CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting — Institutional Portion
View St. Catherine University's quarterly budget and expenditure reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion and 18004(a)(2).
CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting — Emergency Grants to Students
In accordance with Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act “CARES Act” St. Catherine University provides the following information describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Reef Fund (“HEERF”).
1. St. Catherine University has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for emergency grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).
2. St. Catherine University received $1,322,523 for emergency grants for students.
3. St. Catherine University enrolled 4,219 students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and approximately 2,500 HEERF eligible students at St. Catherine University.
4. St. Catherine University has distributed $658,500 to 878 students as of May 14, 2020. St. Catherine University has distributed $1,143,000 to 1,410 students as of June 15, 2020. St. Catherine University has distributed $1,310,743 to 1,550 students as of July 15, 2020. St. Catherine University has distributed $1,322,523 to 1,550 students as of July 30, 2020 which fully expends the HEERF Student Emergency Grant funding.
5. St. Catherine University convened a staff work group to evaluate options, engaged with students in each college to gather input, and agreed to provide grants to three groups of students: 1. Federal Pell Grant recipients, 2. students with clinical and fieldwork disruptions, and 3. students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 following individual review. Eligible students were identified based on student record data including program of study, enrollment, academic progress, and student data from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students enrolled in online programs and those ineligible for federal Title IV aid were excluded.
Fifty percent of total funds were distributed to Federal Pell Grant recipients to support our neediest students who are most vulnerable and most needing financial assistance for grants to help with expenses related to the disruption of campus expenses due to COVID-19, and in recognition that 75% of the University’s HEERF allocation was determined based on enrollment of Federal Pell Grant recipients. The $750 grant amount was determined based on the total amount of funds available and number of Pell recipients.
A roster of CARES eligible students who were enrolled in programs of study with clinical and fieldwork courses was developed and reviewed to identify students most impacted and incurring expenses caused by the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. The $750 grant amounts were determined based on the total available funds, number of students, and intent to help those experiencing the most disruption, expense, and need for emergency grant assistance.
Approximately $180,000 will be awarded in variable amounts to students based on an individual review. The University created an online form and has a team that includes student affairs and financial aid staff to confirm eligibility and determination of amounts.
6. The University issued a Community Update on April 17 that included notification of St. Catherine University’s allocation, the restriction and intention of the University to distribute half of the funds as direct emergency grants for students. A detailed Frequently Asked Questions was developed and posted to this website.
The University emailed to all community members on May 15 details about the distribution of the CARES Act HEERF student emergency grants.
The CARES student emergency grant is recorded as a pass-through transaction on the student account for each grant recipient.
A link to CARES information is provide on the home page of the University where record of communications and updates are posted.