Revised June 15, 2020; Reviewed October 7, 2020
Per U.S. Department of Education guidance released May 6, 2020, Fielding Graduate University is required to publish the following information about the administration of funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
- Fielding Graduate University signed and returned the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to the U.S. Department of Education on April 28, 2020. The university intends to 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.
- Fielding Graduate University received $115,599 from the Department of Education to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
- The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of June 12, 2020 is $115,599.
- The estimated total 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 is 600.
- The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of June 12, 2020 is 595.
Fielding sent $200 grant awards to students who were identified as eligible. Eligible students were those enrolled or on approved leave of absence for Summer 2020 who are eligible to receive federal financial aid and were not enrolled in a completely online program as of June 1, 2020. The identified students received an email notifying them of their eligibility. Funds were sent by electronic transfer, if the student has opted in, or by check, if not opted in for electronic transfer.
CARES Act Emergency Grants are to help cover students’ unexpected expenses resulting from the campus disruption such as food, housing, technology needs, course material, childcare expenses, medical expenses and other expenses. CARES Grant FAQs can be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/studentfaqs515.pdf.
FAQ’s for Students (Instructions, directions, or guidance concerning the CARES Grant)
The CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Fund provides emergency financial aid assistance to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus as stipulated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act that was signed into law March 27, 2020.
Eligible recipients will be notified via their Fielding email account. All currently enrolled Summer 2020 students who are eligible to receive federal financial aid and were not enrolled in a completely online program will receive emergency grants funded by HEERF. Even if students owe tuition or fees to the university, they are still eligible for this program. The funds will go directly to students via direct deposit or paper check. Any debts owed to the university will not be deducted from the emergency grant.
Minimum eligibility criteria for students:
- Have a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with Fielding
- Are currently enrolled or on approved leave of absence (Summer 2020) in a program with face-to-face requirements (i.e. all doctoral, ODL masters, EBC certificates, Neuropsychology certificate, and Clinical Respecialization certificate).
- Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents
The U.S. Department of Education does not allow these funds to be distributed to international students, undocumented students, non-matriculated students, or students enrolled in a completely online program.
The distribution of funds to eligible students will begin the week of June 8, 2020. If you meet the eligibility criteria and have not received funding by June 22, 2020, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, please sign up for direct deposit and/or verify that your mailing address is accurate in WebAdvisor Self Service.
We are working very hard to disburse eligible students’ grants as quickly as possible. Once posted, funds will be disbursed via direct deposit for those who currently have that in place. Once posted in the student account, direct deposit funds are normally received in the student’s bank account in three business days. Students who have not signed up for direct deposit will receive a paper check via US postal service. Please allow at least 10 business days for the receipt of checks.
If you did not receive a CARES Act disbursement, then your student record as of June 1, 2020 did not reflect that you meet the eligibility criteria as described above. If Fielding is able to secure additional funding, students will be notified about the available funding and any associated application process.
If I receive funds from the CARES Act and withdraw or take emergency leave from the Summer or Fall 2020 terms, do I have to return the CARES grant?
No, the CARES Act funding is intended to provide one-time relief funding to mitigate the disruption caused by COVID-19.
The CARES emergency grants are designed to support student expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These expenses might include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child-care expenses. Grants will be disbursed electronically via direct deposit or via paper check.