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Updates on Fall 2020 // CARES Act Information // Daily Check-In

CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds

The application is now available. Please CLICK HERE TO APPLY if you were enrolled at SUNY Cobleskill during Spring 2020.

 

CARES act

 

The Federal Government has established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under the CARES Act which was signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020. This fund will allow SUNY Cobleskill to provide emergency grants to students experiencing financial hardship specifically due to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. SUNY Cobleskill has completed the Certification and Agreement for this funding with the assurance that we will use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency grants for students. Here are some facts regarding this funding.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Student must be eligible to receive Title IV (federal) financial aid in order to be approved for a federal Cares Act grant. If you were awarded and declined Direct Stafford Loans you are still Title IV eligible.

Title IV Eligibility includes:

Students must have incurred expenses specifically due to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding must be utilized for the expenses that are requested. Allowable expenses may include:

 

HOW TO APPLY

Students who have potential eligibility will receive an email with a link to the online application once our application is approved by SUNY System Administration and funding is available to us. The application link will also be located on the Student Financial Services Web Page.  

 

DETERMINATION OF AWARDS

Once a student has been determined eligible for a CARES Act emergency grant, a committee will make an award determination that is based on:

  1. the actual expenses incurred by the student and
  2. the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated by the FAFSA.

Priority consideration will be given to students who apply before the priority deadline and have the greatest financial need. As of August 13, 2020,  $1,208,112.50 dollars have been awarded to 1,238 students. 

 

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