CARES Grant Reports

Federal CARES Grant Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I) Report Data.

The 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF I) to TU for CARES HEERF I grants to students.  These funds helped eligible TU students with expenses related to housing, food, health care, child care, course materials, additional technology requirements, unanticipated travel, or other expenses related to coronavirus disruptions.

(The reporting requirements for the HEERF II funds from the CRRSAA act haven't been defined yet.)

2020 CARES HEERF I - Student Portion Report Data

TU completed the U.S. Department of Education Certification and Agreement forms for both the student portion (50%) and the Institutional portion (50%) of the 2020 CARES Act funds in April 2020.  We estimate that the following number of TU students met all of the minimum federal requirements to qualify for these grants as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, Section 484 of the Higher Education Act, and Section 18004 of the CARES Act:

  • 14,684 Eligible Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 Students
  • 15,476 Eligible Fall 2020, Winter 2021, and Spring 2021 Students
  • 19,726 students from all 5 semesters (Spring 2020 through Spring 2021)

As of February 12, 2021, TU has used all of the funds received from the student portion of the CARES HEERF I Funds ($8,667,926) to provide CARES Grants to 7,317 students.

Federal CARES Grant Distribution Formula

Towson University’s federal CARES HEERF I Grant distribution formula was based on the U.S. Department of Education’s recommendation to distribute funds to our most needy students first. We also recognized that other students and their families were also facing challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We awarded 16% ($1,390,159.97) of our CARES funds through the TU Student Emergency Grant application process to 1,868 students from the Spring 2020 through Fall 2020 terms.  We awarded 77% ($6,656,143) of our CARES student grant funds to 5,676 spring 2020 Pell Grant students, 3% ($263,004) of automatic CARES Grants awards to 158 students from the two additional groups of Fall 2020 students defined below, and the remaining 4% ($358,619.03) to the 255 Spring 2021 Pell Grant students defined below.  

Spring 2020 CARES Grants to Pell Students

We awarded most of our CARES funds to spring 2020 Pell Grant students who were still enrolled in the spring 2020 semester as of 5/6/2020, and we notified all of these recipients by email.  We included our Spring 2020 Pell Grant recipients and some additional Pell eligible students who didn't receive spring Pell Grant payments because of Pell Grant enrollment and aggregate payment restrictions. These Federal CARES Grants were based on the following award formula:

Full-time (12 or more units) $1,226
¾ time (9-11 units) $920
½ time (6-8 units) $613
¼ time (1-5 units) $307

Additional Automatic CARES Grants

During the Fall 2020 semester, we awarded $128,386 (1.5% of budget) in automatic CARES Grants to students whose MHEC Guaranteed Access Grants were reduced because they had to leave their on-campus housing assignments after the fall semester started.  We also awarded $134,618 (1.6% of budget) in automatic CARES Grants to former Fall 2020 Resident Assistants who lost their fall room and dining plan benefits because they had to leave their RA positions after the Fall 2020 semester started.  Both of these groups received Federal CARES Grants to help them with their fall meal expenses at home during the Fall 2020 semester.  We notified these recipients by email. 

Spring 2021 CARES Grants to Pell Students

The 2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) allocated additional HEERF II funds to TU and authorized new award rules for any remaining HEERF I funds.  We awarded all of our remaining HEERF I (CARES) funds ($358,619.03) to Spring 2021 students who met the following criteria when we selected recipients on 2/12/2021.

We included our Spring 2021 Pell Grant recipients and some additional Pell eligible students who didn't receive spring Pell Grant payments because of Pell Grant enrollment and aggregate payment restrictions.  We didn't include students with SAP suspension status; incomplete FAFSA Verification statuses; students whose financial need was already fully met by other grants, scholarships, or tuition waivers; or students who already received their standard HEERF Grant limit from a spring 2021 Emergency Grant.  These HEERF Grants ranged from $1,600 to $400 based on recipients spring enrollment levels (full-time, 3/4, 1/2, or 1/4 time).

These additional CARES (HEERF I) Grant payments fully expended all our remaining 2020 CARES Grant funds, but we will still have additional 2021 HEERF II funds available to support additional HEERF Emergency Grants

Federal CARES Emergency Grant Criteria

All TU students who are experiencing financial disruptions because of the coronavirus can also submit a TU Student Emergency Grant application to apply for Federal HEERF funds and non-federal funds from the TU Foundation and other non-federal sources. To receive federal CARES (HEERF I) funds, students had to meet all of the following requirements:

  • Submitted a 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and met all of these federal aid eligibility requirements.
  • Students must have been enrolled at TU during the Spring 2020 through Fall 2020 semesters when they applied for their HEERF Emergency Grants
  • Students must have been undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in a degree program or eligible graduate certificate programs.
  • Students who received any of the automatic grants described above were also eligible to apply for additional CARES funds through the Emergency Grant application process.  When reviewing those requests the Emergency Grant review committee considered each student's needs and the funds they had already received from the automatic CARES Grants above.

Students who were only enrolled in the following online graduate programs were not eligible for HEERF Grants during the Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters:



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