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CARES Act Student Emergency Relief Fund

*********Please note to date the CARES Act Funding has been exhausted.*********

In response to the COVID1-19 crisis, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability Act (CARES Act) and has allocated $2.7 million dollars to Fredonia to be used as direct aid to our students that were impacted by COVID-19.

Who is eligible for CARES funding?

In order to be eligible for CARES funding you must have been enrolled in credit bearing course(s) at Fredonia during the current Spring 2020 term and have filed a 2019-2020 Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or be deemed eligible for Title IV aid.

What are considered allowable expenses a student can request funding for due to the disruption of campus operations tied to COVID-19?

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Technology & Computer
  • Health Care
  • Course Materials
  • Dependent Care
  • Transportation

How much CARES funding may a student request?

Based upon your request, Fredonia will review your application and determine an initial CARES Act award in the amount that will not exceed $1,500.  After the priority deadline of 07/15/20 available funding will be reviewed and additional supplemental awards may be made up to the student's full request but not to exceed $6,195.

Application Process

Eligible students must complete the on-line form.  All applications will be reviewed by the CARES committee on a biweekly basis.  CARES funding will be paid directly to the student by check or direct deposit (if you signed up for electronic deposit).  

For Additional Information

Please email: Cares.Act@fredonia.edu or call 716-673-4710.

Required Reporting for HEERF Student Aid

30-Day Report – July 10, 2020:

  • As of July 10, 2020, Fredonia State University of New York has distributed $1,096,500 to students.  The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant as of July 10, 2020 is 971.

45-Day Report – August 24, 2020:

  • As of August 24, 2020, Fredonia State University of New York has distributed $1,453,550 to students.  The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant as of August 24, 2020 is 1,262.

Quarterly Report – September 30, 2020:

  • As of September 30, 2020, Fredonia State University of New York has distributed $2,756,795 to students.  The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant as of September 30, 2020 is 1,457.
  • From August 24, 2020 (our last reporting date), to September 30, 2020, 1,257 students (195 unduplicated) have received Emergency Financial Aid Grants totaling $1,303,245.

Total Student Aid funds of $2,756,795 received by Fredonia State University of New York have been fully distributed to 1,457 students.

Fredonia State University of New York acknowledges an authorized representative of the institution has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the institution 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 to students.

Fredonia State University of New York has received or will receive Total amount of $2,756,795 of HEERF funds for student Aid from the Department of Education pursuant to the Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

Fredonia State University of New York has distributed Total amount of $2,756,795 Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of 09/30/2020 (Date of Web Posting & Report to the Department of Education)

Fredonia State University of New York has determined that 3918 students are 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.

1457 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of 09/30/2020 (the Date of Web Posting & Report to the Department of Education)

Fredonia State University of New York has prioritized awarding of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to its students in the following manner (methodology)

Methodology

Student Eligibility:
In order to be eligible for CARES funding, a Fredonia student has to be enrolled in credit-bearing courses and deemed eligible for Title IV federal aid.  Eligibility will be determined using the 19-20 or 20-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the online student application.

Eligible Expenses:
Fredonia will award CARES funding on a first come first serve basis in the initial incremental amount not to exceed $1,500.  Allowable costs included:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course Materials
  • Technology & Computer
  • Health Care
  • Dependent Care
  • Transportation

Awarding Amounts:
The initial award amount will be no more than $1,500 and will not exceed $6,195 for the 19-20 academic year and $6,345 for the 20-21 academic year.

  • Priority 1- Fredonia will use the funds to meet the emergency needs of students who have been impacted by COVID-19 who are: 
    • Pell recipients (Fredonia will allocate $1,500 to be awarded immediately upon review for all Pell-eligible students for the 2019-2020 academic year.)
    • Students with the lowest EFCs 
  • Priority 2- Fredonia will use remaining funds to meet the emergency needs of students who have been identified as impacted by COVID-19 including: 
    • Undergraduate students who are Title IV eligible and are willing to complete a FAFSA
    • Graduate students who are Title IV eligible and are willing to complete a FAFSA 
    • Students with the lowest EFCs 

Fredonia will work to distribute these funds as quickly as possible to affected students.

Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, students received awards ranging from zero to $3000.

 

The State University of New York at Fredonia is required to complete quarterly reports regarding HEERF Institutional Funds.

To sign up for Direct Deposit please follow the below steps:

  1. Log on to "Your Connection"
  2. Select "View eBill"
  3. Review the page and accept the terms to access the secure e-Services site
  4. Click on the "Electronic Refunds" icon on the right side.
  5. Click on "Set Up Account"
  6. Enter your account and billing information and click continue
  7. Read and agree to the Refund Setup Agreement

Your checking or savings account should now appear as an option under "Direct Deposit Bank Account." If you have any questions or need further information please contact the Student Accounts office.

 
 

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