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:
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 by June 15, 2020 to be eligible 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.
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.
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.
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.
To be eligible to receive federal CARES Act funds, students must:
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:
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.
The second round of grants were awarded on July 2, 2020, and with the same eligibility criteria as Initial Grants. All eligible students, were awarded grants under CARES Grants II following the schedule below.
Full-time with EFC of $0 – $5,501 = $230
Part-time with EFC of $0 – $5,000 = $115
Full-time with EFC of $6,196 – $15,000 = $175
Part-time with EFC of $5,001 – $15,000 = $90
Full-time with EFC of >$15,000 = $380
Part-time with EFC of >$15,000 = $190
Students automatically received emergency grant funds via check or direct deposit, depending on the preference indicated at registration.
Approximately 18% of CARES Act funds specified for students will be distributed through CARES Grants II, bringing the cumulative total of grant funds distributed to students to 81%. Students received notification of their grant awards via their school email account.
The third and final round of grants will be awarded in very similar amounts and in the same eligible student categories as CARES Grants II. The third and final round of grants will be distributed by August 4, 2020.
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 19% 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 school email account.
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