CARES Distribution of Funds to Eligible Students

CARES Distribution of Funds to Eligible Students

Distribution of Funds to Eligible Students

 

1. Fairfax University of America (FXUA) acknowledges it signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement on June 4th, 2020 and gives the assurance that FXUA will use no less than 50% of the funds received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

2. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants FXUA received from the U.S. Department of Education for distribution to students is $39,147.00. As of July 9th, 2020, $0.00 of this amount has been distributed to the eligible 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). All eligible students will be notified via e-mail of their award.

3. FXUA also received notice on June 18th, 2020, that DOE has allocated under the HEERF institutional grant portion $39,147.00 to be used for Covid-19 related Institutional expenses. As of July 18th, 2020, $0.00 amount has been used by the Institution.

4. The Department of Education has established eligibility criteria for students to receive grants from this program. This student portion is only distributable to students at FXUA who are eligible to participate in financial aid programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

5. Based on submitted Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSAs), FXUA has 9 students who are eligible for federal student financial aid for the Spring 2020 semester.

6. The methods used by FXUA to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:

A.  FXUA will contact all eligible students at their FXUA email address indicating the availability of the funding and providing a CARES Act Funding Application Form. Forms will to be submitted solely from the student’s FXUA email to authenticate the requestor.

B.  Applications are considered and approved based on a financial need of each eligible student. FXUA has the discretion to determine the amount of financial aid grant that a student is eligible to receive. FXUA identified students (currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student for the term of disbursement) with greater financial need based on existing FAFSA data in our Financial Aid system.

C.  The approach used to determine which students and how much Emergency Financial Aid Grants a student receives is based on the COVID-19 related expenses students incurred for food, housing, health care and medication, travel and transportation costs, educational technology, childcare and other living expenses.

1. Submit application for the CARES Act Funding to the Financial Aid Department at financialaid@fxua.edu

2. Students who apply must attest, under penalty of the law, that the expenses detailed in the application are true and accurate and must be able to produce documentation of expenses incurred, if requested.

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

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.

Only the student can submit a CARES Act Funding Application Form.

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

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

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.

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 have been enrolled in the semester for which you are requesting aid and you were a degree-seeking student
  • Your enrollment was impacted by COVID-19
  • You were not enrolled in a fully online program

A CARES Act Funding Application Form with instructions for completion will be sent to eligible students at their FXUA e-mail address. If you believe you are eligible and did not receive an application form, please contact our Financial Aid Department at financialaid@fxua.edu.

If you are awarded funds from this grant, a check will be mailed to you from the university to the address indicated on your CARES Act Funding Application 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.

All expenses should be listed on a single CARES Act Funding Application Form.

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.

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

No, The U.S. Department of Education has confirmed that this funding is not considered Estimated Financial Assistance.