CARES Act, CRRSAA and ARP: Students

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF I, II, and III): Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act; Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act (CRRSAA) Grants; and American Rescue Plan (ARP).

HEERF I, II, III Reporting - Student Grants

Reporting Period: June 30, 2021

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund I (HEERF I) is authorized by 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). It directed 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 grants.

In addition to providing this information in a report to the Secretary, participating institutions were 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.

Under the HEERF I (CARES Act Funding), in April 2020, Dominican received $1,512,891 for student grants, which is 50% of the authorized amount of $3,025,781. These grants were to be direct payments to students who had expressed having certain financial needs due to the COVID pandemic. The University followed the federal guidance acutely, making grants to students who expressed need.

As of June 30, 2021, the University had disbursed 100% of the grant as direct payments to students, and had been reimbursed 100% of the grant from the federal government. No further funds are available from this fund. These funds were completely disbursed, and reimbursed 100% as of March 31, 2021.  See the March 31, 2021 reporting tab for more details.

CRRSAA Reporting – Students - June 30, 2021

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020.

On January 17, 2021, Dominican University received $1,512,891 under Section 134(a)(1) of the CRRSAA Funds. Under Section 314(d)(5), the University is required to disburse the same amount of emergency financial aid grants directly to students under the CRRSAA grants as it did under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act grants; for Dominican University, this amount was $1,512,891.

As required in Section 134(c)(3) of the CRRSAA guidance, Dominican must prioritize grants to students with exceptional need. In complying with this guidance, Dominican disbursed funds to students based on the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) amounts, as reported in their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, for academic year 2020-2021. Disbursement amounts per student ranged from $625 to $1,200, see below:

EFC Amounts Disbursement Amount per Student
$0-$5,711 $1,200.00
$5,712 to $8,999 $900.00
$9,000 to $15,000 $725.00
> $15,000 $625.00

As of June 30, 2021, Dominican disbursed $1,479,120 CRRSAA grants to 1,442 students, see list below. Disbursements to students commenced on March 26, 2021.

Grouping Amount Disbursed per Student # of students Total Disbursement Amount
EFC $0-$5,711 1200 906 $1,087,200.00
EFC $5,712-$8,999 900 149 $134,100.00
EFC $9,000-$15,000 725 130 94,250.00
EFC > $15,001 625 248 $55,000
Total   1433 $1,470,550.00

CRRSAA grants are intended to be used for the cost of attendance or for emergency expenses incurred due to COVID, such as tuition, food, housing, or health care, including mental health care. Students were asked to complete and submit an application attesting to being enrolled during the current term and having expenses related to COVID. Students were given the option to pay their tuition balances. All students who qualified and applied through this application process received CRRSAA grant funds.  CRRSAA grant funds were reduced by tuition payments, if the student elected to have tuition payments deducted per their application.

Students who were approved to receive CRRSAA funds were sent an email beginning March 23, 2021 explaining the approval, payment timing and amounts.   An example of this email is below:

Dear Student,

CRRSAA Funding Spring 2021

Dominican University has approved your application for Covid relief funds through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). The requirement from the federal government was to allocate funds to U.S. citizen and resident students based on exceptional need. Dominican prioritized funds to students based on the Expected Family Contribution amounts provided from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form.

The CRRSAA amount you will receive is $1,200. An eCheck, made payable to you, will be sent to your Dominican University email address on or before Friday, March 26, 2021. EChecks are electronic checks that are emailed to you. Like any other check, the eCheck must be cashed or deposited to your bank account.  You must download to print, or save a copy of the eCheck, then cash or deposit the eCheck with your bank. There are no fees to download or save the eCheck.  

If you are given the option to automatically deposit the eCheck, do NOT do so. This is not a free service and the fees will be deducted from your eCheck amount.  Instead, download to print or save a copy of the eCheck.

Over the next few days, you will see an amount of $1,200 credited to your tuition account for CRRSAA funds.   A charge of $1,200 will shortly follow.  These two amounts will zero out, resulting in no effect to your tuition balance.   

Please note:  Dominican uses third-party vendor, Paymerang, to process payments.  This is an approved vendor should you receive communications from them.

