Long Island University has received funding from the federal government for a grant under the CARES Act as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). The University signed and returned the Certification and Agreement required under the CARES Act with its assurance that the University will use no less than 50% of the CARES Act funds for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
Funding under the CARES Act is required to be distributed as emergency grants to eligible students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).
The Certification and Agreement directs each institution to comply with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act and submit an initial report (the “30-day Fund Report”) that provides the following information:
An acknowledgement that the institution 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.
Long Island University has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement.
Long Island University has distributed emergency financial aid grants to students, and 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 will receive or has received from the Department 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 May 28, 2020 (i.e., as of the 30-day Report).
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.
9,074 undergraduate and graduate students
The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, through May 28, 2020.
1,397 undergraduate students
Emergency financial aid grants have/will not be applied against existing account balances and were/will be sent as checks to each student’s address of record.
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.
In accordance with federal requirements, only students who are Title IV eligible (those who are eligible for federal student financial aid) have an opportunity to receive a grant. Grants will not be awarded to non-Title IV eligible students, including international students, students in attendance for less than six credits, students who are not in pursuit of a degree or approved certificate program, or students enrolled in a fully online program prior to March 13 and therefore not impacted by the disruption to campus operations. Additionally, Long Island University employees (except those hired as student workers) are ineligible to receive a CARES Act grant.
The Department of Education has given colleges and universities discretion to determine how this emergency assistance will be disbursed to eligible students. In accordance with the directive from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, institutions are to prioritize funding for those students with the greatest need, while distributing grants as widely as possible for maximum impact. The University’s rubric for distributing grants to eligible undergraduate students is as follows:
Targeted communications to all eligible students directing them to an online application for emergency financial assistance grants
Three-week application process, with required student Certification of Compliance
Undergraduate Pell eligible students ($0 Expected Family Contribution)- Up to $4,000 Grant
Undergraduate Pell eligible students (˃$0 Expected Family Contribution)- Up to $2,000 Grant
Undergraduate Non-Pell eligible students- Up to $1,000 Grant
As of May 28, 2020, the University is in the process of evaluating applications of eligible students, including undergraduate and graduate students.
Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
Targeted communications to eligible students regarding the availability of CARES Act Funding, with an invitation to apply for emergency student financial aid grants.
On-line application process with required Certification of Compliance.
Request to contact LIU Enrollment Services with questions or concerns.
We thank you in advance for your patience as we continue to assist our students while working remotely. We will publish more information as it becomes available and in accordance with any and all required disclosures.
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