The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), enacted on March 27, 2020, allows higher education institutions to use certain funds allocated by the Department of Education to support students and higher education institutions with expenses and financial needs related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Shenandoah University is one of many institutions eligible for funds allocated under Section 18004(a)(1). No less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act must be used to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. Shenandoah University applied for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students funding in the amount of $1,020,101 by signing and returning the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education. These Grants are to be used by students to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.
Shenandoah University’s estimated total number of full time students eligible for Title IV Federal Aid based on Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filers is 2,477. As of August 31, 2020, Shenandoah University has distributed $1,013,851 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 2,506 eligible full-time students. Eligible full-time undergraduate and graduate students are awarded amounts based on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which is used to determine federal aid eligibility. Shenandoah University utilized this method of calculation to prioritize aid to its students with the greatest needs, while also ensuring that most of its eligible students received a Grant.
Emergency Financial Aid Grants payments are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code and are therefore nontaxable. Shenandoah University issued Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students on Wednesday, May 20. If recipient students had entered banking information in Hornet Hub on or before May 8, 2020, the payment was issued via direct deposit. If no banking information was entered on or before May 8, 2020, a paper check was mailed to the legal home address we have on file.
Shenandoah University is fully committed to our students during this challenging time and affirms that no less than 50% of CARES Act funds received will be used to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
If you have questions about Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply for Financial Assistance
If the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on you or your family’s financial situation, Shenandoah would like to help. Please fill out the Emergency Financial Assistance Application.