 13
- must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or eligible non-citizen
- must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards
The number of students who will receive awards depends on how many apply and the amount of their awards – which are based on a combination of their expenses and their Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA. Emergency grants for eligible students range, on average, from about $600 to $1,000 – though some may be more or less depending on the needs of those who have applied. Typically, students are notified of their award decision within three weeks of application submission. Awarded students will receive funds as a refund from their student account.
Students should file a FAFSA before applying. This may still be completed for 2020/2021 at fafsa.gov
Though a FAFSA is required to confirm eligibility, students do not have to have received financial aid to qualify for this award.