Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting Requirement
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides funding to institutions of higher education in order to deliver emergency funds directly to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis.
On April 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education included Goodwin University in a published list of allocations and provided a certification form that was signed and returned on April 13, 2020, to access the emergency funds.
Goodwin University will receive a total of $1,182,899 for emergency grants to students, based on the allocations list for Section 18004(a)(1) of the Cares Act.
Goodwin University estimates that 2,519 students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and, therefore, eligible to receive an emergency grant.
Federal guidelines require that the emergency funds be distributed based on the criteria listed below:
- Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program
- Must be making satisfactory academic progress for enrolled students
- Cannot owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans to the Department of Education
- Cannot be in default on a Title IV loan
- Must file "as part of the original financial aid application process" a certification that includes
- A statement of educational purpose
- Student's SSN
- Must be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen
- Must not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits; and if so must returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges
- Must have repaid Title IV loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently
- Must have Selective Service registration verified (if student is male)
- Must have Social Security Number verified
- Must not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations
- Students enrolled exclusively in an online program on March 13, 2020, are not eligible for emergency financial aid grants.
As of July 10, 2020, Goodwin University has disbursed $405,030.00 to 861 students. The methodology by which students will be allocated funds is based on their Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) found in their 2019-2020 FAFSA and the amount of credit hours taken for the SPRING 2020 semester. Students who meet this criteria will need to complete the online application by logging into their Sonis account. The forms for the online application may be accessed via the menu on the top left-hand side of the screen. For any additional questions, please contact 860-913-2147.