CARES Act Funding for Current Students

(Updated 8/31) What amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants have been distributed to students under Section 1804(a)(1) of the CARES act as of today?

As of August 31, 2020 the college has awarded $635,225.

As of July 13, 2020 the college has awarded $634,225.

As of May 26, 2020 the college has awarded $628,725.

As of May 12, 2020 the college has awarded $507,725 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

(Updated 8/31) What is the total numbers of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 1804(a)(1) of the CARES Act?

As of August 31, 2020 the college has awarded grants to 430 students.

As of July 13, 2020 the college has awarded grants to 429 students.

As of May 26, 2020 the college has awarded grants to 425 students.

As of May 12, 2020 the college has awarded Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 305 students.

Has Elms College signed and returned to the Department of Education the CARES Act Certification and Agreement?

The College has signed and return the Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education. The College 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.

How much has or will the institution receive from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students?

The College will/ has received $649,000 in funds that will be provided as Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

What is 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 1804(a)(1) of the CARES Act?

The college has approximately 1,200 students that meet the Title IV eligibility as defined by the Higher Education Act of 1965.

What method did the institution use to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they received?

The College used an application for determining which students to award these funds. Students were sent multiple email notifications regarding the application as well as links to the application was posted on the website. Each application was reviewed by a committee to be sure the student met the Title IV eligibility requirements. Amounts students received was based on amount requested, reasons for the request and available funds.

What instructions, directions or guidance were provided to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants?

All eligible students were sent multiple email notifications about the CARES Act and a link to apply for these Emergency Financial Aid Grants. The College also emailed staff to encourage them to reach out to students they knew were impacted by Covid-19. Information and links to the application were posted on the website and in Moodle as well. The priority application deadline was set as of May 20th but applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed until all funds have been spent to help students impacted by this pandemic.

What expenses are to be considered?

Food, housing, course materials, health care, childcare, technology, and transportation directly related to COVID-19. Students or parents (if the student is dependent) who had a loss of income in 2019 or 2020 are not eligible for these funds.

Who completes the application?

Only an Elms College student, not a parent or spouse, can complete the application.

What are the eligibility requirements for students to complete an application?

  • Must have been enrolled in the Spring 2020 and/or Summer 2020 semesters
  • Not enrolled in 100% online courses for the Spring 2020 semester (the courses must either be 100% on campus or hybrid courses)
  • Have completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA or you were eligible to complete the FAFSA but didn’t (you may view eligibility requirements to complete a FAFSA here)

Who is not eligible to receive funds from the CARES Act?

  • Students who were already enrolled in a fully online degree or certificate program
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients
  • International students
  • Students enrolling for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Students or parents (if the student is dependent) who had a loss of income in 2019 or 2020

What is the deadline to submit the application?

May 20, 2020

How many times should I apply?

Students should submit only one application. Multiple applications will not be accepted and may cause a delay in the review of your request.

How soon will I find out if I will be receiving any money?

We understand the urgency behind your request. Because we are anticipating a large number of applications, please allow a couple weeks for your application to be reviewed. Once your application is considered, you will be notified through your Elms College email whether it was approved or denied. If approved, you will be notified as to the amount of financial assistance you will be receiving. Please note: the completion of the Elms College Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Application is not a guarantee of funding.

If my application is approved, how will I be receiving the money?

The grant will be applied to your financial aid offer for the 2019-2020 academic year. Shortly after, the Student Accounts Office will be mailing a check to the address we have on file for you. Important note: If you need to update your address on file with the college, please email the Registrar’s Office at as soon as possible.

What if I was approved to receive an emergency grant but owe a balance to the college?

The college is required to forward you a check for the emergency grant regardless of any balance due to the school. However, you are welcome to deposit the check into your bank account and make a payment on ElmsConnect towards any outstanding balance on your account once the check clears. You cannot return the same grant check to the college for application to your account.

Will the emergency grant appear on my 2020 1098-T?

The Internal Revenue Revenue Service (IRS) has stated that money students receive through the CARES Act will not be counted as taxable income, so the emergency grant will not appear on 2020 1098-Ts.
Source: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/faqs-higher-education-emergency-relief-fund-and-emergency-financial-aid-grants-under-the-cares-act

Is the federal emergency grant under the CARES Act taxable?

The Internal Revenue Revenue Service (IRS) has stated that money students receive through the CARES Act will not be counted as taxable income. Source: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/faqs-higher-education-emergency-relief-fund-and-emergency-financial-aid-grants-under-the-cares-act

Can I appeal the decision if my application was denied?

At this time there is no appeal process if your application is denied – all decisions are final.


The Financial Aid Office at Elms College hopes you and your family are doing well during this challenging time. We understand that social distancing and COVID-19 have created a lot of changes in our daily lives, with many of these transitions resulting in a loss of income for members of your family or unforeseen expenses.

As you read in Dr. Dumay’s email on Friday, April 24th, Elms College has received federal funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. There are funds available through this bill to help provide financial support to students who had academics-related expenses directly attributable to COVID-19. We are grateful that the college is able to pass these funds along to eligible students, allowing them a little bit of comfort during this difficult time.

The Elms College Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Application deadline was May 20, 2020.


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