COVID-19

Morehouse Policy on CARES Act

Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Section 18004(c) of the Cares Act requires Morehouse College to use at least fifty percent of the funds received to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID 19(including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

Upon receipt of the Grant Award Notification (GANS)from the Department of Education, Morehouse College will promptly make available emergency financial aid grants as funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act directly to students enrolled in the spring 2020 semester for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID 19, (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care) as required by Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act. Morehouse College will not use the funds to reimburse itself for any costs or expenses, including but not limited to any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus and/or any refunds or other benefit previously issued to students.

Student Eligibility
Initial Eligibility requirement as of March 13, 2020
  1. Students must be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). For purposes of disbursal of these funds, the College will base determination of eligibility on the existence of the student’s 2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  2. Student must be enrolled at least half time.
  3. Students must be United States citizens.
  4. Student must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Final Eligibility Determinant
  1. Awarded students must indicate and certify to allowable use of grant funds as defined by Section 18004(c) and this policy on the Morehouse College CARES Act student emergency grant certification.
Consistent with Section 18004(c), Morehouse College retains discretion to:
  1. Determine the amount of each individual Emergency Financial Aid Grant consistent with all applicable laws including non-discrimination laws.
  2. Prescribe the methodology for distribution of funds across the student population.

The CARES Act student emergency funding will be managed by the Director of Financial Aid. As encouraged by the Secretary of Education in the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement for CARES Act Funding, the Director of Financial Aid will exercise the use of professional judgment available under Section 479A of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), 20 U.S.C § 1087tt, to determine need and eligibility for receipt of CARES Act student emergency grants.

The College will award student emergency grants on the basis of need (established by expected family contribution (EFC)), and upon certification (by each grantee/student) of allowable use as defined by Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act and consistent with this policy. The College will allocate emergency grant awards to students across multiple tiers.  Bounds of tiers are defined by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the 2019-20 FASFA.

EFC AmountCares Amount
0 EFC $1,000
1 to 5576 $750
5577 to higher $500

The Secretary does not consider these individual Emergency Financial Aid Grants to constitute Federal Financial Aid under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA). The emergency financial aid funds will not be used for any purpose other than the direct payments of grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Morehouse College will promptly comply with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act and (i) report to the Secretary thirty (30) days from the date the Certification and Agreement was signed and every forty five (45) days thereafter in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 through 2 CFR 200.337, or in such other additional form as the Secretary may specify.Funding amounts are based on the EFC reported by the FAFSA. The higher amounts will go to our Pell eligible students and higher EFC amounts will follow.

Morehouse College will report:

  • how grants were distributed to students,
  • the amount of each grant awarded to each student,
  • how the amount of each grant was calculated, and
  • any instructions or directions given to students about the grants

Morehouse College will promptly and to the greatest extent practicable distribute all the funds in the form of emergency financial aid grants to students within 12 months from the date of the signed Certificate and Agreement. Students deemed eligible based on the methodology prescribed within this policy must complete an Emergency Grant Certification form prior to the release of their Emergency Grant Funds. The Office of Financial Aid will review student records to determine the students deemed initially eligible (as described in the Student Eligibility section). Those students deemed initially eligible will be directed to submit the student emergency grant certification form to be considered for receipt of an emergency grant.  Funds will be disbursed to students submitting complete forms indicating and certifying that funds will be used for allowable expenses as outlined by Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act. Students unable to certify that funds will be used for allowable expenses, will not receive emergency grants.  The Office of Financial Aid will review and approve all submitted certification forms prior to disbursal of funds.  The Business and Finance Office will process the payments of the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to each student in the same manner in which credit balances are processed for Title IV aid. At no time will any emergency grant be used by the College to offset existing student account balances, nor future student account charges. Funds will be disbursed directly to individual students, as directed by that student, in the form of a check or electronic transfer payment.

*Anticipated number of awards assumes all eligible students in the tier have eligible expenses and can certify as such on the Morehouse College Student Emergency Grant Certification Form.