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The CARES Act/HEERF Student Share Grant Funds

About The CARES Act and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

On March 27, 2020, the federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”). A portion of HEERF funds must go directly to eligible students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis (“HEERF Student Share Grant Funds”).

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Student Share Grant online application is now available at forms.LUC.edu/heerf.

To log onto the online application, you will need your student UVID and password. Once logged in, you will be asked to provide receipts or documentation supporting your expenses. If you do not have supporting documentation, you will need to provide a statement regarding the expense.

Students must have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for the HEERF Student Share Grant Funds. If you did not file a FAFSA for the 2019-2020 Aid Year, you can do so at studentaid.gov. Once the Financial Aid Office certifies you have a valid FAFSA, you can submit your HEERF Grant application.

The following information is provided by Loyola University of Chicago (the “University”) as required by the Department of Education (“ED”) in order to comply with the reporting requirements under the CARES Act. This is the University’s first 30-day progress report and presents information as of May 15, 2020. Additional reports will be provided every 45 days.

1. Certification and Agreement

On April 17, 2020, the University signed and returned to ED the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the University 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.

2. Amounts to be Received

Pursuant to the Certification and Agreement, the University is eligible to receive up to $5,021,974 in HEERF Student Share Grant Funds. While the University has received confirmation of the availability of these funds, the University has not drawn down the available funds.

3. Amounts Distributed to Date

As of the date of this submission, the University has not distributed any HEERF Student Share Grant Funds. As of May 11, 2020, the University finalized a policy regarding the HEERF Student Share Grant Funds and is developing an online application process for students to request these grants. The University expects to be in a position to distribute funds beginning in June 2020.

4. ESTIMATED NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE STUDENTS

As of the Spring 2020 academic term, the University estimates that approximately 11,000 students, including students enrolled in associate’s, bachelor’s, graduate, and professional programs, may be eligible for the HEERF Student Share Grant Funds. This represents approximately two-thirds of the University’s total enrollment of approximately 17,000 students.

5. NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO HAVE RECEIVED HEERF STUDENT SHARE GRANTS

As of the date of this submission, no students have received HEERF Student Share Grants.  On May 11, 2020, the University finalized its policy regarding the HEERF Student Share Grant Funds and is developing an online application process for students to request these grants.  The University expects to be in a position to distribute funds beginning in June 2020.

6. METHOD OF DETERMINING WHICH STUDENTS WOULD RECEIVE HEERF STUDENT SHARE GRANTS

The University has decided to prioritize students with the greatest need, but at the same time establish a maximum funding threshold for each student to ensure that these funds are distributed as widely as possible. The maximum award is estimated to be $1,500 but will depend on the actual number of applications received and the funds requested by students, and could be either more or less than $1,500.

Following is a summary of the University’s procedure for determining how the HEERF Student Share Grant Funds will be distributed:

  • $4.5 million will be distributed based on student applications describing the expenses incurred as a result of the disruption of campus operations.

  • The University will validate each student’s eligibility and will review supporting documentation. Student applications will be accepted during a two-week Priority Application Period.
  • If the total value of applications received during the period exceeds $4.5 million (based on the lesser of the amount requested and supported or the maximum award), the University will allocate the funds based on lowest to highest Expected Family Contribution (“EFC”), until the cumulative grants total $4.5 million.

  • If the total value of applications received is less than or equal to the $4.5 million, the University will approve each application for the lesser of the amount requested and supported or the maximum award.
  • $0.5 million and any funds remaining after the initial funding round will be awarded to eligible students on a case-by-case basis taking into account individual student circumstances. The University will continue to make awards consistent with the CARES Act and the University’s policy until the HEERF Student Share Grant Funds are fully distributed.

