CARES Act

CRRSAA: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) Grants

Spring 2021

Marist College has received $5,195,563 in supplemental emergency grant funding under The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) which is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA). Under CRRSAA, remaining student emergency funding under the CARES Act and $1,672,306 of the new allocation under CRRSAA will be distributed to assist students with any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care or child care.

In accordance with Department of Education guidelines, the College will provide HEERF Grants to over 3,400 students who met the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate program for Spring 2021 by February 24, 2021
  • Submitted a valid 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 24, 2021
  • Submitted proof of US citizenship, if requested (via the Student Financial Services tab of myMarist)
  • Demonstrate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $75,000 or less from the 2020-2021 FAFSA

Priority has been given to students who demonstrate the greatest financial need, as measured by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the 2020-21 FAFSA:

Expected Family Contribution Range HEERF Grant Amount
$0 - $5,711 $800
$5,712 - $25,000 $500
$25,001 - $50,000 $350
$50,001 - $75,000 $250

 

Eligible students will receive an email notification the week of March 2nd providing instructions on selecting the option to credit their student account or request a refund. If no option is selected by March 19th, eligible students will automatically receive a direct refund via e-refund (if enrolled) or check.

Remaining HEERF funds are earmarked to assist students required to quarantine on campus or at Conklin Hall before the start of the Spring 2021 term. Priority will be given to students demonstrating the greatest financial need.

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.  

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided emergency funds to institutions of higher education to directly support students whose lives were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This federal funding was designed to prioritize students with the greatest need and assist with “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.” 

Marist College received $3,344,611, of which $1,672,306 was designated for emergency grants to students. Remaining funds 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 provided COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grants to students who met the eligibility criteria in Section 484 of the Title IV Higher Education Act, and as outlined below.

Initial Round of Funding: Spring 2020

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

  • Met 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 were 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 began the week of May 25, 2020 with an acceptance deadline of June 26, 2020. After this date, students could request assistance which was reviewed on an individual basis, and approved as funds allowed. 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 were electronically deposited into students’ bank accounts if enrolled in e-refund. If not enrolled, a check was mailed to the student’s permanent address on file.

Second Round of Funding: Fall 2020

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

Marist disbursed CARES Grant funds to eligible students to reimburse the full amount of room/board charges assessed for quarantine in Conklin Hall. In order to qualify, students were required to meet the following conditions:

  • 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 automatically received 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.  

Reporting Update 1: 7/7/20

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.

Reporting Update 2: 8/20/20

As of 8/19/2020, the total Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is $1,226,900.

As of 8/19/2020, 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 2,931.

Quarterly Reporting Update: 9/30/20

As of 9/30/2020, the total Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is $1,239,750.

As of 9/30/2020, 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 2,965.

The Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Section 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion can be found here.

Quarterly Reporting Update: 12/31/20

As of 12/31/2020, the total Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is $1,438,354.

As of 12/31/2020, 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 3,341.

The Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Section 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion can be found here.

Quarterly Reporting Update: 3/31/21

As of 3/31/2021, the total Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Cares Act is $1,672,306. Of that total, $211,678 was distributed under the eligibility provided under CRRSAA, outlined above. Emergency Financial Aid distributed under Section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) is $939,323.

As of 3/31/2021, 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 3,476. The total number of students who have received funds under CRRSAA is 1,765.

The Final Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Section 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion can be found here and the Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CRRSAA can be found here.

Quarterly Reporting Update: 6/30/21

During the quarter ending 6/30/21, Emergency Financial Aid Grants of $732,483 were distributed to 1,495 students under Section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA).

The Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CRRSAA, Institutional Portion, for the quarter ending 6/30/21, can be found here.