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Distribution of Funds to Eligible Students

Curry College has been awarded $967,207 as part of the U.S. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, for funding to be used for direct emergency financial assistance (grants which do not require repayment) to eligible students to cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.

Curry College, as of May 28, 2020 has finalized the awards to students.   All grants have been awarded in accordance with the CARES Act and all other applicable laws, including nondiscrimination laws.

In addition to the allocation for emergency funding for students, Curry College is receiving equivalent funding to offset institutional costs for moving to remote operations incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public Information Required by the CARES Act

Posted: 5/29/2020
Updated: 7/10/20
Updated: 8/20/20
Updated: 9/28/20
Updated: 10/26/20

Curry College, like all colleges and universities, is required, as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to publish specific data about the emergency funding for students.

  1. Curry College signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education, the required Certification and Agreement. The Agreement assures that the College has used, or 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 directly to students.

  2. The total amount of funds that Curry College will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students: $967,207.

  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to Curry College students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter): $967,207. The total allocation from the Department of Education to Curry College has been awarded and all eligible students have been notified via e-mail of their award. The College has distributed all funds via checks payable directly to the students and mailed on June 24, 2020 to their current mailing address.

  4. The estimated total number of Curry University students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and as a result, potentially eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act: 1,749.

  5. The method(s) used by Curry College to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:

    1. Curry College directly contacted all eligible students at their Curry email address indicating the availability of the funding and providing a Request for Funding Form. Students were initially provided a 10 day priority deadline to apply which was then extended an extra day through 11:59 pm. Forms were to be submitted solely from the student’s Curry email to authenticate the requestor.

    2. Each Form collected the type and amount of expenses and was placed in to review for consideration by the Curry College CARES Act Committee.

    3. Awards have been funded with consideration given to the allocation available with a maximum of $6,195 as the cap as suggested by the Department of Education. Student requests were considered as well as an allocation to all eligible students.

    4. Any instructions, directions, or guidance Curry College provided to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants: Eligible students were sent notices, instructions and a Request for Funding Form notifying them of the award at their Curry email address. Additionally, reminder emails were sent every 2 days to the student’s Curry email address encouraging submission The cover e=mail and the Form requests their current mailing address and explains that checks will be issued to that address if the student is selected as a recipient of the emergency funds. Additionally, the College posted an FAQ document on its website under COVID-19 and the Financial Aid web pages.

HEERF – Institutional Portion Reporting

Updated: 10/20/20

Institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the CARES Act are required to submit a report to the Secretary of Education describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

This page provides public information about Curry College’s participation in the CARES Act and use of the institution’s HEERF Institutional Portion (P425F202739). This information will be updated no later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter, with the first reporting quarter as 9/30/20. If the report is marked final, no further reporting is required.

Curry College signed and returned the Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund under the CARES Act to the Department of Education on May 4, 2020. These funds were awarded to the College on May 11, 2020. The College was allocated a total of $967,207 under Section 18004(a)(1). Pursuant to the Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion states that the total institutional portion may be used to cover institutional costs associated with COVID-19.

As of June 16, 2020 the College has drawn down funding from the HEERF Institutional Portion, exercising a total of $967,207 in providing room and board refunds to students as a result of the campus moving to remote learning in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CARES Act FAQ

What is the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund and how does it apply to students?

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-IHE/Student Aid provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet due to a disruption in campus-based services and learning.

Can a parent apply for an emergency grant on the student’s behalf?

Only the student can submit a Funding Request Form.

If a student receives funding, does the funding need to be repaid?

No, funds awarded under this emergency program do not require repayment.

What expenses are eligible for emergency assistance?

The funds are to be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations and learning due to coronavirus and eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare.

What expenses are ineligible for emergency assistance?

Some expenses including tuition charges and unresolved balances on your student account are not eligible for funding from the CARES Act. Also, funds may not be requested for either a family’s or student’s loss of income.

Which students are eligible to apply for funding?

Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency grants.

  • You have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and you meet all the eligibility requirements necessary for consideration of federal financial aid.
  • You are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • You are currently enrolled at Curry College.
  • You were not enrolled in a remote learning program prior to the Curry campus closure on March 13, 2020.
  • You were enrolled in courses that moved from face-to-face or hybrid format to fully on-line when classes resumed on March 23, 2020.

How do I apply for emergency funds?

A Funding Request Form with instructions for completion was sent to eligible students at their Curry e-mail address. If you believe you are eligible and did not receive a Request Form, please the Curry College CARES Act Committee at caresgrant@curry.edu.

How will I receive my funds if awarded a grant?

If you are awarded funds from this grant, a check will be mailed to you from the College to the address indicated on your Funding Request Form, via U.S. mail. We will process awards as rapidly as possible in the coming weeks, but please note that we do not have a specific timeline for processing or mailing.

Can a student submit multiple applications for different expenses?

All expenses should be listed on a single Funding Request Form.

Can a student request funds for anticipated expenses in the future?

Expenses must have been incurred due to the closing of the campus. For example, if you signed a lease for rental of an apartment, but have relocated home due to the crisis, you have incurred that expense for x number of months remaining in your lease. Therefore, you can request funding for the debt incurred.

Can the emergency grant funds be applied to a student’s current outstanding student balance?

No, the federal government will not allow application of the emergency funds to a student account.

If the student provides written permission to the College to retain the emergency grant funds can you apply them to my current balance or hold them for next semester’s tuition?

No, the federal government will not allow application of the emergency funds to a student account.

Who should a student contact with questions?

Questions should be sent to caresgrant@curry.edu.