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HEERF Grant/CARES Act
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HEERF Grant/CARES Act

Emergency financial aid to students

A.T. Still University (ATSU) was allocated a total of $539,820 of postsecondary education funds awarded under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. ATSU signed and returned a Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education on April 30, 2020, assuring intent to use no less than 50 percent of awarded funds to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to novel coronavirus. On May 8, 2020, ATSU received the $269,910 minimum allocation to be awarded to students. On May 11, 2020, $151,696 was awarded to 76 students. An additional $5,752 was distributed May 19, 2020 to 3 eligible students. On June 16, 2020 a final distribution of $117,499 was made to 69 students. $1,858 was the average student award.

Over 2,000 enrolled AY20 ATSU students completed a FASFA prior to June 15, 2020 to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and therefore may be eligible for emergency aid. Given this is an evolving situation, ATSU will issue this statement by May 29, 2020 and update every 45 days thereafter as required by the Certification and Agreement. As of June 17, 2020 ATSU has allocated all funds to students and anticipates no additional disbursements or updates.

  • ATSU student eligibility methodology +

    • ATSU Methodology for Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act

      In conjunction with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the U.S. Department of Education issued funds, based on a standard student enrollment formula, to A.T. Still University. As a condition of receipt, at least 50 percent of these funds must be reserved for students with emergency financial assistance needs related to the disruption of campus operations.

      Upon notification of funding, ATSU formed an 8-member committee representing academic and administrative departments to make emergency grant decisions. In consultation with the academic programs, the committee conducted an assessment of need among students enrolled in ATSU’s residential programs and created priority rankings. No application for funding was required, however students were notified they must have a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file for 2019-2020 to meet Department of Education eligibility requirements.

      Priority #1-Students enrolled in a clinical program who were unable to complete on time due to the inability to secure required clinical experiences resulting in a program extension beyond the established semester end date. Utilizing the Title IV financial aid budget, these students were allocated a pre-determined amount to cover costs including housing, food, and technology for the additional weeks/months of the extension.

      Priority #2-Students enrolled in a clinical program that was unable to place the student in a scheduled clinical rotation site, but secured a new rotation requiring significant travel and temporary housing expense. These students were allocated a pre-determined amount to assist with housing relocation cost.

      If additional funds are secured for the purpose of student emergency financial assistance, the committee will reconvene as necessary for the purpose of distributing any remaining funds.

  • ATSU guidance/instruction provided to recipient students +

    • MOSDOH DMD-2022 (D2 students)

      Hello [D2 Students],

      The Department of Education has granted emergency funds to ATSU through the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to award to students that have been financially impacted by the campus closure due to COVID-19. You have been selected as a recipient of a portion of these funds. More information about the CARES Act may be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/caresact.html

      ATSU will be scheduling a deposit of or mailing a check for $1,760 to your personal account. This amount represents the additional housing ($625), internet ($135) and additional technology support ($1000) you would have incurred due to ATSU’s campus closure and moving your studies to the online environment. No action is needed on your part to receive these funds, and as a grant, you are not required to repay any of it. If you are not set up on direct deposit, please consider completing the direct deposit form to expedite receipt of your funds. Visit my.atsu.edu >Departments >Student Accounts to locate the Direct Deposit Form. Questions regarding the direct deposit process should be directed to studentaccounts@atsu.edu.

      We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we all navigate this new normal. ATSU hopes this additional funding will ease some of the financial stress you may be experiencing.

      Hello [D4 Students],

      MOSDOH DMD-2020 (D4 students)

      The Department of Education has granted emergency funds to ATSU through the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to award to students that have been financially impacted by the campus closure due to COVID-19. You have been selected as a recipient of a portion of these funds. More information about the CARES Act may be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/caresact.html

      ATSU will be scheduling a deposit of or mailing a check for $2,232 to your personal account. This amount represents the additional housing ($1,500), internet ($169) and food ($563) expense you would have incurred due to ATSU’s campus closure and moving your studies to the online environment. No action is needed on your part to receive these funds, and as a grant, you are not required to repay any of it. If you are not set up on direct deposit,

      please consider completing the direct deposit form to expedite receipt of your funds. Visit my.atsu.edu >Departments >Student Accounts to locate the Direct Deposit Form. Questions regarding the direct deposit process should be directed to studentaccounts@atsu.edu.

      MOSDOH’s decision to extend your graduation date to June 19, 2020 extends the timeframe that you will be reported as full-time enrolled students. Your loans and any grace periods will continue to be deferred for these additional five weeks. The extension also directly impacts your overall cost of attendance. Those students that are eligible for Title IV aid will have additional loan offers generated automatically. Watch your ATSU email for a notification that the new loan offer is available for your review. You are NOT REQUIRED to take out any additional loans, but the eligibility to apply will remain. If you wish to take an additional loan, please accept your offer sooner than later to ensure you receive your funds.

