Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act, HEERF I)

HEERF I:  Sections 3504, 18004, and 18008 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), enacted on March 27, 2020, allow higher education institutions to use certain funds allocated by the Department of Education to support students and higher education institutions with expenses and financial needs related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • Stonehill College completed the certification and agreement to receive CARES Act funds from the Department of Education, and will use no less than 50% of funds under §18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  • Stonehill College recognizes that all students enrolled during the Spring 2020 term were impacted in some way as a result of the disruption of COVID-19 and were eligible to receive funding under CARES Act (HEERF I). Guidance from the Federal Department of Education encouraged institutions to determine how many students can receive CARES Act funding in a manner that prioritized allocating more funding to students with the “greatest financial need” while disbursing the remaining funding as “widely as possible.” The College acted in accordance with that guidance, resulting in student allocations of $650.00 and $250.00 based on demonstrated financial need. Students that do not meet the federal requirements—or cannot certify that they do—will receive the same level of funding, however, it will come from institutional sources.
  • Stonehill College has completed both the certification and agreement to take receipt of $1,498,782.00 in CARES Act funding, using no less than $749,391.00 for emergency Financial Aid grants directly to students. 
  • Stonehill estimates 2,370 enrolled students are eligible to participate in programs under §484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under §18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. 
  • As of September 30, 2020, 1,840 students have received Emergency Financial Aid Grant funds totaling $592,400 under §18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  • As of December 31, 2020, 1,890 students have received Emergency Financial Aid Grant funds totaling $607,800 under §18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. For the period of September 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, 50 students received a total of $14,900 in funds.
  • As of March 31, 2021, 1,938 students have received Emergency Financial Aid Grant funds totaling $719,750 under 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. For the period of January 1, 2021 to March 31, 2021, 17 students received a total of $5,050 in funds under the original program, which was closed on March 15, 2021. Based on updated Federal Guidance Stonehill issued remaining CARES I funds totaling, $107,400, on Emergency Federal Grants based on need.

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA Act, HEERF II)

HEERF II:  Section 314(1)(a) of the Coronavirus, Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), enacted on December 27, 2020, allows higher education institutions to use certain funds allocated by the Department of Education to support students and higher education institutions with expenses and financial needs related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • Stonehill College recognized that all 2412 students enrolled during the 2020-2021 academic year were impacted in some way as a result of the disruption of COVID-19. In accordance with guidance from the Federal Department of Education the college prioritized CRRSA ACT (HEERF II) funding to assist students with remote learning grants in addition to other educationally related grants. As of June 30th the college utilized $749,397.00 in CRRSA (HEERFII) funding to 252 students. 

American Rescue Plan (ARP Act, HEERF III)

HEERF III:  On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) (Pub. L. 117-2). The ARP appropriated funds for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and represents the third stream of funding appropriated for HEERF to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.  HEERF III allows higher education institutions to use these appropriated funds to support students, and the institution itself, with expenses and financial needs related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • Stonehill College recognized that all 2412 students enrolled during the 2020-2021 academic year were impacted in some way as a result of the disruption of COVID-19. In accordance with guidance from the Federal Department of Education the college prioritized ARP HEERF III funding to assist students with remote learning grants in addition to other educationally related grants. As of September 15th the college utilized $422,617.00 in HEERF III funding on 146 students. 

 

 HEERF III Federal Funding Award Student Notification

 

(Last updated August 24, 2021)


How to Appeal for Aid

We encourage you to contact your financial aid advisor, to discuss any special circumstances that may qualify for reconsideration of your financial aid package. Items that may qualify for consideration are a change in parent employment status, income changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, unreimbursed medical expenses, non-recurring income sources and support of elderly parents, to name a few. Your financial aid advisor will let you know whether these circumstances are sufficient to warrant an increase in your financial aid package and will let you know what documentation will be required to re-review your financial aid eligibility.

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