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CSU and the CARES Act

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

[Updated October 27, 2020]
The CARES Act, through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, provided funding for colleges and universities as well as for students. Clarks Summit University has signed and returned the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement for both the student and institutional portion of the grant and was subsequently awarded $596,633.

Information about Clarks Summit University’s use of institutional funds can be found here.

Clarks Summit University intends to use 50% ($298,317) of this funding to provide Direct Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

To be eligible a student must have been eligible to participate in programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. Criteria included, but is not limited to: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen, a valid Social Security number, registration with the Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in approved homeschool setting. Students who were enrolled exclusively online as of March 13, 2020 were not eligible for an Emergency Financial Aid Grant.

Clarks Summit University has issued Emergency Cash grants on three occasions.

  • Initial grants were provided to eligible students who had completed a FAFSA on May 5, 2020. Full time residential students were awarded $1,000 each, full time commuter students were awarded $500 each, and part time students were provided $41.67 per credit based on SP20 enrollment.
  • A second round of grants was issued after Financial Aid contacted students who had not completed a FAFSA and verified that they were otherwise eligible for the grant.
  • Students who had an exceptional financial need were provided the opportunity to complete a short application describing their financial need. Clarks Summit University issued a third round of additional Emergency Cash grants to these students on August 12, 2020.

Summary of grants as of October 27, 2020:

Date Students Min Max Total
5/5/2020 244 $375 $1,000 $226,833
5/14/2020 10 $1,000 $1,000 $10,000
8/12/2020 20 $375 $2,500 $27,250
Total 254 $375 $2,500 $264,083

NOTE: August 12 grants were issued to students who had already received an initial grant. Total of 274 grants given to 254 unique students.

Students were informed in writing that they could use this grant for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. Students were informed that they were not required to provide Clarks Summit University with any information on how the grant was used.

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