CARES Act Disclosure

1.

Union College signed and submitted the HEERF CARES Act Funding Certification and Agreement on April 10, 2020. The institution intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. View the Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report (PDF).

2.

The total amount of funds that the institution has received from the Department pursuant to the institutions Certification and Agreement (for) Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $378,998.00.

3.

As of September 30, 2020, the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is $308,716.00.

4.

The total number of students enrolled during Spring Semester, 2020, was 719.

5.

The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act is 581. 

6.

The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under 18004(a)(1)) of the CARES Act is 423.

7.

The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act.

    1. Required a completed application

      1. Categories included

        1. Food

          1. U.S. Department of Agriculture suggested monthly cost of food

        2. Technology

          1. Computer, WebCam, Internet Access, Study Space

        3. Travel

          1. Amount for students to return home

        4. Housing

          1. Out of pocket expenses for students not allowed to live on campus

        5. Covid-19 Related Medical Expenses

        6. Course Materials

        7. Child Care

        8. Other Covid-19 Related Expenses

8.

Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants:

1. On April 16, Union College announced to students, faculty, and staff that we had established an Emergency Relief Grant funded by donors and relief funds from the federal government. The notification was posted on the college web site, the college intranet, and emailed to our campus community. (See notification below.)

In order to help with some of the financial hardship created by COVID-19, Union has launched the Emergency Relief Grant for students. Funded by gifts from generous donors to the #UnionStrong campaign and relief funds from the federal government, this grant is designed to help students who have experienced financial hardship directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To apply, students need to fill out the Emergency Relief Grant application form by May 15, 2020. Each student will be evaluated based on need, and the grant will be awarded for expenses related to food, technology, travel, housing, Covid-19 related medical expenses, course materials, and child care.

Union will begin evaluating applications on April 27, and they will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

2. Students were notified by email of their Emergency Relief Grant award. (See sample communication below.)

Hi {student name},

Student Financial Services approved your Union College Emergency Relief Grant Application.

You have been approved for a ${amount} Emergency Relief Grant.

3. Additional instructions were provided to each recipient via email. (See sample communication below.)

Dear {student name},

Congratulations on being awarded a Union College Emergency Relief Grant.

In order to receive your funds we need you to provide either the address or the bank account to which you want the funds sent.

Please log into the Union College Portal and select the Student Life menu in the black bar at the top of the page. Select Credit Balances from the menu. While the web app provides four options, make sure to select one of these two options:

1.       Direct deposit to my bank account

2.       Issued in check form through the mail

Once you complete this process, we will begin processing your check or bank transfer.

If you have any questions, please email me: michelle.mesnard@ucollege.edu.

Stay safe and healthy!

Blessings,

Michelle