CARES Act and CRRSAA: Students

Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting and Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)

Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the CARES Act to submit a report to the Secretary of Education describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education released preliminary reporting guidelines for institutions receiving HEERF.

In addition to providing this information in a report to the Secretary, participating institutions are required to post information to the public. Therefore, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, this page provides public information about Dominican University’s participation in the CARES Act and the use and distribution of HEERF dollars. This information is available and will be updated on this website. As required by the Department of Education, we are providing the following information:

  1. The Certification and Agreement Form acknowledges that Dominican University signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, at least 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
    • Dominican University signed and returned the certification and agreement form on April 10, 2020. As required by signing the form, Dominican is to use at least 50% of the funds received for emergency financial aid grants to students.
  2. Total amount of funds received:
    • The amount received for the student portion was $1,512,891, which is 50% of the $3,025,781 amount awarded to Dominican University from Section 18004 of the Cares Act. Dominican plans to distribute 100% of the $1,512,891 amount before the grant closes to eligible students based on federal regulations.
  3. Total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed:
    • As of December 31, 2020, Dominican distributed $1,476,836 of the $1,512,891 amount to students under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act. Eligible students were asked to complete and submit an application for funds in the spring 2020 and fall 2020 terms.
  4. Determining Eligibility:
    • In accordance with Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act, Dominican used an application process in both the spring and fall terms of 2020 to award emergency federal aid grants to its students. The applications were placed on several University websites for ease of access and use. Many reminders were sent to students via email and text messages reminding them to apply. The application required students to note having specific having specific expenses (food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare) related to the disruption of their education due to the coronavirus.
  5. Total estimated number of students 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.
    • As of December 31, 2020, there are 2,294 students who are enrolled at Dominican University in the fall 2020 term who are degree seeking and have a valid FAFSA on file. There may be other eligible Title IV students who do not have a FAFSA on file, but can opt to complete a FAFSA so that the University can determine if they meet the eligibility requirements.
  6. Guidance and Instructions provided to students:

Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the CARES Act to submit a report to the Secretary of Education describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education released preliminary reporting guidelines for institutions receiving HEERF.

In addition to providing this information in a report to the Secretary, participating institutions are required to post information to the public. Therefore, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, this page provides public information about Dominican University’s participation in the CARES Act and the use and distribution of HEERF dollars. This information is available and will be updated on this website. As required by the Department of Education, we are providing the following information:

  1. Certification and Agreement Form acknowledges that the University signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that 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.
    • Dominican University signed and returned the certification and agreement form on April 10, 2020. As required by signing the form, the university agrees to use at least 50% of the funds received for emergency financial aid grants to students.
  2. Total amount of funds to be received
    • Dominican University received $3,025,781 in funding from the Section 18004 of the Cares Act. Half of that amount, $1,512,891 is specifically designated as emergency financial aid grants to students and the University is in the process of distributing those funds to eligible students who have had expenses associated with the disruption of their education due to coronavirus.
  3. Total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed
    • As of September 30, 2020, Dominican University disbursed $340,691 to 655 students under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act. The average per student amount awarded was $521.
  4. Total estimated number of students 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.
    • As of September 30, 2020, there are 2,294 students who are enrolled at Dominican University in the fall 2020 term who are degree seeking and have a valid FAFSA on file. There may be other eligible Title IV students who do not have a FAFSA on file, but can opt to complete a FAFSA so that the University can determine if they meet the eligibility requirements.
  5. Determining Eligibility: The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act.
    • As of September 30, 2020, Dominican University plans to re-open the application process for eligible students to apply for CARES Act funds. This is scheduled to be opened in October and will close on November 1, 2020. Payments to students will be made by November 20, 2020. The application will be placed on several University websites for ease of access and use. Once the student submits the application, a staff committee will review the information verifying eligibility, and will notify the student, via email, of the approval and payment information. The emergency financial aid grants are for expenses associated with the disruption of education due to coronavirus as required of Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  6. Guidance and Instructions provided to students

Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the CARES Act to submit a report to the Secretary of Education describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education released preliminary reporting guidelines for institutions receiving HEERF.

In addition to providing this information in a report to the Secretary, participating institutions are required to post information to the public. Therefore, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, this page provides public information about Dominican University’s participation in the CARES Act and the use and distribution of HEERF dollars. This information is available and will be updated on this website.  As required by the Department of Education, we are providing the following information:

  1. Certification and Agreement Form acknowledges that the University signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that 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.
    • Dominican University signed and returned the certification and agreement form on April 10, 2020. As required by signing the form, the university agrees to use at least 50% of the funds received for emergency financial aid grants to students.
  2. Total amount of funds to be received
    • Dominican University received $3,025,781 in funding from the Section 18004 of the Cares Act. Half of that amount, $1,512,891 is specifically designated as emergency financial aid grants to students and the University is in the process of distributing those funds to eligible students who have had expenses associated with the disruption of their education due to coronavirus.
  3. Total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed
    • As of August 20, 2020, Dominican University disbursed $335,895 to 651 students under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act. The average per student amount awarded was $516.
  4. Total estimated number of students 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.
    • As of August 20, 2020, there are 2,408 students who are enrolled at Dominican University in the fall 2020 term who are degree seeking and have a valid FAFSA on file.  There may be other eligible Title IV students who do not have a FAFSA on file, but can opt to complete a FAFSA so that the University can determine if they meet the eligibility requirements.

