On March 27, 2020 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) was signed into federal law. Included in the Act was the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to support college students whose education was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic with financial grants. These emergency grants are intended to assist students with unanticipated expenses for food, housing, academic course materials, technology, health care and childcare.
Following the parameters of DOE guidance, Norwich created its eligibility calculation using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Grants will be provided to students who meet federal eligibility criteria and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $10,972 or less.
Eligible expenses were calculated using the average daily national reimbursement rate as defined by the federal government for room, meals, and incidentals. This total average daily rate of $151 was multiplied by the number of days students were not able to remain on campus for the spring semester (57 days), for a total cost proxy of $8,607. Eligible students will receive a percentage of this proxy in an amount of $880, $1,050, or $1,200 depending on their EFC.
These funds are emergency relief grants provided by the federal government and are not considered to be part of a student’s typical financial aid package. Additionally, per the Internal Revenue Service, these funds are categorized as disaster relief payments under section 130 of the Internal Revenue Code and are excluded from taxable income.
HEERF grants will be provided directly to students through our normal refund system, NUPay. Students who have not already done so can provide direct deposit banking information by logging into their NUPay Account and selecting Manage Refunds. If we do not have direct deposit information for a student, a check will be sent to the mailing address of record.