HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND REPORTING: EMERGENCY FINANCIAL AID GRANTS TO STUDENTS

University of New England

CARES Act Reporting Student Reporting (HEERF I)

Overview

University of New England 30-Day Fund Report Overview: Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the Act to submit (in a time and manner required by the Secretary) a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”).

On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education posted their reporting requirements for HEERF participating institutions.

Each HEERF participating institution is responsible for providing this information in report format (the “30-day Fund Report”). In addition, these participating institutions are required to post the information listed below on the institution’s primary website. Accordingly, the following information will be easily accessible to the public and made available 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter. The Department of Education subsequently changed the “every 45 days” to “no later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter” for reporting on the organization’s website.

The University of New England (UNE) hereby addresses the detailed accounting of the use and expenditure of the funds for the “30-day Fund Report” and each required reporting period thereafter:
 

  1. An acknowledgment 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.

    UNE Response: UNE completed and submitted the Funding Certification Agreement on Friday, April 15, 2020. The University of New England (UNE) does acknowledges that it signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, funds received under CARES, with the Grant Award Notification dated April 22, 2020, to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. A team was established from financial aid, student affairs, and finance and administration in order to deliver 50% of the funding to students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  2. 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.

    UNE Response: UNE received $682,916 in funding to be distributed among its applicants.

  3. 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).

    UNE Response: No funding was given to students at the initial 30-day reporting period.

    UNE Response: Reference item 5 below for the amount distributed at each reporting period.

  4. 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.

    UNE Response: We anticipate up to 5,254 Title IV eligible students are able to participate in the CARES emergency grant program.

  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

    UNE Response: On May 18, 2020, UNE awarded $432,500 to 865 students in emergency Financial Aid Grant from the CARES Act Funds program.

    UNE Response: As of June 26, 2020, UNE has awarded $622,000 to 1,244 students in emergency Financial Aid Grants from the CARES Act Funds program,

    UNE Response: As of August 10, 2020, UNE has awarded $622,000 to 1,244 students in emergency Financial Aid Grants from the CARES Act Funds program. We are in the process of determining final grants which will be awarded in the fall of 2020 on a case-by-case basis until funds are exhausted.

    UNE Response: As of September 30, 2020, UNE has awarded $622,000 to 1,244 students in emergency Financial Aid Grants from the CARES Act Funds program. We are in the process of determining final grants which will be awarded in the fall of 2020 on a case-by-case basis until funds are exhausted.

    UNE Response: As of December 31, 2020, UNE has awarded $625,500 to 1,248 students in emergency Financial Aid Grants from the CARES Act Funds program. During the quarter ended December 31, 2020 $3,500 was expended. We are in the process of determining final grants which will be awarded in the spring of 2021 on a case-by-case basis until the funds are exhausted.

    UNE Response: As of March 31, 2021, UNE has awarded $682,916 to 1,268 students in emergency Financial Aid Grants from the CARES Act Funds program. During the quarter ended March 31, 2021 $57416 was expended. We have expended our full allocation of CARES funds.

  6. 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.

    UNE Response: We are using an application process for students to apply for the funding. Students are required to complete an application and specifically cite the emergency financial need and extenuating factors causing hardship.

    UNE has determined to spread the funding to as many students as possible as quickly as possible; therefore, a $500 emergency CARES Act payment was sent to students deemed eligible in accordance with CARES Act guidelines that submitted an application.

    UNE will continue to work with students in hardship situations and award funding on a case-by-case basis until funds are exhausted.

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

    UNE Response: We have sent emails to students to encourage them to apply for the CARES Grant funding. The instructions are straight forward and students are able to access the application from UNE website. We provided detailed instructions and FAQ information on CARES Act Funds. In addition, we also posted information to University COVID-19 Alerts. We are monitoring applications received and responding as soon as possible to requests and questions.

CRRSAA Student Reporting (HEERF II)

The University of New England received funds under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (“CRRSAA”) for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) for grants to students.

The following information is provided to report how these funds have been used.

