CARES ACT §18004(a)(1) STUDENT

CARES Act Update- 10/19/21

Dear EU Students,

As many of you may have heard, the Department of Education released a third round of Emergency Relief Funds.  Students that enrolled in at least one course in Summer 1, Summer 2, or Summer 2021 received an American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds award on their Summer 2021 aid package. 

We do understand that there may be students who need additional ARPA funds for the fall or who have not yet received them.  For students in this situation, we ask that you complete the ARPA Emergency Funds Request form no later than 11:59pm on Friday, October 22, 2021.  Please understand that we have limited funding and want to ensure that as many students as possible can benefit from these emergency funds. Determinations on awards will be communicated to students via their Eastern email account as soon as they are available.   

Warm Regards,

Andréa L. Ruth- BS '06, MBA '10
Director of Financial Aid 

CARES Act Report- 10/11/21

Eastern University has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement Form in order to receive Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF).

Total amount of funds that the institution will be receiving and awarding under HEERF for emergency financial aid grants to students: $3,078,013

Total amount that has been distributed to students as of 10/6/2021 – the date of this report: $3,067,821

Estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965: 2,726

Total number of students who have received an emergency grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Act: 2,726

CARES Act Report- 7/23/21

Eastern University has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement Form in order to receive Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF).

Total amount of funds that the institution will be receiving and awarding under HEERF for emergency financial aid grants to students: $3,078,013

Total amount that has been distributed to students as of 7/23/2021 – the date of this report: $3,077,889

Estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965: 2,734

Total number of students who have received an emergency grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Act: 2,734

CARES Act Update- 7/16/21

Dear EU Students,

As many of you may have heard, the Department of Education released a third round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds.  Students that fit the following criteria will be receiving an American Rescue Plan Act Funds award on their Summer 2021 aid package: 

  • Enrolled in at least one course in Summer 1, Summer 2, or Summer 2021

You are receiving this email because you meet the above criteria.  We anticipate that these grants will be processed and applied to your student account by Monday, July 19th.  To receive the grant refund by Friday, July 23rd, you must enroll in eRefund direct deposit by logging in to myEastern and selecting Student Accounts>Bank Information (U.S.).  Students who have previously signed up for eRefund direct deposit for electronic refunds should verify their bank information.  Please note- eRefund direct deposit is a separate process from direct deposit for Student Employment.  If you do not enroll in eRefund direct deposit, your paper check will be mailed out on Friday, July 23rd.  

Blessings for a fruitful and restful summer!

Warm Regards,

Andréa L. Ruth- BS '06, MBA '10
Director of Financial Aid 

CARES Act Report- 7/10/21

Eastern University has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement Form in order to receive Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF).

Total amount of funds that the institution will be receiving and awarding under HEERF for emergency financial aid grants to students: $1,114,015

Total amount that has been distributed to students as of 7/10/2021 – the date of this report: $1,114,015

Estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965: 1,083

Total number of students who have received an emergency grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Act: 1,060

CARES Act Update- 3/10/21

Dear EU Students,

As many of you may have heard, the Department of Education released another round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds.  Students that fit the following criteria will be receiving a $1,050 CARES Grant on their Spring 2021 aid package: 

  • Enrolled in at least one course in Spring 2021 or Spring 1 2021

  • Eligible for Title IV funds

  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on their 2020-2021 FAFSA between 0 and 5711

You are receiving this email because you meet the above criteria.  We anticipate that these grants will be processed and applied to your student accounts by Friday, March 12, 2021.  To receive the grant refund by March 19, 2021, you must enroll in eRefund direct deposit by logging in to myEastern and selecting Student Accounts>Bank Information (U.S.).  Students who have previously signed up for eRefund direct deposit for electronic refunds should verify their bank information.  Please note- eRefund direct deposit is a separate process from direct deposit for Student Employment.  If you do not enroll in eRefund direct deposit, your paper check will be mailed out on March 19, 2021.  

Praying for a wonderful spring!

Warm Regards,

Andréa L. Ruth- BS '06, MBA '10
Director of Financial Aid 

CARES Act Report- 1/4/21

Eastern University has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement Form in order to receive Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF).

Total amount of funds that the institution will be receiving and awarding under HEERF for emergency financial aid grants to students: $1,114,015

Total amount that has been distributed to students as of 1/4/2021 – the date of this report: $1,114,015

Estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965: 1,772

Total number of students who have received an emergency grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Act: 1,264

CARES Act Report- 10/20/20

Eastern University has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement Form in order to receive Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF).

