​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Coronovirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Emergency Financial Aid Grant


​UF has received emergency funding through the CARES Act (HEERF I) and the CRRSAA Act (HEERF II) to help support students. Information about these programs are provided below.​


Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) Financial Aid Grant

 

The University of Findlay is awarding funding received from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) established Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II (HEERF II). The University of Findlay was allocated funds to directly support students ​whose lives and educations have been disrupted by COVID-19 pandemic. Direct support to students will be provided as an emergency financial aid grant and can be used for expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. Unlike CARES Act, CRRSAA can also be used to pay an outstanding student account balance.

 

Who was eligible for CRRSAA funding?

 

The CRRSAA defines eligibility criteria that students must meet to receive these funds. To comply with federal regulations, a student must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • UF is your home institution;
  • UF has received a valid 2020-2021 FAFSA application;
  • Domestic student seeking an undergraduate degree from the University of Findlay;
  • Student was taking at least one class at the time of distribution, ​during the Spring 2021 term;​
  • Student displays exceptional financial need based on Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the 2020-2021 FAFSA application.


Awarding Model


​Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
​Award Value Per Eligible Student

​$0 - $1,000
​$2,400​


​​$1,001 - $2,000
​$2,200

​$2,001 - $3,000
​$1,800
​$3,001 - $4,000
​$1,400


​$4,001 - $5,850
​$1,120




 

How will I receive this grant?

If you do not have an unpaid balance, CRRSAA funds will be disbursed to your student account and then refunded to your student ID card (OilerOne Card). If you currently have an unpaid balance, you will be contacted for information as to whether or not you wish to have these funds applied to your student account or refunded to you.

 

How can I spend CRRSAA Act funding?

The purpose of the emergency financial aid grant is to offset costs related to disruptions in instruction. Emergency grant funds can be used for expenses such as:

  • Food,
  • Housing,
  • Course Materials,
  • Technology,
  • Health care,
  • Child care, or
  • Student Account balance


Emergency financial aid grants have been deemed qualified disaster relief payments and are not subject to taxation per the Internal Revenue Code.

 

Why didn't I receive this grant?

The University of Findlay developed a methodology for identifying high-need undergraduate students based on the guidelines provided by the Federal government for allocation of these funds​. As result, fund​s were distributed only to those undergraduate students who met the guildelines listed above.​


​​



CARES Act (HEERF 1)

The University of Findlay was awarded $2,250,866 of funding from HEERF and intends to use no less than 50%, or $1,125,000, to directly support students ​whose lives and educations have been disrupted by COVID-19 pandemic. Direct support to students will be provided as an emergency financial aid grant and can be used for expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.


Who was eligible for CARES Act (HEERF 1) funding?


The CARES Act defines basic eligibility criteria for students must meet to receive these funds. The University of Findlay has developed a methodology for identifying students that eligible for this grant. A student must meet the following criteria to be eligible for CARES Act funds: 
  • UF is your home institution;
  • UF has received a valid 2019-2020 FAFSA application;
  • Domestic student seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree from the University of Findlay;
  • Student was taking at least one in-person class at the time of disruption,​ during the Spring 2020 term.​

CARES Act Funding - Institutional Share Information




CARES Act Funding - Student Share Information


HEERF Allocation - ​$1,125,434

Estimated Title-IV Eligible Students - 3093


Total CARES Act funds disbursed as of:

09/30/2020

12/31/2020
Total Dollar Amounts of CARES Act funds disbursed:$1,081,000$1,250,433
Number of students receiving CARES funding in spring only
​2,131​2,108
Number of students receiving CARES funding in summer only
​13
​13
Number of students receiving CARES funding in spring and fall
​0
​23
Total number of UF students receiving CARES funding
2,144
​2,144



How will I receive this grant?

CARES Act funds will be disbursed to your student account and then refunded to your student ID card (OilerOne Card). These funds are meant for direct student support, which means the University of Findlay will provide the full amount of emergency financial aid grant as a refund to the OilerOne Card whether or not a student has an outstanding balance. 


How can I spend CARES Act funding?

The purpose of the emergency financial aid grant is to offset costs related to disruptions in instruction during the Spring 2020 term. Emergency grant funds can be used for expenses such as:

  • Food,
  • Housing,
  • Course Materials,
  • Technology,
  • Health care, or 
  • Child care

Emergency financial aid grants have been deemed qualified disaster relief payments and are not subject to taxation per the Internal Revenue Code.



Why didn't I receive this grant?

The Department of Education has indicated that international students, students who are not eligible to file the FAFSA application, and students pursuing an exclusively online degree are not eligible for HEERF emergency financial aid grants. 


Through the provision of our many generous donations, the University of Findlay has created the UF Student Emergency Fund. These institutional funds, although limited, are provided to any UF students able to demonstrate need due to COVID-19 impacts. Students who want to be considered for these funds will need to complete the UF Student Emergency Fund application


CARES Reporting

The University of Findlay, as a HEERF recipient, is required to disclose information regarding HEERF funding. This disclosure must be initially posted by 30 days of signing the Certification of Agreement and updated every 45 days later. The disclosure must include: the methodology used to determine grant amounts provided to students; the total allocation provided to UF for emergency financial aid grants; the total amount distributed to students as of the reporting dates described above. The University of Findlay signed the Certification of Agreement on 4/20/2020. Disbursement disclosures will be provided for 5/20/20 and updated at least every 45 days thereafter. Due to wide spread impact of COVID in the State of Ohio students identified as eligible to receive the funds will receive an equivalent amount of funding. The total allocation and amounts disbursed to students are shown in the table above. ​