      We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we all navigate this new normal. ATSU hopes this additional funding will ease some of the financial stress you may be experiencing.

      ASHS PA/PT Recipients

      Dear [student first name],

      The Department of Education has granted emergency funds to ATSU through the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to award to students that have been financially impacted by the campus closure due to COVID-19. You have been selected as a recipient of a portion of these funds to cover one or more of the eligible expenses (housing, food, internet/technology, course materials, childcare, or healthcare). More information about the CARES Act may be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/caresact.html

      ATSU will be scheduling a deposit or mailing a check to your personal account. This amount has been provided to support the additional expense you would have incurred due to ATSU’s campus closure and changes to your calendar. No action is needed on your part to receive these funds, and as a grant, you are not required to repay any of it. If you are not set up on direct deposit, please consider completing the direct deposit form to expedite receipt of your funds. Visit my.atsu.edu → Departments → Student Accounts to locate the Direct Deposit Form. Questions regarding the direct deposit process should be directed to studentaccounts@atsu.edu.

      If you took out additional loan funds for the same expenses, and you wish to apply your CARES emergency funding to cancel an equal portion of your loan, please send a check made out to ATSU. Enrollment Services will assist you with the return of those funds.

      ASHS’s decision to extend your spring term to July 10, 2020 extends the timeframe that you will be reported as enrolled students, and directly impacts your overall cost of attendance. Those students that are eligible for Title IV aid will have additional loan offers generated automatically. Watch your ATSU email for a notification that the new loan offer is available for your review. You are NOT REQUIRED to take out any additional loans, but the eligibility to apply will remain. If you wish to take an additional loan, please accept your offer sooner than later to ensure you receive your funds.

      We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we all navigate this new normal. ATSU hopes this additional funding will ease some of the financial stress you may be experiencing.

      Sincerely,

      The Enrollment Services Team
      atsu.edu/enrollment-services
      enrollmentservices@atsu.edu

      ASHS OT Recipients

      Dear [student first name],

      The Department of Education has granted emergency funds to ATSU through the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to award to students that have been financially impacted by the campus closure due to COVID-19. You have been selected as a recipient of a portion of these funds to cover one or more of the eligible expenses (housing, food, internet/technology, course materials, childcare, or healthcare). More information about the CARES Act may be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/caresact.html

      ATSU will be scheduling a deposit or mailing a check to your personal account. This amount has been provided to support the additional expense you would have incurred due to ATSU’s campus closure and changes to your calendar. No action is needed on your part to receive these funds, and as a grant, you are not required to repay any of it. If you are not set up on direct deposit, please consider completing the direct deposit form to expedite receipt of your funds. Visit my.atsu.edu >Departments >Student Accounts to locate the Direct Deposit Form. Questions regarding the direct deposit process should be directed to studentaccounts@atsu.edu.

      If you took out additional loan funds for the same expenses, and you wish to apply your CARES emergency funding to cancel an equal portion of your loan, please send a check made out to ATSU. Enrollment Services will assist you with the return of those funds.

      ASHS’s decision to extend your spring term to July 10, 2020 extends the timeframe that you will be reported as enrolled students, and directly impacts your overall cost of attendance. Those students that are eligible for Title IV aid will have additional loan offers generated automatically. Watch your ATSU email for a notification that the new loan offer is available for your review. You are NOT REQUIRED to take out any additional loans, but the eligibility to apply will remain. If you wish to take an additional loan, please accept your offer sooner than later to ensure you receive your funds.

      We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we all navigate this new normal. ATSU hopes this additional funding will ease some of the financial stress you may be experiencing.

      Sincerely,

      The Enrollment Services Team
      atsu.edu/enrollment-services
      enrollmentservices@atsu.edu

  • HEERF award allocation to ATSU +

    • HEERF award allocated to ATSU Student award dates Student award amount Students impacted
      $269,910 received on May 8, 2020 May 8 - 29, 2020

      June 1 - 16, 2020
      $157,448


      $117,499
      79


      69

      TOTAL TO DATE

      $274,947
      $274,947 (102% of student allocation)
      *Additional $5,037 was provided with support of ATSU operating budget

      148


      Information updated: 6/17/20

      This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Education under award #P425E203956 wherein zero percentage is financed with non-governmental sources.


For more information on the HEERF, please visit the Department of Education’s CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund page.