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CARES Act Funding
On March 27, 2020, Congress enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act or Act).  The CARES Act provides economic relief to students facing hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis, including financial assistance for Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) under Title IV of the Act.  

St. Joseph’s College of Nursing understands students may have incurred additional expenses such as course materials, technology, food, housing, utilities, transportation, healthcare/medical, and childcare, related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID19.  *An application does not guarantee funding will be awarded.

The application deadline was May 24, 2020 and is no longer available. 

CARES Act Reporting Requirements

Federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

St. Joseph’s College of Nursing at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the Department on June 16, 2020.  At least 50 percent of the total allocation received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, will provide emergency aid to students.

Who is eligible to receive CARES Act funding?
  • Application submission attesting to incurring unexpected expenses due to COVID-19
  • Matriculated as of March 17, 2020 and meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • U.S. citizenship status
  • A valid 2019-20 or 2020-21 FAFSA - Title IV eligible
  • Student must have been in good academic standing at start of COVID-19
Who is considered ineligible for funding?
  • International and DACA students
  • Federal/institutional loan default status
  • Met federal aggregate loan limits
What expenses can be covered with CARES Act funding?

Grants awarded are intended to reduce financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, but in some instances will not fully resolve or remove the financial burden. Examples of COVID-19 related expenses eligible for grant consideration include, but are not limited to:
  • Emergency travel caused by the abrupt transition to online learning 
  • Child care expenses 
  • Technology expenses created by the shift to online learning 
  • Medical/health-related expenses due to COVID-19 
  • Rent/food 
Can I use my CARES payment towards a current/past due balance?

No.  Per federal guidance, emergency cash grants to students CANNOT be applied towards outstanding balances and must be disbursed directly to the student. 

How were awards determined? 

Funds were awarded to students who meet the eligibility requirements (above) and who submitted a CARES Act application attesting they incurred unexpected expenses due to the COVID-related disruption of learning (eligible costs above). Awards were determined by the 2019-20 or 2020-21 FAFSA’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and divided into three (3) tiers based on a student’s financial need level.  If no FAFSA application was on file, applicant was required to submit an additional self-attestation in reference to Section 484, and categorized as Tier 3.

Tier  EFC  Blocks 
0 - 20,000  $1,075 
20,000 - 42,000  $750 
42,000  $350 

How many SJCON students are eligible to received CARES Act emergency grants?

Based on 2019-20 submitted FAFSA applications, approximately 302 students could have been eligible for CARES Act funding.  St. Joseph’s College of Nursing estimated 128 students were eligible to receive CARES Act emergency grants at the time funds were received based on a required application process by the institution.

How much is available for emergency financial aid to students?

Fifty percent of the student emergency funding portion is $130,822.

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to 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).
  • We have awarded $129,175 as of June 29, 2020.
  • An additional $7,200 was disbursed as of August 17, 2020 ($5,553 of the institutional portion was used to assist waitlist applicants)
How many students have been awarded Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act after 30 days?
  • 128 students have been approved for funds and awarded as of June 29, 2020.
  • 7 additional students were approved for funding and awarded as of August 17, 2020
Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
  • Instructions were sent via email, Canvas, and website to apply for CARES Act funding if they incurred unexpected costs due to the disruption of COVID-19.
  • The application deadline was May, 24, 2020. Waitlist applicants were reviewed on August 5, 2020.
  • Payments will be issued directly to the student’s permanent home address.  A disclosure statement is emailed with an overview and the option to return funds if the recipient feels they received funding in error.
Tax Information for Recipients

The IRS announced that the CARES Act grants to students will not be taxable.  The IRS states that these grants will be considered official federal disaster assistance, which excludes the funds from being taxed.  St. Joseph's College of Nursing and its affiliates do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice.  Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants to students will be included on the 2020 IRS Form 1098-T in Box 5.  Further, the IRS FAQs: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CARES Act make it clear that students cannot claim any education credits or deductions, so the emergency grant amounts will not appear in Box 1 of the 1098-T.

Will more funding be available?

The CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant is a one-time award and no appeals will be accepted.  Funding eligibility is monitored on a regular basis.  Students can submit an application to be added to the waitlist if additional funding becomes available.  If additional funding becomes available, and waitlisted students are deemed eligible by SJCON, block grant awards may differ for future disbursements.

* Required HEERF Student Portion Funds have been exhausted as of September 30, 2020.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion