Cares Act Disclosure—HEERF II

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 for HEERF II is $378,998.00.

3.

As of June 30, 2021, the total amount of HEERF II Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is $373,998.

4.

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 631.

5.

The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 405.

6.

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.

Required a completed application. Categories included:

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

  2. Technology
    Computer, WebCam, Internet Access, Study Space

  3. Travel
    Amount for students to return home

  4. Housing
    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. Tuition Balance
    Ability to make payments impacted by COVID

  9. Other Covid-19 Related Expenses

7.

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

1. On February 26,2021, Union College announced to students3 that additional relief funds from the federal government had been received. The notification was posted on the college web site, the college intranet, and emailed to our campus community. (See notification below.)

Are COVID-related expenses weighing on you?
We may be able to help!

The federal government has provided additional relief funds for Union College to distribute to our students to help with COVID-related expenses. This new funding not only can help with COVID-related medical expenses, expenses for supplies related to COVID, and other COVID expenses, but it also can assist in extenuating circumstances that have impacted a student's ability to make tuition payments.

If you have COVID-related expenses you need help with and you are eligible for federal aid, please complete the Emergency Relief Grant Application.

Enjoy the wonderful Nebraska weather!

Blessings,
Michelle

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