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CSU and the CARES Act

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

[Updated August 20, 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.

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 244 eligible students who had completed a FAFSA on May 5, 2020. 210 Full time residential students were awarded $1,000 each, 32 full time commuter students were awarded $500 each, and 2 part time students were provided $41.67 per credit based on SP20 enrollment (grants ranged from $375-$458). The initial round of awards totaled $226,833.
  • 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, an additional 10 students were provided $1,000 each. The second round of awards totaled $10,000.
  • 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 20 students ranging from $750-$1,500 depending on the needs that were described. The third round of awards totaled $27,250.

The cumulative total awards to students as of August 20, 2020 is $264,083 to 254 students. 276 students were identified as potentially eligible, some of which required additional verification due to having not previously completed a FAFSA.

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.