CARES Act - Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Information

This page was last updated on 10/7/2020 at 2:01 PM.

The Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing applied for CARES Act: Higher Education Relief Funds from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). The total amount received from the DOE was ($82,249). No less than 50% ($41,125)  must be used for Emergency Grants to Students.  These funds are being provided by the federal government to directly support students facing urgent financial needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its disruption of campus operations. All Eligible students have been notified about the availability of the program. 

On April 27, 2020, the School of Nursing signed and returned its certification and agreement with the DOE, providing assurance that the institution will use no less than 50 percent of its total funds for Emergency Grants to students. Federal guidelines require that the School of Nursing disburse the funds to students who are eligible for Title IV financial aid programs. To be eligible for the School of Nursing's first wave of CARES Act funding distribution, students must have been enrolled in the spring 2020 term, completed a survey that indicated that they self-identify having experienced or are experiencing some type of additional expense related to the disruption of campus operations and transition to on-line education as a result of the coronavirus crisis, and they are eligible for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid  (FAFSA) for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

As of 7/31, the School of Nursing provided awards to students who are Title IV eligible, as follows:

  • Sixty-two students enrolled for the spring term 2020 received $664 each.

Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing students interested in receiving this support must “self-certify” that they incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations caused by the COVID-19 crisis. An online certification survey was emailed directly to all second and third year students.

In addition, on July 31, 2020, the students received an additional $100 which consists of $75 nursing skills lab fee refund and $25 activity fee refund. In August, 2020, the School used $10,688.58 for purchase of additional tables and chairs for the classroom in order to promote social distancing and proper sanitizing. This was made available from the School's institutional share of the funds.

This program is supported entirely by federal funds.