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

    The University of New England (UNE) does acknowledges that it accepted the Grant Award Notification issued by the Department on May 24, 2021 and the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, funds received under ARP HEERF III to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
     
  2. 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 under the ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

    The University has been awarded $2,693,367 in HEERF III funds under ARP (America Rescue Plan) from the Department of Education to be used to support students impacted by the pandemic.

  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under the ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the initial report and every calendar quarter thereafter).

    UNE Response: Reference item 5 below for the amount distributed at each reporting period.

  4. The estimated total number of students at the institution that are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

    ARP HEERF III requires the University to prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants in the awarding of HEERF III grants to students. However, the University is not required to only provide HEERF III funds only to Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants. In addition, student are not required to be Title IV eligible nor are they required to file a FAFSA.

    As of June 30, 2021, UNE enrolled 5,103 students title IV-eligible students as indicated by FAFSA filings eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under ARP HEERF III.

  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under the ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

    UNE Response: As of June 30, 2021, UNE did not expend ARP HEERF III funds to students.

    UNE Response: As of September 30, 2021, UNE has awarded $142,500 to 95 students in emergency Financial Aid Grants from the ARP HEERF III program. During the quarter ending September 30, 2021 $142,500 was expended.

  6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under the CRRSAA (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

    UNE awarded CRRSAA HEERF II Emergency Financial Aid Grants based on exceptional financial need to undergraduate students enrolled at least half-time in the spring of 2021 and had filed a FAFSA. Students with high financial need as determined by their Expected Financial Contribution (EFC), the number calculated by information provided on the FAFSA, were considered for grants. Specifically, students with and EFC of 5,711 or less Received $1,000 or $500 depending on enrollment level. Students with an EFC between 5,712 - 12,000 received $500 or $250 depending on enrollment level.

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

    UNE sent communications to undergraduate students who received awards. Students are encouraged to visit the student financial services website for an overview information about the CRRSAA HEERF II Act grants to students, as well as other financial relief related to COVID-19.

ARP Student Reporting (HEERF III)

The University of New England received funds under the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARP”) for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III) for grants to students.

The following information is provided to report how these funds have been used.

  1. An acknowledgment that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

    The University of New England (UNE) does acknowledge that it accepted the Grant Award Notification issued by the Department on May 24, 2021 and the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, funds received under ARP HEERF III to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. 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 under the ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

    The University has been awarded $2,693,367 in HEERF III funds under ARP (America Rescue Plan) from the Department of Education to be used to support students impacted by the pandemic.

  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under the ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the initial report and every calendar quarter thereafter).

    UNE Response: Reference item 5 below for the amount distributed at each reporting period.

  4. The estimated total number of students at the institution that are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

    ARP HEERF III requires the University to prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants in the awarding of HEERF III grants to students. However, the University is not required to only provide HEERF III funds only to Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants. In addition, student are not required to be Title IV eligible nor are they required to file a FAFSA.

    As of June 30, 2021, UNE enrolled 5,103 students title IV-eligible students as indicated by FAFSA filings eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under ARP HEERF III.

  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under the ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

    UNE Response: As of June 30, 2021, UNE did not expend ARP HEERF III funds to students.

    UNE Response: As of September 30, 2021, UNE has awarded $142,500 to 95 students in emergency Financial Aid Grants from the ARP HEERF III program. During the quarter ending September 30, 2021 $142,500 was expended.

HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND REPORTING: EMERGENCY GRANTS TO INSTITUTIONS

University of New England “Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting”

Overview

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), Public Law 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (signed into law on March 27, 2020), authorizes the U.S. Secretary of Education (“Secretary”) to allocate an institutional portion for organizations to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus. Subsequently referred to as HEERF I.

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (“CRRSAA”), Public Law 116-260(signed into law on December 27, 2020), provides additional institutional grants for organizations to assist with expenses and lost revenue associated with the coronavirus pandemic. Referred to as HEERF II.

The American Rescue Plan Act (“ARP”), Public Law 117-2 (signed into law on March 11, 2021), provides additional institutional grants for organizations to assist with expenses and lost revenue associated with the coronavirus pandemic. Referred to as HEERF III.

UNE will comply with all reporting requirements of the CARES Act as the Secretary may require.



The required institutional reporting is a posting to the UNE website of the “Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion” as follows:

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