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CARES Act

Marist College has received $3,344,611, of which $1,672,306 is designated for emergency grants to students. Remaining funds will offset institutional expenses related to the COVID pandemic, including pro-rated student refunds.

Marist recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused considerable disruption and presents unparalleled challenges for many students and their families. In accordance with the Department of Education guidelines, the College will provide COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grants to students who meet the eligibility criteria in Section 484 of the Title IV Higher Education Act, and as outlined below.

Initial Round of Funding:

Emergency Relief Grants were offered to more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students who met the following criteria:

  • Meet Title IV Federal Financial Aid eligibility requirements
  • Enrolled in a degree seeking on-ground undergraduate or graduate program in Spring 2020
  • Filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA form or Received Chapter 33 benefits as a Veteran or ROTC student

Emergency Relief Grants will be awarded to more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students based on financial need, as measured by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the 2019-20 FAFSA:

Expected Family Contribution Range

$0 - $5,576

greater than $5,576

CARES Act Grant Amount

$625

$325

Grant distribution will begin the week of May 25, 2020 with an acceptance deadline of June 26, 2020. After this date, students may request assistance which will be reviewed on an individual basis, and approved as funds allow. Eligible students received emails from Student Financial Services on May 26, 2020 and June 18, 2020 instructing them to log into myMarist to certify that they incurred expenses due to COVID-19. After certification, funds will be electronically deposited into students’ bank accounts if enrolled in e-refund. If not enrolled, a check will be mailed to the student’s permanent address on file.

Second Round of Funding:

Based on New York State’s current travel advisory, students from “restricted” locations are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to New York. Marist has arranged for the option for students to quarantine in Dutchess Community College’s Conklin Hall.  The expected cost to quarantine in Conklin Hall is $100/week for housing and $39/day for food.

Marist will disburse CARES Grant funds to eligible students in the amount of $500 to assist with quarantine in Conklin Hall related costs as mentioned above. In order to qualify, students must meet the following conditions:

  • If they have not already done so, submit a 2020-2021 FAFSA by September 1, 2020.
  • Complete outstanding financial aid requirements on the Student Financial Services tab of myMarist (including providing proof of citizenship and selective service registration, if required)
  • Enroll and attend on-ground courses in the Fall 2020 academic semester that will lead to a degree through the established course change (add/drop) period
  • Meet all other Title IV Federal Financial aid eligibility requirements

At the end of the add/drop period for Fall 2020, eligible students will automatically receive a check or e-refund (if enrolled) to reimburse expenses related to quarantine.

Additional support may be available to students with extenuating circumstances, and who do not meet the criteria outlined above. For further guidance, please contact Student Financial Services at 845-575-3230 or studentfinancialservices@marist.edu.  

Update:

As of 7/2/2020, the total Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is $1,172,575.

As of 7/2/2020, the total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 2,795.