Huntingdon College COVID 19 Emergency Grants to Students Guidance
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provides financial support to higher education institutions for the purpose of providing financial support to offset the cost of expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Huntingdon College signed and returned to the Department of Education (ED) the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement and in doing so provided assurance that the College has used, or intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act for the sole purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants directly to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.
In compliance with stated guidelines regarding funds received by Huntingdon College under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, approximately $615,000 will be distributed directly to students in the form of Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
The CARES Act requires that students who receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Students who have filed a completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the 2019-2020 academic year have demonstrated Section 484, Title IV eligibility. Therefore, students who meet the following requirements are eligible and encouraged to apply for Emergency Financial Aid Grants:
- Completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov;
- Not enrolled as a Distance Learning student (i.e., no face to face classes)
before the onset of COVID 19;
- Have a valid social security number;
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
- If male over age 17, be registered for U.S. Selective Service;
- Have a high school diploma or GED or have completed high school in an
approved homeschool setting;
- Making satisfactory academic progress;
- Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with
certain time restrictions;
- Not in default on a federal student loan;
- Enrolled at Huntingdon College for the spring 2020 semester as an active
degree seeking-student; and
- Have a demonstrable need of funding for eligible expenses incurred as a
result of disruption to College operations and related to COVID-19, such as
food, housing, course materials, technology, and childcare.
Method of Determining Awards
Huntingdon College will use an online application process to determine which eligible students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much each student will receive. Students must apply in order to be considered for Grant funding.
- Applications must be completed before June 30, 2020 in order to be
- Individual award amounts will be no less than $100 and no more than
- Students with lower EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) will be given
- Traditional, full-time students will be given priority.
- Students demonstrating an intent to continue pursuit of a degree will be
- The amount of demonstrated eligible expenses incurred will be considered,
but limited funding will most likely dictate that actual Grants received may
be less than eligible expenses incurred.
Once all applications have been received and reviewed, individual recipients and Grant amounts will be determined on a case-by-case basis considering the above. All Emergency Financial Aid Grants will be distributed directly to individual student recipients by check no later than July 15, 2020. Emergency Financial Aid Grants are separate and in addition to amounts refunded to students related to spring 2020 room and board charges and missed travel opportunities. Please contact the Huntingdon College Financial Aid Office if you have any questions. The below tables will be updated as the application and disbursement processes are completed.
|Number of Eligible Students||Awarded Amount||Number of Awarded Students||Disbursed Amount|
|Student EFC Category||Total Students Applied||Total Amount Disbursed||Percentage Disbursed||Average Grant Amount|
|$1 to $1,000|
|$1,001 to $5,000|
|$5,001 to $10,000|
|$10,001 to $15,000|
|$15,001 to $20,000|
Huntingdon College Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Emergency Financial Aid Grant Application
By completing this online application, the student identified below is applying for an Emergency Financial Aid Grant. In accordance with the provisions of the CARES Act, these funds can only be used to provide emergency financial aid grants to eligible students for “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).”
Please read the Huntingdon College Emergency Grants to Students Guidance which includes a list of eligibility requirements, defined terms, and other important information.