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CARES Act Reporting

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 signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the Department that includes the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent received under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

The University committed 100% of those funds to provide relief for students by way of emergency grants. All of the funds were disbursed directly to students in May 2020. The University does not have any remaining funds. 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.


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