CARES Act and Federal Funding

CARES Act and Federal Funding


In June 2020, GMercyU distributed CARES ACT funding to all eligible students.  

In April 2021, the University began distributing available HEERF II Funding  to eligible students to help defray education costs associated with the pandemic.  

How will the University distribute the HEERF II funding to students?

Beginning in April 2021, the University will distribute available HEERF II Funding funding to eligible students to help defray education costs associated with the pandemic.  

If you already signed up for Electronic Funds Transfer since we implemented our new system on April 6, 2020, the payment will be sent directly to the account we have on file for you. Please log in to Self-Service by April 14, 2021 to verify that the bank information listed is still accurate.  

If you have not yet signed up for Electronic Funds Transfer, we encourage you to do so no later than April 14.  Instructions are located here.  Otherwise, we will mail a check to your home address.  Paper checks may be delayed as most University personnel will continue to work remotely through the summer.  

How can I tell if I’m eligible for HEERF II funding?

The following Gwynedd Mercy University students who were enrolled in the Spring 2021 semester will be eligible for CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds:

  • Graduate students who completed the FAFSA and were considered eligible for federal financial aid
  • Undergraduate students who completed the FAFSA and were eligible for a Pell Grant; this includes students enrolled in both online/accelerated and on-campus programs.
  • Undergraduate students who completed the FAFSA and had an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,000 or less; this includes students enrolled in both online/accelerated and on-campus programs.
How much funding will I receive?

Funding amounts for existing FAFSA filers will be as follows. Funding amounts are based on your Spring 2021 enrollment status.

  • Title-IV Eligible Graduate Students, based on the results of your FAFSA: $200
  • Pell Eligible Campus Undergraduate Students, based on the results of your FAFSA:
    • Less-Than-Half-Time (fewer than 6 credits): $238
    • Half-Time (6-8 credits): $476
    • Three-Quarter Time (9-11 credits): $713
    • Full Time (12 or more credits): $951
  • Pell Eligible Online/Accelerated Undergraduate Students, based on the results of your FAFSA:
    • Less-Than-Half-Time (fewer than 6 credits): $155
    • Half-Time (6-8 credits): $310
    • Three-Quarter Time (9-11 credits): $465
    • Full Time (12 or more credits): $620 
  • Title-IV Eligible Campus Undergraduate Students with an EFC of $15,000 or less, based on the results of your FAFSA:
    • Less-Than-Half-Time (fewer than 6 credits): $160
    • Half-Time (6-8 credits): $320
    • Three-Quarter Time (9-11 credits): $479
    • Full Time (12 or more credits): $639
  • Title-IV Eligible Undergraduate Online/Accelerated Students with an EFC of $15,000 or less, based on the results of your FAFSA:
    • Less-Than-Half-Time (fewer than 6 credits): $120
    • Half-Time (6-8 credits): $240
    • Three-Quarter Time (9-11 credits): $359
    • Full Time (12 or more credits): $479

Funding will be sent to eligible students in the middle of April.

Will there be any other opportunities to receive funding under the HEERF II Funding Act?

Yes. Students who were enrolled in Spring 2021 and experienced hardship related to COVID-19 disruption to campus operations, may apply for additional funding via this Additional HEERF CARES-2 Act Funding Form (PDF).  Please email your completed form in a jpeg or pdf format to studentbilling@gmercyu.edu for review.

Funding is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. It may not be possible to fund all requests.

What if I didn’t file the FAFSA, but still have COVID-19-related expenses?

If you were enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in Spring 2021 and chose not to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) but have experienced hardship related to COVID-19, you may apply for a limited amount of funding via a form that will be posted here beginning May 1.

To be eligible for funding from the federal government, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have U.S. citizenship or be an eligible non-citizen
  • Have a valid U.S. Social security number
  • Be registered with Selective Service (for male students)
  • Have met Satisfactory Academic Progress standards
  • Are not currently in default for federal student loans

Any available funding will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis.

Required Public Disclosures

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

a) The University acknowledges that it has 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 of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

b) The total amount of funds that the University has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students was $836,538.

c) The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 22, 2020 was $0. The initial disbursement is anticipated before June 30, 2020.

  • October 6, 2020: The initial disbursement was made on June 10, 2020. As of October 6, 2020, $791,430 was disbursed to 1491 students based on the primary calculation. An additional $9,200 was awarded out of the Contingency pool of funds to 14 applicants.
  • December 31, 2020: As of December 31, 2020, no additional funds were disbursed based on the primary calculation. A total of $32,600 was awarded out of the Contingency pool of funds to 51 applicants.
  • March 31, 2021: As of March 31, 2021, no additional funds were disbursed based on the primary calculation.  A total of $43,300 has been awarded out of the Contingency pool of funds to 64 applicants.  $1,808 remains to be disbursed.
  • June 30, 2021: As of June 30, 2021, no additional funds were disbursed based on the primary calculation.  A total of $45,108 has been awarded out of the Contingency pool of funds to 67 applicants, depleting the available contingency funds. All funds have been fully utilized.

d) 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 is approximately 1,500.

e) 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 May 22, 2020 is zero. The first disbursement is anticipated before June 30, 2020.

