Federal CARES Act Funding (Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting)

The recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed by Congress and signed into law, provides funding to colleges and universities through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). The University will utilize no less than 50% of the funding received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. 

Pursuant to the Certification and Agreement signed by Quinnipiac University and submitted to the US Department of Education, the University is eligible to receive up to $2,672,600 in HEERF Student Share Grant Funds. While the University has received confirmation of the availability of these funds, the University has not yet drawn down the available funds.

HEERF Communications

The following communications have been sent to students, related to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund application:

June 3, 2020

Dear Quinnipiac Student,

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:

Students who:

  • 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 15th 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of the guidance from the US Department of Education indicates that students who have graduated or otherwise withdrawn prior to the award date and are not continuing their studies at Quinnipiac in the Fall are not eligible to receive funds.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

July 10, 2020