Student Relief Funds
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided Spring Arbor University with $790,634 for Student Relief Grants. The funds are being distributed to students to help cover their expenses related to the disruption of face-to-face campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The US Department of Education (ED) set specific criteria regarding our distribution of the funds and the criteria for eligibility. The requirements for eligibility based on ED’s guidelines include:
· Student must have been enrolled in a face-to-face program as of March 13 that met at one of our regional sites or main campus. Programs that met online or through Zoom are not eligible for these funds.
· Student must be eligible for federal student aid as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
· If the student was in a face-to-face program and met the criteria above, and had not completed a 1920 FAFSA, a complete FAFSA must have been filed by Wednesday, May 27 in order to be considered eligible for these funds.
In accordance with the regulations set forth by the US Department of Education, the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, 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.
All students were notified via e-mail on 5/22/2020 of the University approach to the disbursement of CARES Act funds. Students receiving a disbursement received a follow-up email from the Financial Aid Office providing specific details on how to receive the funds.
The process for distribution to qualified students is a block rate based on the combination of student experience (part-time, full-time, resident, and commuter status) as of March 13. As of May 29, 2020, the institution has disbursed $772,875 to 1,183 eligible students.