Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
- Milligan University signed and returned the Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on April 12, 2020. The University signed and returned the Funding Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Formula Grants Authorized by Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act on April 26, 2020. The University intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.
- The University received $742,753 from the US Department of Education; at least half of this amount or $371,377, will be used for emergency financial aid grants to students.
- As of May 29, 2020, the University disbursed $371,590 in emergency financial aid grants to students. In addition, the University refunded a portion of room charges for the spring semester utilizing 100%, or $371,376, of the institutional portion of the HEERF grant funds to offset these expenses.
- The University estimates that 916 students are eligible to participate in programs under 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.
- The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant as of May 29, 2020 is 916. All checks were issued by May 29, 2020 and were mailed by June 2, 2020.
- The University reviewed the guidance that has been released by National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and information provided on the website of Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) to determine an approach for awarding emergency student aid grants. The University determined to create categories of students who would have incurred the same types of COVID-19 related expenses. The following expense categories were established:
For technology grants, all students were required to maintain internet service during this period of transition to a fully online educational format, therefore, each eligible student received $100 to aid in providing for internet service in their home in order to complete the spring 2020 semester. Spring break was extended for one week allowing time for faculty to create online course materials; classes resumed on March 23, 2020 in a fully online environment. The spring semester ended on May 7, 2020.
The travel grants were awarded to residential students who left for spring break on March 5, 2020 without any knowledge that they would not be allowed to return to their residence halls when spring break ended. The residential students were asked to schedule a time to return to campus between May 1 – 23, 2020 to collect their belongings from their residence halls. Students whose permanent residence is less than 50 miles from campus received $40 grant; students who live between 51-250 miles away from campus were awarded a $95 grant; students who live between 251-1000 miles from campus were awarded a $150 grant; and students living more than 1000 miles from campus were awarded a $225 grant.
The board grants were awarded to residential students who had purchased a meal plan for the spring semester and were not allowed to return to campus to take advantage of meals that had already been purchased. These students incurred unexpected costs for meals due to the campus closure for the remainder of the spring semester. Each student who was on a full board plan received $730 to cover food expenses.
- The University provided information to students about the upcoming emergency financial aid grants in an email to campus on May 18, 2020, which instructed students to review their permanent address in Self Service so that a check could be mailed for these grant awards. Students were reminded that grant funds will be shown on the 1098-T for 2020 as financial aid.
The instructions regarding the eligibility and distribution of emergency financial aid grants were provided to students via an email from the President’s office on May 18, 2020. The instructions specified that the distribution of funds will be processed by the Student Financial Services office; grant funds will be reported on 1098-T for 2020; funds will be paid by paper check and mailed to the student’s permanent address as shown in Self Service. The distribution of funds to eligible students will begin after May 20, 2020. If you meet the eligibility criteria and have not received funding by June 20, 2020, please contact the Student Financial Services at email@example.com. In the meantime, please verify that your mailing address is accurate in Self-Service.