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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.




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.



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:



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. 



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.





Required Federal Reporting Data for Student Grants: For the September 30, 2020 quarterly reporting period, $1,257,112.50 dollars have been awarded to 1,284 students. The amount awarded since the previous reporting date of August 31, 2020 was $9,850 to 5 students. 

Required Federal Reporting Data for Institutional Funds: Please CLICK HERE to view quarterly reporting information.