7. INSTRUCTIONS, DIRECTIONS AND GUIDANCE REGARDING HEERF STUDENT SHARE GRANTS

The University is developing an online application process for students to apply for the HEERF Student Share Grant Funds. Pending availability of the online application later this month, the University will encourage students to do the following:

1) Review the sample Online Application included in Appendix A of the policy 

2) Gather and organize documentation supporting the expenses you incurred related to the disruption of campus operations

3) Review and update, as needed, direct deposit information in LOCUS 

4) Review HEERF Student Share Grant Funds FAQs and LUC.edu/heerf for related information.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A HEERF STUDENT SHARE GRANT? (05/28/20)

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Student Share Grant online application is now available at forms.LUC.edu/heerf.

To log onto the online application, you will need your student UVID and password. Once logged in, you will be asked to provide receipts or documentation supporting your expenses. If you do not have supporting documentation, you will need to provide a statement regarding the expense.

Students must have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for the HEERF Student Share Grant Funds. If you did not file a FAFSA for the 2019-2020 Aid Year, you can do so at studentaid.gov. Once the Financial Aid Office certifies you have a valid FAFSA, you can submit your HEERF Grant application.

WHEN WILL CARES ACT/HEERF GRANTS BE AVAILABLE? (05/22/20)

We anticipate that the HEERF Student Share Grant application will be available the last week of May. Students will be notified by email as soon as the online application is available. If you will be interested in completing an application and have not filed a FAFSA for the 2019-2020 Aid Year, you can do so at studentaid.gov. Please acquaint yourself with the Policy and other information that can be found here.

I HEAR THAT UNIVERSITIES ARE RECEIVING MONEY FOR EMERGENCY GRANTS TO BE PAID DIRECTLY TO STUDENTS. CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT THIS PROGRAM? (05/15/20)

On March 27, 2020 the federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). The CARES Act includes several sources of funds for institutions of higher education, including a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”) that provides more than $14 billion in emergency funding to higher education. Of those funds, more than $6 billion must go directly to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis (“HEERF Student Share Grant Funds”).

On April 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) published a list of individual institutional allocations, a certification form that must be signed and returned in order to access the funds, and a letter from the ED Secretary outlining ED's implementation of the CARES Act program.

Loyola University of Chicago (the “University”) is included in the list of higher education institutions eligible to apply for the HEERF Student Share Grant Funds. The University submitted the certification form on April 17, 2020.

On April 21, 2020, ED released additional clarification on student eligibility and allowable uses of HEERF Student Share Grant Funds including:

  • Students must meet Title IV eligibility requirements in order to receive HEERF Student Share Grant Funds. These awards are not limited to undergraduate students.

  • HEERF Student Share Grant Funds are to aid students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.

  • Institutions must pay HEERF Student Share Grant Funds directly to students and may not apply the grants toward outstanding institutional charges.

ARE GRADUATE STUDENTS ALSO ELIGIBLE FOR THIS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE UNDER THE CARES ACT? (05/15/20)

Yes, graduate and professional students are eligible as long as they meet the Title IV requirements and certain other criteria for HEERF Student Share Grant Funds as outlined by ED. More information about eligibility criteria is included in the University’s HEERF Student Share Grant Funds policy

HOW WILL LOYOLA DETERMINE WHICH STUDENTS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE HEERF-STUDENT SHARE GRANT FUNDING? (05/15/20)

The University’s HEERF Student Share Grant Funds policy outlines eligibility requirements as well as the process by which students will be able to apply for the grants.

HOW WILL LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO DISTRIBUTE THE HEERF-STUDENT SHARE GRANTS? (05/15/20)

The University has decided to prioritize students with the greatest need, but at the same time establish a maximum funding threshold for each student to ensure that these funds are distributed as widely as possible.

The University’s HEERF Student Share Grant Funds policy outlines the process by which students will be able to apply for the grants and how they will be awarded and paid.

We recognize the importance of these emergency grants to our students and are working diligently to keep you updated regarding the application process and disbursement of funds. Additional information will be posted to LUC.edu/heerf as soon as it is available.