  • October 6, 2020: The initial disbursement was made on June 10, 2020. As of October 6, 2020, $791,430 was disbursed to 1491 students based on the primary calculation. An additional $9,200 was awarded out of the Contingency pool of funds to 14 applicants.
  • December 31, 2020: As of December 31, 2020, no additional funds were disbursed based on the primary calculation. A total of $32,600 was awarded out of the Contingency pool of funds to 51 applicants.
  • March 31, 2021: As of March 31, 2021, no additional funds were disbursed based on the primary calculation.  A total of $43,300 has been awarded out of the Contingency pool of funds to 64 applicants.  $1,808 remains to be disbursed.
  • June 30, 2021: As of June 30, 2021, no additional funds were disbursed based on the primary calculation.  A total of $45,108 has been awarded out of the Contingency pool of funds to 67 applicants, depleting the available contingency funds. All funds have been fully utilized.

f) 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 was based on enrollment status. 

CARES Act Policies & Procedures – Original (PDF)
CARES Act Policies & Procedures – September 30, 2020 (PDF)
CARES Act Policies & Procedures – December 31, 2020 (PDF)
CARES Act Policies & Procedures – March 31, 2021 (PDF)
CARES Act Policies & Procedures – June 30, 2021 (PDF)

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act – September 30, 2020 (PDF)
Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act – December 31, 2020 (PDF)
Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act – March 31, 2021 (PDF)
Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act – June 30, 2021 (PDF)

 

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)

  • Gwynedd Mercy University acknowledges that it has agreed to the terms and conditions outline by the U.S. Department of Education for funds received under the CRRSAA (HEERF II) program to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
     
  • The total amount of funds that the institution received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $836,538.  
     
  • As of June 30, 2021, the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under CRRSAA is $782,978.
     
  • The estimated total number of students at the institution that were eligible to receive the standard disbursement of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA is 1,312.
     
  • The total number of students who have received the standard disbursement of Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under the CRRSAA as of June 30, 2021 is 1,308. Supplemental appeal funding has been disbursed to an additional 11 students.
     
  • The method(s) used by Gwynedd Mercy University to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under the CRRSAA program is outlined below:
    • In alignment with the recommendations from the Secretary of Education, Gwynedd Mercy University distributed the funds to students who were enrolled in the Spring 2021 semester and were:
      • Graduate students who completed the FAFSA and were considered eligible for federal financial aid
      • Undergraduate students who completed the FAFSA and were eligible for a Pell Grant; this includes students enrolled in both online/accelerated and on-campus programs.
      • Undergraduate students who completed the FAFSA and had an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,000 or less; this includes students enrolled in both online/accelerated and on-campus programs.
    • Funding amounts, based on Spring 2021 enrollment status, were as follows:
      • Title-IV Eligible Graduate Students, based on the results of your FAFSA: $200
      • Pell Eligible Campus Undergraduate Students, based on the results of your FAFSA:
        • Less-Than-Half-Time (fewer than 6 credits): $238
        • Half-Time (6-8 credits): $476
        • Three-Quarter Time (9-11 credits): $713
        • Full Time (12 or more credits): $951
      • Pell Eligible Online/Accelerated Undergraduate Students, based on the results of your FAFSA:
        • Less-Than-Half-Time (fewer than 6 credits): $155
        • Half-Time (6-8 credits): $310
        • Three-Quarter Time (9-11 credits): $465
        • Full Time (12 or more credits): $620
      • Title-IV Eligible Campus Undergraduate Students with an EFC of $15,000 or less, based on the results of your FAFSA:
        • Less-Than-Half-Time (fewer than 6 credits): $160
        • Half-Time (6-8 credits): $320
        • Three-Quarter Time (9-11 credits): $479
        • Full Time (12 or more credits): $639
      • Title-IV Eligible Undergraduate Online/Accelerated Students with an EFC of $15,000 or less, based on the results of your FAFSA:
        • Less-Than-Half-Time (fewer than 6 credits): $120
        • Half-Time (6-8 credits): $240
        • Three-Quarter Time (9-11 credits): $359
        • Full Time (12 or more credits): $479
      • Once these standard disbursements were made, the remaining balance will be awarded via an application appeal process.
         
  • Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by Gwynedd Mercy University to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants, included notification of the following:
    • Eligibility to receive an award (emergency financial aid grant) through CRRSAA funding provided to the university.
    • The award/refund was generated from individual student accounts via direct deposit.
    • For those who do not have direct deposit, a check was mailed to the student’s permanent address.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CRRSSA – March 31, 2021
Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CRRSSA – June 30, 2021
 

American Rescue Plan (ARP) (HEERF III)

1) Gwynedd Mercy University acknowledges that it has agreed to the terms and conditions outline by the U.S. Department of Education for funds received under the ARP (HEERF III) program to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

2) The total amount of funds that the institution will has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the ARP HEERF III program is $2,485,473.  As of June 30, 2021, the University is in the process of determining the allocation of these funds. Distribution will be made during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under ARP – June 30, 2021