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


​The recently signed Coronovirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). The University of Findlay was awarded $2,250,000 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 is eligible for CARES Act 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.​

University of Findlay CARES Act Funding


HEERF Allocation - ​$1,125,000

Estimated Title-IV Eligible Students - 3093


Reporting Dates (Initial 30 day report with 45 day reporting updates)

Total Funds Disbursed

Total Student Recipients





5/20/20

$0
​0
7/4/20

​$1,074,024​2131
8/18/20
$1,080,576
2144



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.