Best wishes as you complete the spring 2021 term. Stay safe and well.

To your success,

Guidance and Instructions provided to students:

Students can find more detailed information on eligibility requirements on the emergency financial aid grants at https://www.dom.edu/stars-connect/cares-act. Students can also contact university staff with questions by email at caresact@dom.edu.

American Rescue Plan – Students - June 30, 2021

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ARP funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136. Emergency funds available to institutions and their students under all emergency funds total $76.2 billion. Do note that some language in these grants are referred to as HEERF I, II, III (HEERF I for CARES Act; HEERF II for CRRSAA; and HEERF III for ARP).

On May 14, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education issued a final rule in which the student eligibility requirements for HEERF awards were revised. This rule broadened the pool of eligible students to include “any individual who is or was enrolled at an eligible institution on or after the date the national emergency was declared for COVID-19” (March 13, 2020), effectively removing the previously imposed Title IV eligibility requirement.

Awarded:

On May 17, 2021, Dominican University was awarded $4,128,660 as part of the HEERF III program within the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act  (Section 2003(a)(1) of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), Pub. L. No. 117-2 (January 3, 2021)), Student Grants.

Disbursed/Received:

As of June 30, 2021, Dominican University disbursed $0 grants to students, and has withdrawn $0 in federal funding. The University plans to award grants to students in the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 terms, using an application process, similar to its process for HEERF I and HEERF II funding. It will award to enrolled students who have attested to having a financial need related to the COVID pandemic. Following the Department of Education’s guidance to prioritize students with exceptional need, those with more need will receive larger grants.

Guidance and Instructions provided to students:

Students can find more detailed information on eligibility requirements on the emergency financial aid grants at https://www.dom.edu/stars-connect/cares-act. Students can also contact university staff with questions by email at caresact@dom.edu.

CARES Act

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. As of March 31, 2021, Dominican has disbursed 100% of the grant as direct payments to students, and has been reimbursed 100% of the grant from the federal government.
  3. Total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed:
    • As of March 31, 2021, Dominican distributed all of the $1,512,891 CARES Act amount to eligible students. It distributed $1,487,986 of the $1,512,891 amount to students under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act, and distributed the remaining $24,905 as CRRSAA grants from the CARES Fund, Section 18004(a)(1), during the Spring 2021 term.
    • Eligible students were asked to complete and submit an application in the Spring 2021, the Fall 2020, and the Spring 2020 terms.
  4. Determining Eligibility:
    • In accordance with Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act, Dominican used an application process in all three terms to determine eligibility to award federal aid grants to its students. Students were asked to complete and submit a brief electronic application, of which they made an attestation of having Covid related expenses. 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 attest to having specific, Covid-related 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 March 31, 2021, there are 2335 enrolled students Dominican University in the Spring 2021 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
CRRSAA Funds
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II)

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020.

On January 17, 2021, Dominican University received $1,512,891 under Section 134(a)(1) of the CRRSAA Funds. Under Section 314(d)(5), the University is required to disburse the same amount of emergency financial aid grants directly to students under the CRRSAA grants as it did under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act grants. For Dominican University, this amount was $1,512,891.

As required in Section 134(c)(3) of the CRRSAA guidance, Dominican must prioritize grants to students with exceptional need. In complying with this guidance, Dominican disbursed funds to students based on the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) amounts, as reported in their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, for academic year 2020–2021. Disbursement amounts per student ranged from $625 to $1,200, see below:

EFC Amounts

Disbursement Amount per Student

$0–5,711 $ 1,200.00
$5,712 to $8,999 $    900.00
$9,000 to $15,000 $    725.00
>$15,000 $    625.00

As of March 31, 2021, Dominican disbursed $1,470,550 CRRSAA grants to 1,433 students, see list below. Disbursements to students commenced on March 26, 2021.

