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The Federal government recently enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, an economic relief fund for those impacted by COVID-19. A portion of these funds was directed to provide emergency financial aid grants to impacted college students. However, the U.S. Department of Education does not allow these funds to be used for international students, undocumented students, non-matriculated students or students enrolled in distance-only degree programs. Because TESU students are predominantly online, only students enrolled in the University’s Accelerated BSN Program were eligible to apply for the funding.
The University received $17,249 in CARES Act funding and 100% of those funds were committed to provide relief for students by way of emergency grants. The University disbursed $17,249 in funds directly to less than 10 students that applied. There was a total of the 46 eligible students. Under U.S. Department of Education guidelines, awarded funds must be used for food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare expenses related to disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Eligible students were invited to apply and each applicant was reviewed by the University’s Scholarship Committee. The University’s Scholarship Program does not discriminate based on religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, marital status, or disability. Grant amounts were determined based on the number of applications received and the specific needs demonstrated in the application. Award recipients are notified via the email noted on the scholarship application and checks are mailed to the student’s address of record unless requested otherwise. The institution signed and returned to the US DOE the Certification and Agreement.