CARES Act/HEERF Funds
Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds
The CARES Act signed into law on March 27, 2020 included a provision to provide emergency financial aid grants (i.e., HEERF) to students and assist with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Eligible expenses were defined as: food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.
Eligible students as defined by the U.S. Department of Education must:
- Have a completed (non-rejected) FAFSA on file
- Enrolled as a BSHP student on the effective date of the national disaster declaration (March 13, 2020)
- Be eligible to participate in Title IV aid programs for financial aid
- Enrolled in a degree, certificate or other recognized educational credential which is Title IV eligible
- Maintaining satisfactory academic progress
- Not owe an overpayment/refund on Title IV funds
- A U.S. citizen or national, a permanent resident, or an eligible noncitizen
- Have their Selective Service registration confirmed, if applicable
- Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale
- Not be enrolled in a program that was offered solely online.
The U.S. Department of Education does not allow these funds to be used for international students, undocumented students, non-matriculated students or students enrolled in distance-only degree programs.
Eligible students were notified via email on how to submit an attestation to certify they incurred expenses (as defined above) in the change of delivery from “on campus” instruction to “online” delivery. The deadline to submit an attestation for funding from the student portion of the CARES Act funds was midnight on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.
CARES Act Disclosures
- Baptist Health System School of Health Professions (BSHP) acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education 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.
- The total amount of funds that the institution has received from the U.S. Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
BSHP has received $265,809 from the U.S. Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for 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 the date of submission [i.e., as of the 30-day Report and no later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter (9/30/20, 12/31/20, 3/31/21 and 6/30/21) thereafter].
BSHP has distributed $265,809 in CARES Act grants as of August 28, 2020, which satisfies the reporting guidelines under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
- The estimated total number of students at the institution 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.
BSHP estimates 502 students were eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
- The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
419 students have received the CARES Emergency Financial Aid grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
- 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.
The criteria used for determining student eligibility are listed above in the “Eligibility Criteria” section.
Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
Instructions, directions, and guidance can be found in the “Eligibility Criteria” and “Application Process” sections at the top of this page.