Grouping Amount Disbursed per Student # of Students Total Disbursement Amount
EFC $0–$5,711 1200 906 $1,087,200.00
EFC $5,712–$8,999 900 149 $   134,100.00
EFC $9,000–$15,000 725 130 $     94,250.00
EFC>$15,001 625 248 $   155,000.00
Total   1433 $1,470,550.00

CRRSAA grants are intended to be used for the cost of attendance or for emergency expenses incurred due to COVID, such as tuition, food, housing, or health care, including mental health care. Students were asked to complete and submit an application attesting to being enrolled during the current term and having expenses related to COVID. Students were given the option to pay their tuition balances. All students who qualified and applied through this application process received CRRSAA grant funds.  CRRSAA grant funds were reduced by tuition payments, if the student elected to have tuition payments deducted per their application.

Students who were approved to receive CRRSAA funds were sent an email on March 23, 2021 explaining the approval, payment timing and amounts. An example of this email is below.

Dear Student,

CRRSAA Funding Spring 2021

Dominican University has approved your application for Covid relief funds through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). The requirement from the federal government was to allocate funds to U.S. citizen and resident students based on exceptional need. Dominican prioritized funds to students based on the Expected Family Contribution amounts provided from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form.

The CRRSAA amount you will receive is $1,200. An eCheck, made payable to you, will be sent to your Dominican University email address on or before Friday, March 26, 2021. EChecks are electronic checks that are emailed to you. Like any other check, the eCheck must be cashed or deposited to your bank account. You must download to print, or save a copy of the eCheck, then cash or deposit the eCheck with your bank. There are no fees to download or save the eCheck.  

If you are given the option to automatically deposit the eCheck, do NOT do so. This is not a free service and the fees will be deducted from your eCheck amount. Instead, download to print or save a copy of the eCheck.

Over the next few days, you will see an amount of $1,200 credited to your tuition account for CRRSAA funds. A charge of $1,200 will shortly follow. These two amounts will zero out, resulting in no effect to your tuition balance.   

Please note:  Dominican uses third-party vendor, Paymerang, to process payments. This is an approved vendor should you receive communications from them.

Best wishes as you complete the spring 2021 term. Stay safe and well.

To your success,

Guidance and Instructions provided to students:
Students can find more detailed information on eligibility requirements on the emergency financial aid grants at https://www.dom.edu/stars-connect/cares-act. Students can also contact university staff with questions by email at caresact@dom.edu.

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, CRRSAA and ARP: Institutional

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF I, II, and III): Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act; Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act (CRRSAA) Grants; and American Rescue Plan (ARP).

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CARES Act

Dominican University signed and returned to the Department of Education, the Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

Funds received by the University were $1,512,890 of CARES Act-Institutional (CFDA 84.425F) on May 4, 2020, and $221,554 of CARES Act-Minority Serving (CFDA 84.425L) on September 24, 2020. These were to be used to reimburse institutional amounts related to COVID.

As of March 31, 2021, the University has encumbered and reimbursed itself entirely the $1,512,890 in CARES funds, and $221,554 in Minority Serving Institution Funds, details are in the pdf report on this page. The vast majority of Institutional COVID relief were payments to students for room, board, study abroad, and waived fee reimbursements. Other institutional items relieved included technology, distance learning, training, and protective equipment.

CARES Act Institution through 3-31-2021 (pdf)

CRRSAA

On January 17, 2021, the federal government provided Section 314(a)(1), Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) grants to Dominican University. Total CRRSAA grants received of $4,672,50 consist of two funding streams: the Student Aid Portion (CFDA 84.425E) and the Institutional Portion (CFDA 84.425F).    

Per the regulations of Section 314 of CRRSAA, the University received $1,512,891 for the Student Aid Portion, and is required to make direct emergency payments to students based on exceptional need.

Per the regulations of Section 314 of CRRSAA, the University was awarded $3,159,616 for the Institutional Portion. The University is required to use these grants for Institutional costs to help defray expenses associated with COVID (including lost revenues, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff trainings, and payroll). It may, but is not required to, make additional grants to students for emergency costs due to COVID.  

As of March 31, 2021, the University spent $9,300 of the Institutional Portion in COVID related expenses. Within the next few months, The University plans to reimburse a minimum of $1.7M of lost revenues from the fall 2020 term.