CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid for Students

On April 11, 2020, Fort Valley State University signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Total Federal Aid Funds Provided to Fort Valley State University for Student Financial Aid

The total amount of funds that the institution or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students was $2,083,220.

Total Amount of Federal Aid Distributed to Students

As of October 15,2020 a total of $1,793,050 has been distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Estimated Number of Students Eligible to Participate Under Section 4848 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965

There are approximately 2,244 students at Fort Valley State University 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.

Total Number of Students Who Have Received Emergency Financial Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Approximately 2,142 students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a) (1) if the CARES Act as of July 2, 2020.

Methods Used by Fort Valley State To Determine Students’ Eligibility and Amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grant Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Upon receipt of the Grant Award Notification (GANS)from the Department of Education, Fort Valley State University (FVSU) promptly made available emergency financial aid grants as funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act directly to students enrolled in the spring 2020 semester for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID 19, (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care) as required by Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act.

As of March 13, 2020, students must be eligible to participate in Title IV program under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). For purposes of disbursal of these funds, students 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was used to determine eligibility.

FVSU awarded student emergency grants on the basis of need (established by expected family contribution (EFC)). FVSU allocated emergency grant awards to students across multiple tiers. Bounds of tiers are defined by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the 2019-20 FASFA.

EFC Amount Cares Amount

Zero EFC $1,000
Pell Eligible (not including zero EFC’s) $   750
All Other Title IV eligible $   500

Students enrolled exclusively online, dual enrollment students, international students and transient students were identified as ineligible students and did not receive payments from the CARES Act.

The Following Has Been Provided to Students of Fort Valley State University Regarding the CARES Act.

The University disseminated three separate notices to students: Three different notices were sent to students:

  • Notice of the CARES Act, explaining to students that they met eligibility requirements for the grant and that the funds were to be used for purposes related to the disruption of courses on campus.
  • Notice to students who had not completed the FAFSA with instructions and deadline to apply.
  • Notice to students who were not eligible to receive a CARES Act grant based on the guidelines as outlined by the Department of Education.

Students who feel they meet the eligibility guidelines are able to submit an application to be reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid at 478-825-6363.  Remaining CARES Act funds are available to qualifying students until either the funds are depleted or the end of the award period, April 27, 2021.