St. John’s University Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting: Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

This page last updated July 10, 2020.

  1. St. John’s University signed and returned to the US Department of Education the Certification and Agreement with the assurance that the institution has used, or 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.
  2. The University has received $6,095,940 from the US Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] emergency financial aid grants to students.
  3. The total amount of emergency financial aid grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 9, 2020:
    • $6,095,525.98
  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.
    • 10,330 
  5. The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
    • 5,561
  6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive emergency financial aid grants to students and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  • In order to be considered for emergency grant funding, students had to meet the below criteria:
    • Currently enrolled students at the University for the Spring 2020 semester as degree-seeking undergraduate, graduate, or law students in on-campus courses.
      • Students who were enrolled in exclusively online course work prior to the transition to remote instruction in accordance with federal guidance were not eligible for funding and were therefore excluded.
    • Have a valid 2019-20 FAFSA on file with the University and meet all basic eligibility requirements for Title IV aid under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act.
  • The University strived to assist as many students as possible, prioritizing students with the highest financial need:
    • 2019-20 Federal Pell grant recipients as of July 1, 2020  were automatically awarded $1,000 to be used to assist with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus pandemic such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.
    • Continuing students who were 2019-20 Federal Pell grant recipients with a 0 Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) on their 2019-20 FAFSA as of July 1, 2020 were automatically awarded an additional $324.75 to be used to assist with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus pandemic such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.
    • Limited funds, $30,662.73, were allocated as supplemental emergency support, for the University’s Department of Student Affairs Basic Needs Program.
    • All students eligible for CARES Act funding consideration were notified of the opportunity to complete an online application. Completion of the application was not a guarantee of funding. Students were asked to share how they and their families were impacted by the pandemic. Students who were financially impacted during the spring term were awarded $1,000 to be used to assist with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.
  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants.

Previous Updates

  1. St. John’s University signed and returned to the US Department of Education the Certification and Agreement with the assurance that the institution has used, or 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.
  2. The University has received $6,095,940 from the US Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] emergency financial aid grants to students.
  3. The total amount of emergency financial aid grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 24, 2020:
    • $5,396,662.73
  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.
    • 10,330 
  5. The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
    • 5,399
  6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive emergency financial aid grants to students and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  • In order to be considered for emergency grant funding, students had to meet the below criteria:
    • Currently enrolled students at the University for the Spring 2020 semester as degree-seeking undergraduate, graduate, or law students in on-campus courses.
      • Students who were enrolled in exclusively online course work prior to the transition to remote instruction in accordance with federal guidance were not eligible for funding and were therefore excluded.
    • Have a valid 2019-20 FAFSA on file with the University and meet all basic eligibility requirements for Title IV aid under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act.
  • The University strived to assist as many students as possible, prioritizing students with the highest financial need:
    • Federal Pell grant recipients were automatically awarded $1,000 to be used to assist with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.
    • Limited funds were allocated as supplemental emergency support, for the University’s Department of Student Affairs Basic Needs Program.
    • All students eligible for CARES Act funding consideration were notified of the opportunity to complete an online application. Completion of the application was not a guarantee of funding. Students were asked to share how they and their families were impacted by the pandemic. Students who were financially impacted during the spring term were awarded $1,000 to be used to assist with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.
  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants.