Department of Education Award for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund of the CARES Act—Q & As

Sweet Briar College has received an award of $136,245 from the Department of Education through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) of the CARES Act.  The funds are to be used to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (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 the Department of Education, Sweet Briar College is providing information to its community and the public about the use of these funds on its website, by answering the following seven questions within 30 days of receiving its funding allocation. The College will update this information every 45 days thereafter.

Questions about the Emergency Financial Aid Grants can be directed to Sweet Briar’s Office of Financial Aid by calling 1-800-381-6156 or by emailing financialaid@sbc.edu.

Questions & Answers

  1. Has the institution acknowledged that it signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and has the institution made assurances that it 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?
    Yes. On behalf of Sweet Briar College, Vice President for Finance, Operations & Auxiliary Enterprises Luther T. Griffith signed and returned the institution’s Certification and Agreement on April 22, 2020, as part of the College’s application for funding, submitted on that date through grants.gov. By signing and submitting the document, Sweet Briar College assures the Department of Education that it 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.
  2. What is 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?
    Sweet Briar College received $136,245 on May 5, 2020 for its HEERF Emergency Financial Aid Grant to Students (PR/Award Number P425E200239-20B).
  3. What is 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 June 4, 2020 (30 days after the College received the funds), the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students is zero. Sweet Briar College plans to distribute the funds in July 2020.
  4. What is 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?
    229 students.
  5. What is 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 June 4, 2020 (30 days after the College received the funds), the total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant is zero. Sweet Briar intends to distribute the funds in July 2020.
  6. What is 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?
    Sweet Briar College is examining various approaches to distribute the grants, including to evenly divide the aid grants among all active students as of a specified date (e.g., July 1, 2020) who are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
  7. Have any instructions, directions, or guidance been provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants?
    Sweet Briar College plans to include a letter of guidance concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants when it distributes the aid checks to the student recipients by mail.

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