COVID-19 Financial Assistance for Students
On April 13, 2020 Adelphi University signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
The University will use no less than 50 percent of the funds it will receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students. The University has received $2,623,483 from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) which will be used to make such emergency grants to students.
There are approximately 4,860 students at the University who are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore are eligible to apply for this emergency financial aid grant.
Applying for Assistance
Students who wished to apply for the HEERF grant were able do so by completing the Student Emergency Support Application that was available until July 24, 2020.
A committee consisting of representatives from campus offices including, but not limited to, financial aid, finance, faculty, advancement, and student affairs was created to review applications and calculate the amount of each grant.
The committee began reviewing requests for CARES emergency funding on May 15, 2020. Students selected to receive housing and food allocations were eligible to receive an additional 25% on top of the amount requested for housing and food to provide for an additional week of expenses.
The committee will manually review each application based on a first come, first serve basis, and grants will be awarded based on the following criteria:
- Date of submission of the application
- Dollars requested for eligible expenses
- Confirmation of Title IV eligibility
- Confirmation that students were not enrolled exclusively online prior to the disruption
- Enrollment status
The committee, as a whole, reviewed and approved or disapproved each application, reviewed the amounts requested by students and awarded grants based on ranges that were established for eligible expenses.
As of September 4, 2020, $ $2,278,650 in HEERF grants have been distributed to 1,984 students from the University.
After the committee completed its review of all Student Emergency Support Applications, the process of awarding the remaining HEERF Student funds as blanket grants to the University’s eligible Pell recipients and high-need graduate students who certified that they incurred eligible expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus commenced.
Grants will be awarded until funds are exhausted.