30-day Report for Cares Act Funding

CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)Grants to Students Required 30-day Report (7/7/2020)

On March 27, 2020, the President of the United States signed the CARES Act (H.R. 748), which provides emergency relief funds to organizations and individuals affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), found in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, provides funding to institutions of higher education “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.” The following information is provided by Brandeis University University as required by the Department of Education (“ED”) in order to comply with the reporting requirements under the CARES Act. This is Brandeis University University’s first 30-day progress report and presents information as of Month, day, year. Additional reports will be provided every 45 days.

  1. 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.

Brandeis University University signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education on 6/29/20 for the HEERF Funds for Emergency Financial Aid Grants. As of July 7th, Brandeis University has not yet received its grant award notification. In keeping with the terms of the certification, Brandeis University will use no less than 50% of the funds received, as stated under 18004(c) of the CARES Act, to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants directly to students.

  1. 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.

Brandeis University University will receive a total of $3,198,465 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, of which $1,599,232.50 will be provided directly to students impacted by campus disruption due to the COVID-19 crisis.

  1. 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 every 45 days thereafter).

As of 7/7/20, Brandeis University had 1,743 HEERF-eligible students.  All enrolled students were notified of the availability of this grant via e-mail on 6/8/20 and were given until 6/24/20 to apply for these funds by filing a valid FAFSA.  As of 7/7/2020, 1,743 awards were offered, in an amount of $1,300 or $650, depending on the student’s FAFSA EFC; 1006 awards were requested and distributed. Additional awards will be reported every 45 days.  

  1. 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.

Brandeis University has determined that 1,743 students are currently eligible, and 2,382 students are potentially eligible, to participate 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.

  1. 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 the date of this initial 30-day Disclosure, the total number of students who have been offered an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 1,743.

  1. 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.

Brandeis University is using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as the application to apply for a HEERF grant. Any currently enrolled student who was enrolled at least half-time in a degree program, not including programs offered exclusively online, during the spring 2020 semester, who filed a valid 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 FAFSA by June 24, 2020, and was determined to be eligible for Title IV federal aid by the Office of Student Financial Services, is eligible for a HEERF grant.  As of July 7, 2020, 1,744 students met the criteria for the grant.  Students with a FAFSA EFC of $10,000 or below qualified for a grant of $1,300 and students with an EFC above $10,000 qualified for a grant of $650.  If all students awarded a grant request distribution of these funds, the entirety of the $1,599,232.50 allotment will be expended. Students have until July 16th to request distribution of these funds.  In the event that unused funds remain after this date, students who did not file the FAFSA by June 24, 2020, or who were unable to claim their grant by July 16, 2020, can request consideration for funds until such time as the funds are expended. 

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. 

An email was sent to all enrolled students (excluding those who began their studies after spring 2020) on June 8, 2020, explaining the eligibility requirements and the June 24th deadline to submit the FAFSA.  The e-mail also directed students to the University’s HEERF website at https://www.Brandeis University.edu/student-financial-services/financial-aid/announcement.html.  This website includes eligibility requirements for the grant, deadlines and timelines, and FAQS. 

On July 1, 2020 an email was sent to all grant-eligible students with instructions on how to request distribution of their HEERF grants. On July 8, 2020, a reminder e-mail was sent to all grant-eligible students who did not request their funds.