Keiser University CARES Act Student Emergency Grants Policy - Keiser University
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Keiser University CARES Act Student Emergency Grants Policy

Keiser University has adopted a flexible approach to administering emergency grants to students negatively impacted by the COVID-19 economic crisis. In creating this policy, the University seeks to achieve five goals:

  • To expeditiously develop and implement a plan to distribute CARES Act funds to Keiser University Students.
  • To adhere to CARES Act requirements and Department of Education interpretive guidance in distributing funds.
  • To create a process for awarding of funds that is defensible, replicable, and equitable – a process which will stand up to predictable future scrutiny (auditors, legislators, media, etc.).
  • To distribute funds in a manner that best ensures student support in light of COVID-19 and economic challenges.
  • To utilize existing processes and automate the awarding, distribution, and tracking process to the greatest degree possible.

Eligibility

Title IV (federal financial aid) Status
Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. If a student has filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated this portion of eligibility. Students who have not filed a FAFSA must do so before applying for a KU CARES Act grant; this application may be submitted online. The criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include but are not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting. To determine eligibility, follow this link.

Military Veterans
KU students receiving military benefits to pay for their education who have not completed a FAFSA will receive the maximum grant for their enrollment status as part-time or full-time.  Those who have completed a FAFSA will be awarded CARES Act grants as according to the procedure outlined under “Initial Grants” below.

Online Enrollment
If a student was enrolled exclusively in an online program on March 13, 2020, the date of the President’s Proclamation, “Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak,” Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 53 at 1533738, he/she are not eligible for CARES Act emergency financial aid grants.

Student Status
A student must have been enrolled as a full-time or part-time degree seeking student, and not enrolled 100% online, on March 13, 2020 to receive Initial Grant Aid. Students must also have filed a FAFSA and have an EFC on file at the institution(Expected Family Contribution), except for military veterans receiving military aid to study at KU.

Eligibility for CARES Act Funds

To be eligible to receive federal CARES Act funds, students must:

  1. Have been enrolled at Keiser University on March 13, 2020, the date of President Trump’s Proclamation, “Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak.”
  2. Have completed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Aid) and have an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) on file at KU.
    – Military veterans who have not completed a FAFSA and who are receiving military benefits to study at KU do not need to complete a FAFSA.
  3. Have been enrolled part-time or full-time as a degree-seeking student on March 13, 2020.
  4. Not have been enrolled in 100% online courses on March 13, 2020; that is, students enrolled exclusively in online classes on March 13, 2020 are not eligible to receive CARES Act funds.
  5. Attest that they have experienced financial emergencies related to the disruption of campus operations caused by COVID-19.

Initial Grant Aid

In an effort to distribute aid to students in an expeditious manner, and recognizing that KU students disproportionately rely on income from the stifled Florida service economy, all eligible full-time and part-time KU students with an Expected Family Contribution (“EFC” generated by FAFSA application)  will receive a one time grant. In order to qualify for this funding, students must have been enrolled as full-time or part-time degree seeking students, or on a University-approved leave of absence, on March 13, 2020.

One-time grant awards for KU students meeting all eligibility requirements will be made as follows:

  • Full-time with EFC of $0 – $5,501 (“Pell eligible” for undergraduate students) = $1,000
  • Part-time with EFC of $0 – $5,000 (“Pell eligible” for undergraduate students) $500
  • Full-time with EFC of $$5,502 – $15,000 = $750
  • Part-time with EFC of $5,001 – $15,000 = $375

Students will automatically receive grant funds via check or direct deposit, depending on the preference indicated at registration.

Approximately 65% of CARES Act funds specified for students will be distributed through Initial Grant Aid and students should receive notification of their grant awards, via KU email account, by May 25, 2020.

CARES Grants II

The second round of grants will be awarded in lesser amounts and in a similar fashion as the Initial Grants.  Distribution dates will be posted on this page once the dates are determined so please check back for details.

Students will automatically receive emergency grant funds via check or direct deposit, depending on the preference indicated at registration.

Students who received Initial Grant Aid will also be eligible for  CARES Grants II, in addition to eligible students who did not receive Initial Grant Aid due to their EFC.

Approximately 20% of CARES Act funds specified for students will be distributed through CARES Grants II, and students will receive notification of their grant awards, via KU email account.

CARES Grants III

The third and final round of grants will be awarded in lesser amounts and in a similar fashion as the Initial Grants and CARES Grants II.  Distribution dates will be posted on this page once the dates are determined so please check back for details.

Students will automatically receive emergency grant funds via check or direct deposit, depending on the preference indicated at registration.

Students who received Initial Grant Aid will also receive CARES Grants III, in addition to eligible students who did not receive Initial Grant Aid due to their EFC.

Approximately 15% of CARES Act funds specified for students will be distributed through CARES Grants III, and students will receive notification of their grant awards, via their KU email account.

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