IMPORTANT APPLICATION UPDATE AS OF 11-18-20: SUNY Cobleskill has a limited amount of remaining CARES Act funding available to award to students enrolled in
the Fall 2020 semester. Students who already received a CARES Act check are not eligible to re-apply. Applications can be submitted until December 4, 2020. A 2020-21
FAFSA must be on file. All other eligibility requirements listed below must be met.
The application is now available. Please CLICK HERE TO APPLY.
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.
- SUNY Cobleskill has been awarded $2,747,860 of which $1,373,930 (50%) is designated
for emergency grants for students.
- We have identified 1,706 students with potential eligibility who were enrolled in
the spring semester. These students received an email with the application link when
the application was available. The application requires students to log in with their
Cobleskill network ID.
- A priority deadline to submit applications will be two weeks from the date that the
application is made available, however applications will continue to be accepted on
a rolling basis until all funds are depleted.
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:
- US Citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Met Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements for the Spring 2020 or Fall
- You are currently enrolled in a degree seeking program (part-time or full-time) or
you were matriculated and enrolled during the Spring 2020 or Fall 2020 semester
- Not in default of any federal student loans
- Have an official 2019-20 or 2020-21 FAFSA on file and submitted any additional required
documentation to the Student Financial Services Office
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:
- Course Materials
- Other expenses may be allowed with proper justification
HOW TO APPLY
Students who have potential eligibility will receive an email with a link to the online
application. You can also click here to apply.
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:
- the actual expenses incurred by the student and
- the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated by the FAFSA.
Funds are limited. Priority consideration will be given to students who apply before
the priority deadline and have the greatest financial need.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
- This funding will not have an impact on your current or future financial aid eligibility.
- SUNY Cobleskill will be required to report CARES Act grants in Box 5 of 2020 1098Ts.
- Federal CARES Act emergency grants do not need to be repaid.
- Any additional questions about the CARES Act grant application process at SUNY Cobleskill
should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Required Federal Reporting Data for Student Grants (cumulative):
- 30 day report ending 5/22/2020 – 0 students received grants totaling $0 dollars
- 45 day report ending 7/6/20 - 0 students received grants totaling $0 dollars
- 45 day report ending 8/20/20 – 1279 students received grants totaling $1,242,762
- Quarterly report from 7/1/20 to 9/30/20 – 1287 students received grants totaling $1,257,113
- Quarterly report from 10/1/20 to 12/31/20: 91 students received grants totaling $89,699
- Cumulative total - 1378 students received grants totaling $1,346,812
Required Federal Reporting Data for Institutional Funds: Please CLICK HERE to view quarterly reporting information.