  5. Determining Eligibility: The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act.
    • As of August 20, 2020, Dominican University is in the process re-opening the application process for eligible students to apply for CARES Act funds. This is scheduled to be opened in the late fall 2020 semester. The application will be placed on several University websites for ease of access and use. Once the student submits the application, a staff committee will review the information verifying eligibility, and will notify the student, via email, of the approval and payment information.  The emergency financial aid grants are for expenses associated with the disruption of education due to coronavirus as required of Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. 
  6. Guidance and Instructions provided to students

Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the CARES Act to submit a report to the Secretary of Education describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education released preliminary reporting guidelines for institutions receiving HEERF.

In addition to providing this information in a report to the Secretary, participating institutions are required to post information to the public. Therefore, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, this page provides public information about Dominican University’s participation in the CARES Act and the use and distribution of HEERF dollars. This information is available and will be updated on this website.  As required by the Department of Education, we are providing the following information:

  1. Certification and Agreement Form acknowledges that the University signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that 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.
    • Dominican University signed and returned the certification and agreement form on April 10, 2020. As required by signing the form, the university agrees to use at least 50% of the funds received for emergency financial aid grants to students. The student portion of the CARES Act funds was received on April 23, 2020. 
  2. Total amount of funds to be received
    • Dominican University received $3,025,781 in funding from the Section 18004 of the Cares Act. Half of that amount, $1,512,891 is specifically designated as emergency financial aid grants to students and the University is in the process of distributing those funds to eligible students who have had expenses associated with the disruption of their education due to coronavirus.
  3. Total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed
    • As of July 6, 2020, Dominican University disbursed $318,709 to 619 students under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act. The average per student amount awarded was $515. 
  4. Total estimated number of students 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.
    • As of July 6, 2020, there are 2,205 students who were registered at Dominican University during the current in the spring term who were degree seeking and had a valid FAFSA on file.  There may be other eligible Title IV students who do not have a FAFSA on file, but can opt to complete a FAFSA so that the University can determine if they meet the eligibility requirements. There is continual communication to all students who could qualify for CARES Act funding.  
  5. Determining Eligibility: The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act.
    • As of July 6, 2020, Dominican University is using an electronic application process for eligible students to complete. This application is placed on several University websites for ease of access and use. Once the student submits the application, a staff committee reviews the information verifying eligibility, then notifies the student, via email, of the approval and payment information.  The emergency financial aid grants are for expenses associated with the disruption of education due to coronavirus as required of Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  6. Guidance and Instructions provided to students

Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the CARES Act to submit a report to the Secretary of Education describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education released preliminary reporting guidelines for institutions receiving HEERF.

In addition to providing this information in a report to the Secretary, participating institutions are required to post information to the public. Therefore, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, this page provides public information about Dominican University’s participation in the CARES Act and the use and distribution of HEERF dollars. This information is available and will be updated on this website.  As required by the Department of Education, we are providing the following information:

  1. Certification and Agreement Form acknowledges that the University signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that 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.
    • Dominican University signed and returned the certification and agreement form on April 10, 2020. As required by signing the form, the university agrees to use at least 50% of the funds received for emergency financial aid grants to students. 
  2. Total amount of funds to be received
    • Dominican University received $3,025,781 in funding from the Section 18004 of the Cares Act. Half of this amount, $1,512,891 is specifically designated as emergency financial aid grants to students and the University is in the process of distributing those funds to eligible students who have had expenses associated with the disruption of their education due to coronavirus. The student portion of the CARES Act funds was received on April 23, 2020.
  3. Total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed
    • As of May 23, 2020, Dominican University disbursed $164,411 to 318 students under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act. The average award amount is $517.  
  4. Total estimated number of students 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.
    • As of May 23, 2020, there are 2,205 students who are registered at Dominican University during the current in the spring term who are degree seeking and have a valid FAFSA on file.  There may be other eligible Title IV students who do not have a FAFSA on file, but can opt to complete a FAFSA so that the University can determine if they meet the eligibility requirements. Several notices were sent to students, via email, as well as were posted to our websites that provided the application form.
  5. Determining Eligibility: The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act.
    • As of May 23, 2020, Dominican University is using an electronic application process for eligible students to complete. This application is placed on several University websites for ease of access and use. Once the student submits the application, a staff committee reviews the information verifying eligibility, then notifies the student, via email, of the approval and payment information.  The emergency financial aid grants are for expenses associated with the disruption of education due to coronavirus as required of Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  6. Guidance and Instructions provided to students

 
CARES Act and CRRSAA: Institutional

Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting and Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)