CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

We know that our George Fox student community faces unprecedented challenges during the transition to online learning due to COVID-19. That is why we have set up academic, spiritual and financial resources to help students through various aspects of this season.

In addition to meeting immediate needs with our Student Emergency Fund, George Fox is distributing funds to eligible students from the government through the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Common questions about the CARES Act Grant funds can be found on our CARES Act Grant FAQ.

The Department of Education requires all colleges and universities distributing HEERF funds to provide access to the following information, which will be updated every 45 days. This information is current as of July 27, 2020.

Fund Information

Certification 

George Fox University acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement. We intend to use more than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Total Funds Received 

The total amount of funds that George Fox University will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $1,294,888.

Total Amount Distributed

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 27th is $897,750.

Estimated Eligible Students 

The estimated total number of students at George Fox University eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 2,284.

Total Number of Students Receiving Funds

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 1,937.

Method of Determining Fund Disbursement

The following methods were used by George Fox University to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Eligibility Determination

Because students are required to be Title IV eligible, they must have or submit a valid 2019-20 or 2020-21 FAFSA confirming eligibiity. Per Department of Education guidance, Spring 2020 graduated students are no longer Title IV eligible and therefore ineligible to receive CARES Act funding.

Full time Title IV eligible students must also meet one of the following requirements:

  • The student was required to move out of on-campus housing.

        OR

  • The student certified that they incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. 

Fund Amount Determination

Students receive between $250 and $1,000 based on an index prioritizing financial need, Estimated Family Contribution as determined by the FAFSA and full-time enrollment. 

How Students Were Instructed

George Fox University provided the following instructions to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

 

Traditional Undergraduate Students

Students were emailed, texted, encouraged by phone, and notified through The Daily Bruin a survey by the student life office which included the following question to allow students to self-certify that they incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus: Have you had to pay any costs associated with the disruption of your education because of the COVID-19 pandemic? (This can include but is not limited to costs associated with travel, food, housing, technology, supplies, books, educational tools, course materials, moving, storage, health care, child-care, and living expenses.)

Students who did not fill out the form were sent a follow-up email and text message from the financial aid office encouraging the student to fill out the survey because it would help determine eligibility for CARES Act Grant funds.

After the survey closed on May 15, 2020, the COVID-19 expense survey was made available for students seeking to self-certify.

Graduate and Adult Degree-Seeking Students

Full-time students were sent the COVID-19 expense survey asking to self-certify if they had incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

Eligible Students

Full-time students will be mailed or emailed a letter detailing their award amount and how they would receive the CARES Act Grant funds.

Ineligible Students

Students who completed a survey and it was determined they were not eligible will be emailed to let them know they were not eligible for CARES Act Grant funds.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund and sent money to schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.
The CARES Act Grant is the aid the university received from the CARES Act passed by Congress. The CARES Act is intended to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care). On April 9, 2020, the Department published documents related to the Emergency Financial Aid Grants, including a letter from Secretary Betsy DeVos, a form Certification and Agreement for signing and returning by institutions to access the funds, and a list of institutional allocations under 18004(a)(1).

The university will begin awarding eligible students CARES Act Grant during the last week of May, 2020. The university will continue to evaluate and award students CARES Act Grants until the funding is depleted. 

Eligibility requires two things:

  1. Students who enrolled full time and Title IV eligible. George Fox will use the FAFSA to determine who is eligible. Per Department of Education guidance, spring 2020 graduated students are no longer Title IV eligible and therefore ineligible to receive CARES Act HEERF funding.
  2. Students who have experienced expenses due to disruption of campus operations. Expenses include but are not limited to: travel, food, housing, technology, supplies, books, educational tools, course materials, moving, storage, health care, child care and living expenses.

*Note: Per the CARES Act and guidance from the Department of Education, loss of income is not a qualifying factor in receiving this grant.

Under U.S. Department of Education rules for the program, these funds can be awarded to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students pursuing degree programs. Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Education does not allow these funds to be used for international students, undocumented students, non-matriculated students or students enrolled in distance-only degree programs.

The following methods were used by George Fox University to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Eligibility Determination

Because students are required to be Title IV eligible, they must have or submit a valid 2019-20 or 2020-21 FAFSA confirming eligibility. Per Department of Education guidance, spring 2020 graduated students are no longer Title IV eligible and therefore ineligible to receive CARES Act funding.

Title IV-eligible students must also meet one of the following requirements:

  • The student was required to move out of on-campus housing. Or ...
  • The student certified that they incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. 

Fund Amount Determination

Students receive between $250 and $1,000 based on an index prioritizing financial need, estimated family contribution as determined by the FAFSA, and full-time enrollment.

This summer, we will continue evaluating student needs related to the disruption of on-campus education for spring of 2020, and may distribute additional federal emergency aid in August to continuing students if funds remain available.

Any funds allocated to you will be added to your awards package as a CARES grant and will be distributed with your financial aid at the start of the 2020 fall semester. The money will be direct deposited or sent to your mailing address as long as you are enrolled full time. This can also be used at your discretion for things like room and board or rent, textbooks or anything else that will be helpful to you in your educational journey.

Students may have not received the CARES Act Grant for the following reasons:

  • The student was enrolled less than full time for spring 2020.
  • The student did not self-certify they had expenses due to disruption of campus operations.
  • The student was not Title IV eligible or has not filed either a 2019-20 or 2020-21 FAFSA.
  • The student graduated in spring of 2020 and is therefore no longer Title IV eligible.

If you feel that you were not included by error, or have not yet filled out our COVID-19 expense survey, please fill one out and we will contact you.

If you have additional questions regarding eligibility, contact your financial aid counselor.

We know this is a difficult time for you and your family and that you may have had a reduction of income or job loss due to COVID-19. We are here to help evaluate your circumstances. Please go to our Professional Judgment Process page and fill out the Professional Judgment Assessment and our team will be in contact with you.