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CARES Act - Student Emergency Financial Aid Grants

Eligibility and Federal Reporting Requirements

Federal Reporting Requirements

The following information is provided based on guidance from the Department of Education Electronic Announcement, dated May 6, 2020.  This applies to Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) fund only.

 

  • The Certification and Agreement form was signed by President White on May 14, 2020. Austin Peay State University intends to use the mandated amount of at least 50% of the funding provided by the CARES Act for emergency financial aid grants to students. Eligibility is based on guidance provided by the Department of Education*.

  • Austin Peay was allocated $4,843,933 in HEERF funding.

  • Distribution information based on Department of Education’s required reporting dates. The first reporting date is 30 days after receipt of the funds and then every 45-days thereafter.  Our 30-day reporting date is May 24, 2020, which is the date we received the funds.

    • Our 30 day distribution was $4,843,933 to approximately 5,989 students.

  • Austin Peay estimates 6,000 of our students will be eligible to receive HEERF. Eligibility is based on Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

  • The number of students who have received HEERF funds.

    • 5,989 estimate based on first distribution date of May 13, 2020

  • HEERF funds will be distributed as follows:

    • Category I* – Pell Grant Recipients with valid FAFSA

      • Allocation 60%

      • Full Spring, Spring II and Part of Term B

      • Approximate payment per student is $912

    • Category II* -- Non-Pell Grant Recipients with valid FAFSA

      • Allocation 37.5%

      • Approximate payment per student is $685

    • Category III – Funding Reserved for Future Eligible Students

      • Allocation 2.5%

      • Approximate payment per student may vary

    • Students were sent individual emails with information that included these funds are for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.

All funding for emergency financial aid grants has been distributed.  There have been no distribution changes since the May 24, 2020 30-Day Report and Disclosure. 

All funding for emergency financial aid grants has been distributed.  There have been no distribution changes since the May 24, 2020 30-Day Report and Disclosure. 

All funding for emergency financial aid grants has been distributed.  There have been no distribution changes since the May 24, 2020 30-Day Report and Disclosure. The date has been modified to quarterly.

All funding for emergency financial aid grants has been distributed.  There have been no distribution changes since the May 24, 2020 30-Day Report and Disclosure. The date has been modified to quarterly.
 
 
 

Announcement from Provost to Students

Dear Austin Peay Students:

 

Congress recently approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provided funds to colleges and universities for emergency student grants. The CARES Act made two types of funding available to the university. 

 

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) specifies the funds are to be awarded to students for the sole and exclusive purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants to eligible students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care expenses. Documentation of these expenses will not be required.

 

The Department of Education guidelines for distribution of HEERF state only undergraduate and graduate students who are eligible to receive Federal Title IV aid can be awarded these emergency funds. This means students must have a valid 2019-20 FAFSA on file with APSU or be eligible to file a FAFSA. Federal guidance further clarifies HEERF may not be distributed to international, DACA or undocumented students or to any student who was exclusively taking online courses prior to March 13, 2020.

 

Austin Peay will provide funds to all eligible students. The University will prioritize distribution of HEERF to our Pell Grant-eligible students while also providing funding to non-Pell Grant-eligible students who qualify.

 

The second type of funding is called a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG). The Department of Education has relaxed some of the usual restrictions on FSEOG funds in order to provide emergency funds to a broader base of students. The FSEOG has the same guidelines as HEERF, except students who were exclusively taking online courses prior to March 13, 2020, may receive these emergency funds. 

 

Austin Peay will begin distributing FSEOG funds on May 8. Distribution of the HEERF funds will occur during the week of May 11. An email will be sent to your Austin Peay email account with specific information. In addition, details will be available on our COVID-19 site at www.apsu.edu/coronavirus.

 

We are reserving additional funds for students who may meet Federal Title IV eligibility requirements, but who have not already filed a valid FAFSA. We are awaiting further guidance from the Department of Education about options for students to meet requirements if the student does not currently have a valid FAFSA on file. 

 

We are working to get these funds to you as quickly as possible.

 

Rex Gandy

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Austin Peay State University
(May 7, 2020)

 

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF)

Category I – 60% of Total Allocation

 

Category II – 37.5% of Total Allocation

 

Category III – 2.5% of Total Allocation

 

Emergency Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

 


 

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund - Institutional Portion Reporting Parameters 18004(a)(1)


HEERF Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting - as of September 30, 2020

HEERF Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting - as of December 31, 2020

HEERF Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting - as of March 31, 2021

Name of Entity Receiving Award

The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund – Institutional Portion

Funding Agency

CFDA Number

Location and place of performance

DUNS number

Use of funds provided to the institution - information updated through March 31, 2021.

$1,487,897 Spring 2020 Housing Refunds
$430,915 Spring 2020 Meal Plan Refunds
$625,413 Student Wages spring - April and May 2020.  Students unable to work as campus was operating remotely.
$10,272 Additional Student Emergency Grants
$414,543 PPE
$183,753 Laptop computers for Student check-out program
$36,129 Temporary employee wages for COVID-19 Testing Center

 

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund - Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) Reporting Parameters 18004(a)(2)

Name of Entity Receiving Award

The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund – Institutional Portion

Funding Agency

CFDA Number

Location and place of performance

DUNS number

Use of funds provided to the institution - information updated through September 30, 2020.