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Cabrini's CARES Act Funding

On March 27, 2020, the President signed and Congress approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, providing emergency relief funds to organizations and individuals impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

As part of this $2 trillion stimulus package, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund has allocated approximately $14 billion to colleges with the purpose of providing financial relief directly to students with demonstrated need whose lives have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.

Acknowledgement of Funding and Certification
Cabrini University returned to the U.S. Department of Education (DoE) a signed Certification and Agreement for the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for Student Aid on April 17, 2020, a signed Certification and Agreement for the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for Institutional Aid on April 30, 2020, and a signed Certificate and Agreement for the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for the Strengthening Institutions Program on May 29, 2020, acknowledging that no less than 50 percent of the institution’s total awarded funding will go directly to students as emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. 

Awarded Funds
Cabrini University will receive $1,002,593 for CARES ACT Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for Student Aid, which will go directly to students as emergency financial aid grants, as per the DoE’s guidelines. 

According to DoE guidelines on eligibility, an estimated 1,302 of Cabrini University students are eligible to receive the emergency financial aid funding.

As of July 1, $907,050 has been distributed to 1,270 students. The institution has reserved approximately 10 percent, or $95,143, to be distributed within the one-year DoE-imposed timeline to those students who meet the eligibility criteria and who demonstrate additional hardship and/or exceptional circumstances. The process for applying for this additional funding closed June 30; that funding will be determined and distributed by July 15. 

Eligibility, Methodology, and Delivery
It is always the goal of the institution to support our students in any way possible, and Cabrini has worked diligently to ensure that all students who are eligible receive funding, in adherence to the mandates provided by the DoE.

To be eligible to receive CARES Act emergency aid funding, students must be eligible for Federal Title IV aid and be registered in a bachelor’s or master’s program that was not completely online prior to March 13, 2020. Students enrolled in a doctoral program that was not completely online prior to March 13, 2020, are eligible to apply for the CARES funding reserved by Cabrini.

The DoE has prohibited awards to international students, undocumented students, non-matriculated students, or students enrolled in distance-only degree programs.

Cabrini University students enrolled in bachelor’s and master’s degree programs who had an official FAFSA on file for the 2019-2020 aid year and were not enrolled in all online spring classes prior to March 13, 2020, were automatically awarded funding, based on guidance from the DoE and Cabrini University. Students may fall into more than one of the following categories.

  • Undergraduate students registered in at least 6 credits for the spring 2020 semester on March 13, 2020 ($300)
  • Students living in University housing on March 13, 2020 ($125)
  • Federal Pell Grant-eligible students as of March 13, 2020 ($800)
  • Graduate students registered in at least 6 credits for the spring 2020 semester on March 13, 2020 ($150)

These funds are to be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

Students were informed via email that they would receive this funding prior to the direct deposit appearing in their bank accounts. All students also received an email from Cabrini President Donald B. Taylor, PhD, indicating a timeline for when eligible students could expect to receive these funds (via direct deposit and mail) and directing students to a posted CARES funding FAQs.

The institution has established the process for applying for the reserved funds for those who meet the eligibility requirements and are doctoral students or who demonstrate additional hardship and/or exceptional circumstances. The link to the application was emailed directly to students, and the application closed on June 30, 2020. Students who did not recive the link to the application were encouraged to reach out to CARES@cabrini.edu with your name and Cabrini ID number.

The additional funding will be distributed by July 15. 

Last updated July 7, 2020

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