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HEERF II - UNG CARES II Program

Last year, UNG set aside $6.8 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to provide UNG CARES grants to eligible students currently enrolled who experienced educational disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, UNG has been awarded an additional $6.8 million through the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to continue to support students who have an exceptional need due to COVID-19. The funds will be disbursed automatically to eligible students February 15-19. Similar grants will also be available to students who continue their enrollment in summer semester.

Students who received UNG CARE funds before may not necessarily receive funds this time due to more strict eligibility requirements.

Are the HEERF II (UNG CARES II) funding and program the same as the first HEERF (UNG CARES)?

No, the two are not exactly the same.  The new funding requires emphasis on students with exceptional need due to COVID-19; therefore, there are different eligibility requirements.  In addition, students enrolled in all online classes, who meet the other eligibility requirements, may receive HEERF II (UNG CARES II) funds.

UNG CARES

Who is Eligible for an Automatic Disbursement

To receive a disbursement of federal aid through the HEERF II (UNG CARES II) program, a UNG student must:

  • be enrolled for spring semester as of February 8, 2021;
  • have completed a FAFSA for 2020-2021; and
  • be eligible for Title IV financial aid, with an estimated family contribution of $5,700 or less.

Federal guidelines exclude undocumented and international students from receiving HEERF II (UNG CARES II) funds. Also excluded are transient students and those who are enrolled as non-degree-seeking students.   

The amount of automatic disbursements will range from $200 to $500 per student and will vary based upon need, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education and number of credit hours enrolled.

How Do Students Get Their Disbursement?

The timing of your refund will be determined by having a refund preference set-up.  Check your refund preference status NOW to ensure the fastest possible deposit of funds.

Failure to set-up a refund preference prior to February 12, 2021, may cause a minimum 14-day delay in receiving these funds.

For assistance, contact the UNG Business Office.

Will HEERF II (UNG CARES II) automatic disbursements be provided for summer semester?

Yes, we plan to provide HEERF II (UNG CARES II) funding for summer semester to continuing students, as funding remains available, based upon the same eligibility requirements as spring semester. The disbursements will range from $200 to $400 per student for summer and will be based on summer semester enrollment at the end of full session drop/add.

When should I expect to receive the HEERF II (UNG CARES II) automatic disbursement?

Spring 2021 disbursements should appear on Banner student accounts the week of February 15 - 19, 2021, and refunds will begin by the end of that week.

How were eligibility requirements determined and why are there exclusions?

Eligibility parameters were established based upon several factors, including stipulations in the federal HEERF II Act, federal law, U.S. Department of Education guidelines, and University System of Georgia guidance. UNG used those criteria to assist as many students as possible with the emphasis on those with exceptional need due to COVID-19.

HEERF II (UNG CARES II) Emergency Grant

Students who are facing specific hardships may apply for the UNG CARES II Emergency Grant to receive up to $700 in assistance. The Emergency Grant applications will be reviewed and placed on student accounts weekly. Funds will be available until the fund is exhausted.

Eligibility

To be eligible, students must:

For assistance, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

If a student gets the automatic disbursement of HEERF II (UNG CARES II) funding, can they still apply for the Emergency Grant?

Yes; receiving the spring and/or summer automatic disbursement of HEERF II (UNG CARES II) funding does not limit a student's eligibility to apply for the Emergency Grant.

 

How were eligibility requirements determined and why are there exclusions?

Eligibility parameters were established based upon several factors, including stipulations in the federal HEERF II Act, federal law, U.S. Department of Education guidelines, and University System of Georgia guidance. UNG used those criteria to assist as many students as possible with the emphasis on those with exceptional need due to COVID-19.

Will emergency grants be available for summer semester?

As funding remains available, the HEERF II (UNG CARES II) Program will fund Emergency Grants for summer, based on summer semester enrollment as of the end of full session drop/add.

HEERF II (UNG CARES II) Budget and Disbursement

HEERF II (UNG CARES II) Original Budget Expended Date Expended Remaining Number of Students
Updated March 17, 2021.
Spring Grant Disbursement $2,400,000 $2,054,950 2/12/2021 $345,050 5,105
$200 2/18/2021 $344,850 1
$53,950.00 4/13/2021 $290,900 180
Emergency Grants $2,418,241 $443,356 2/18/2021 768
$107,846 2/19/2021 184
$47,825 2/23/2021 70
$17,050 3/2/2021 26
$85,557 3/9/2021 0
$11,432 3/10/2021 18
$12,800 3/12/2021 19
$13,350 3/17/2021 20
$35,980 3/18/2021 60
$42,894 3/24/2021 67
$31,445 3/26/2021 47
$16,973 4/2/2021 16
$12,740 4/13/2021 19
$1,538,993 1,314 (Total)
Summer Grant Disbursements $1,000,000
Fall Grant Disbursements $1,000,000
Total $6,818,241 6,191

Institutional & SIP Reports

Review the HEERF Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion and 18004(a)(2) SIP:

HEERF I - UNG CARES 2020

UNG received $6.8 million through the CARES Act Student Portion and used those funds to provide automatic and immediate UNG CARES Program grants to eligible students who were enrolled for the spring 2020 semester for expenses related to educational disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UNG will prioritized grants to students with the greatest levels of financial need using established processes to distribute need-based institutional aid. Similar grants were also available to continuing students who enroll for summer semester.

