Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Emergency Relief Grant | Benedictine College

CARES Act, Emergency Relief Grant

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Summary

Benedictine College received $710,248 to distribute to students in direct cash grants for reimbursement of expenses incurred by the campus closure. We created two methods to distribute the money. The largest portion ($610,000) will be issued through a general distribution which started on May 12, 2020. This pool will be distributed to nearly 1,100 students in increments of $1,000, $600, $400 and $125 based on their level of financial need. No action is required on the part of the student for this first distribution. The remaining portion ($100,000) will be available for students to apply for reimbursement. The application for the second portion opened on Friday, May 15, 2020. The application for this pool is closed as all funds have been distributed.

Below you will find a series of Frequently Asked Questions designed to help you understand our plan to distribute the Emergency Relief Grant.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I have heard about the Emergency Relief Grant that is included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Is Benedictine participating in this program?

    Yes, Benedictine did secure funds that will go directly to students as direct cash grants.

  • How much money did Benedictine receive in the Emergency Relief Grant?

    Benedictine College received $710,248.00 to distribute to students as direct cash grants.

  • What is the purpose of the grant?

    The sole intent of these resources is to reimburse students for food, housing, technology, health care, and child-care expenses caused by the campus disruption. These are the only federally approved expenses.

  • Are all students eligible for this grant?

    No, not all students are eligible for this grant. Only students eligible to receive Title IV Federal Financial Aid may receive funding. Generally, U.S. citizens are eligible and international students are ineligible.

  • Will every eligible student receive this grant?

    No, we prioritized students with the greatest demonstrated financial need.

  • How do eligible students secure these funds?

    We will issue the funds through two methods. The largest portion ($610,000) will be issued through a general distribution which started on May 12, 2020. The students receiving the general distribution do not need to take any action. These funds will be sent to them automatically.

    The second pool ($100,000) were issued through a selective application process beginning on May 15, 2020. The application for this pool is closed as all funds have been distributed.

  • How many students will receive funds from the general distribution?

    Nearly 1,100 students will receive funding from the general distribution. Based upon the number of eligible students (defined above), over 80% of those eligible will receive funds.

  • How did you decide who will receive funding from the general distribution?

    We developed criteria to identify students with the highest levels of financial need. A brief description of the criteria is below.

    • General Distribution Criteria:

      Criteria One: Verified Title IV eligible undergraduate students.

      Criteria Two: Expected family contribution (EFC) is at or below the cost of attendance (COA), which is set at $46,000.

      All students who meet the criteria will receive funds. The amount they receive will vary based on their level of unmet need. Those with no need but have an EFC below COA will receive a standard amount.

    • Unmet Need Tiers:

      • Tier One ($14,000+ of unmet need): $1,000

        Second Tier ($13,999 to $8,000 of unmet need): $600

        Third Tier ($7,999 to $1 of unmet need): $400

    • No need but EFC is at or below COA:

      Standard amount of $125 per student.

  • Why would a student be ineligible for the General Distribution?

    There are three key reasons.

    1. The first is that they must be Title IV eligible. This is a program only available to Title IV eligible students. The primary tool for determining Title IV eligibility is filing the FAFSA. Most international and non-citizens do not have access to federal financial aid programs.

    2. The second reason is that the student did not file a FAFSA. Without a current FAFSA on file, we have no method to determine their Title IV eligibility.

    3. The third reason is that their EFC is above the established cost of attendance.

  • Is this a loan?

    No, this is a direct cash grant that will not require repayment.

  • How can a student use this money?

    It is up to the student to decide how to use the money.

  • Do students have to submit receipts to show how they used this money?

    No, they do not need to submit receipts. This is a direct cash grant so they can decide how to best use this money.

  • Can Benedictine simply apply this as a credit toward a student’s billing account?

    No. Due to federal regulations, we are unable to apply the funds directly to a student billing account to address an outstanding balance or as a credit toward fall 2020. However, students may submit a payment to their account with these funds to resolve an existing balance or as a credit toward fall 2020.

  • If a student did not receive funding through the general distribution, are they eligible to apply for the Emergency Relief Grant?

    All full and part-time, undergraduate and graduate students who are eligible to apply for federal financial aid are eligible to apply for the Emergency Relief Grant.

  • If a student did receive funding through the general distribution, are they eligible to apply for more support from the Emergency Relief Grant?

    Yes, students who receive funding from the general distribution may apply for additional support.

  • When do students apply for the Emergency Relief Grant?

    The application is closed as all funds have been distributed.

  • If a student applies, are they guaranteed to receive the grant?

    No, this program has limited funding and we cannot assure that all applicants will be approved.

  • What are allowable expenses that a student can submit?

    The sole intent is to reimburse those who have incurred expenses for food, housing, technology, health care, and childcare caused by the campus disruption. We are unable to use these funds to offset lost income due to personal changes in employment or within your home.

  • How much should a student request?

    We ask students to estimate their expenses in good faith for their added expenses for food, housing, technology, health care and childcare caused by the campus disruption.

    Although there is not a maximum a student may request, we believe the approved amounts will range from $250-$500.

  • Do students have to submit receipts of these expenses?

    No, students do not need to submit receipts for these expenses.

  • How will students know if their application is approved or denied?

    We will alert students via their Benedictine email account of the approval or denial. Please allow seven business days for processing each application, as we do anticipate a high volume.

  • If an application is approved, when will they receive the grant?

    We anticipate issuing the direct cash grant within seven days of approval. Reimbursements will be issued through an electronic refund if they have a bank account for direct deposit through the RavenZone > View and Pay Account. Otherwise, we will send a check to the permanent address.

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