Total amount of funds that the institution will be receiving and awarding under HEERF for emergency financial aid grants to students: $1,114,015

Total amount that has been distributed to students as of 10/20/2020 – the date of this report: $1,110,500.00

Estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965: 1,772

Total number of students who have received an emergency grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Act: 1,254

CARES Act Report- 6/28/20

Eastern University has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement Form in order to receive Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF).

Total amount of funds that the institution will be receiving and awarding under HEERF for emergency financial aid grants to students: $1,114,015

Total amount that has been distributed to students as of 06/28/2020 – the date of this report: $1,103,370.00

Estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965: 1,774

Total number of students who have received an emergency grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Act: 1,231

Methodology used by the institution to distribute grants under the Act: First priority given to Title IV-eligible residential students for Spring 2020 to cover food, housing and other eligible expenses due to the COVID-19 disruption of campus operations.  Second priority was given to all other Title IV-eligible students enrolled in an on-campus course for Spring or Spring 2 2020 with an expected family contribution of 5,575 or less on their 2019-20 FAFSA.  Remaining funds to be distributed to other Title IV-eligible students enrolled in an on-campus course for Spring or Spring 2 2020 based on application.

Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants: On 05/19/2020, first priority students were notified by email that they would “receive a cash grant of $1,270.  The purpose of these funds is to offset any additional expenses incurred for food, housing and other needs due to the disruption of campus operations.”  On 6/11/2020,  second priority students were notified by email that they would receive a CARES grant of $350.  On 06/20/2020, all remaining, eligible students were invited, by email, to complete the CARES Act Emergency Funds Request form no later than Tuesday, June 30th, 2020.

CARES Act Update- 6/20/20

Dear EU Students,

Thank you again for your patience and understanding as Eastern has continuously worked to determine the best way to provide assistance to our students.  

Many of you may have heard that the Department of Education passed the CARES Act which includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. These funds are intended to assist students who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Eastern is committed to help as many of our students as possible during this tumultuous time. 

We do understand that there may still be students who need CARES Act funds who have not yet received them.  For students in this situation, we ask that you complete the CARES Act Emergency Funds Request form no later than Tuesday, June 30th, 2020.  Please understand that we have limited funding and want to ensure that as many students as possible can benefit from these emergency funds. Determinations on awards will be communicated to students via their Eastern email account as soon as they are available. 

Praying for a healthy and happy summer!

Warm Regards,

Andréa L. Ruth- BS '06, MBA '10
Director of Financial Aid 

CARES Act Update- 6/11/20

Dear EU Students,

Thank you again for your patience and understanding as Eastern has diligently worked to determine the best way to provide assistance to our students.  As many of you may have heard, the Department of Education passed the CARES Act which includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.  The University leadership and President submitted a proposal to the Board of Trustees to award a portion of these funds to our residential students to assist with their displacement after the campus was closed; this proposal was approved on May 15th.  An additional proposal was submitted for review to award the majority of the remaining funds to our students that fit the following criteria: 

  • Enrolled in an on-campus course for Spring 2020 or Spring 2 2020

  • Eligible for Title IV funds

  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on their 2019-2020 FAFSA between 0 and 5575

  • Have not already received CARES Act Emergency Funds

This second proposal was also approved, which means that you will be receiving a cash grant of $350.  We anticipate that these cash grants will be processed and applied to your student accounts by June 12, 2020.  To receive the cash grant refund by June 19, 2020, you must enroll in eRefund direct deposit by logging in to myEastern and selecting Student Accounts>Bank Information (U.S.).  Students who have previously signed up for eRefund direct deposit for electronic refunds should verify their bank information.  Please note- eRefund direct deposit is a separate process from direct deposit for Student EmploymentIf you do not enroll in eRefund direct deposit, your paper check will be mailed out on June 19, 2020.  

Praying for a healthy and happy summer!

Warm Regards,

Andréa L. Ruth- BS '06, MBA '10
Director of Financial Aid 

CARES Act Report- 5/15/20

Eastern University has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement Form in order to receive Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF).

Total amount of funds that the institution will be receiving and awarding under HEERF for emergency financial aid grants to students: $1,114,015

Total amount that has been distributed to students as of 05/15/2020 – the date of this report: $0

Estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965: 1,774

Total number of students who have received an emergency grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Act: 0

Methodology used by the institution to distribute grants under the Act: Pending

Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants: Pending

CARES ACT §18004(a)(1) INSTITUTIONAL, (a)(2) and (a)(3)

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