As of June 23, 2020, all funds have been disbursed.

Review President Jacob's communication to our students announcing the program.

What Students Need to Do for Automatic Grant

Each eligible student selected a refund preference to receive UNG CARES funds in a timely manner. Failure to complete this process delayed receipt of the funds for a minimum of 14 days.

Will UNG CARES automatic disbursements be provided for summer semester?

Yes, we plan to provide UNG CARES funding for summer semester to continuing students, as funding remains available, based upon the same eligibility requirements as spring semester. The disbursements will range from $100 to $400 per student for summer and will be based on summer semester enrollment as of June 3, 2020.

As of June 23, 2020, all funds have been disbursed.

When should a student expect to receive the UNG CARES automatic disbursement?

As of June 23, 2020, all funds have been disbursed.

Spring 2020 disbursements should appear on Banner student accounts the week of April 27-May 1, and refunds will begin by the end of that week. 

Summer 2020 disbursements will appear on Banner student accounts beginning June 3, and refunds will begin the week of June 8. 

The timing of the refund will be determined by having a refund preference set-up .  

Failure to set-up a refund preference prior to April 27 may cause a minimum 14-day delay in receiving these funds. For assistance contact the Business Office.

How did UNG determine which students would receive UNG CARES Program funds and how much those students would receive?

As directed by the U.S. Department of Education and the University System of Georgia, UNG determined which students are eligible to receive UNG CARES Program funding based upon eligibility to receive federal Title IV financial aid and enrollment status. For spring semester UNG CARES Emergency Grants eligible students with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) greater than 15,000 received $100. Eligible students with an EFC of 15,000 or less and enrolled in 1-5 credit hours received $200. Eligible students with an EFC of 15,000 or less and enrolled in 6-11 credit hours received $250. Eligible students with an EFC of 15,000 or less and enrolled full-time (a minimum of 12 hours) received $500.

Summer semester disbursements will be calculated using the same methodology for allocations of $100 - $400.  UNG CARES Emergency Grants, with a maximum grant of $700, are available to eligible students by application until all funds are expended

UNG CARES Emergency Grant & UNG Emergency Funds

As of June 23, 2020, all funds have been disbursed.

UNG CARES Emergency Grant

Students who faced specific hardships applied for the UNG CARES Emergency Grant to receive up to $700 in further assistance. The funds were used for expenses related to COVID-19-related disruptions as allowable under the stipulations of the federal CARES Act (i.e., housing, utilities, food, technology, books, supplies, transportation, gas, and insurance). The Emergency Grant applications will be reviewed and placed on student accounts daily. 

As of June 23, 2020, all funds have been disbursed.

If a student gets the automatic disbursement of UNG CARES funding, can they still apply for the Emergency Grant?

Yes, receiving the spring and/or summer automatic disbursement of UNG CARES funding does not limit a student's eligibility to apply for the Emergency Grant.

As of June 23, 2020, all funds have been disbursed.

What is the maximum amount of the UNG CARES Emergency Grant?

The maximum amount of funding available via the UNG CARES Emergency Grant is $700 per student and will be available until federal funds have been exhausted.

As of June 23, 2020, all funds have been disbursed.

UNG Emergency Fund

The UNG Foundation is partnering with UNG’s Office of Financial Aid and the Student Money Management Center to provide resources for those who may not be eligible for federal CARES Act funding, and there are likely additional resources available to assist with emergency needs. Please contact the Student Money Management Center or Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Need More Help?

For additional information and assistance, visit the Financial Aid, Business Office, or UNG's Learning Remotely webpages.  You may also email Financial Aid or the Business Office.

In addition, counselors in the Student Money Management Center are available to advise students on how they can access other resources, including financial coaching and debt management. 

UNG CARES Program Data

UNG CARES Program Details Original Budget Amended Budget Expended Remaining Estimated Number of Students to Receive Funds Students Receiving Funds
Updated June 23, 2020. Funds fully expended.
Spring CARES Allocation $3,340,000 $3,460,700 $3,460,700 $0.00 11,301 11,841
Summer CARES Allocation $1,860,000 $1,222,700 $1,222,700 $0.00 5,500 5,870
UNG CARES Emergency Grant $1,618,241 $2,134,841 $2,134,841 $0.00 2,500 3,823
Total $6,818,241 $6,818,241 $6,818,241 $0.00 19,301 21,534

UNG has signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement, including the assurance that UNG 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. The total allocation for UNG is $13,636,481.

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