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Rochester University CARES Grant

Updated: September 30, 2020  10:15 a.m.

CARES Act Final Report »


Updated: May 28, 2020 5:00 p.m.

As of May 28, 2020, Rochester University will be awarding the final 10% of the Student Share Emergency grants to the 83 students who were listed as potentially eligible students. These students either filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA form or could have reasonably filed a FAFSA form and met the eligibility requirements of Title IV Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Each of the 83 students will receive a check in the mail for $511.18, for a total of $42,427.94. Checks will be mailed out by Friday, June 5, 2020.

Rochester University has exhausted all of the $393,629 funds received from the Student Share portion of the CARES Act Emergency Grant.

If further legislation makes additional funding available, we will send out another update.

If you are still in need of financial assistance, you may view the list of available resources here.


Updated: May 13, 2020 9:00 a.m.

CARES ACT: Rochester University Compliance Statement

This document provides the necessary documentation to comply with Section 18004(e) of the Corona Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020).

  1. On April 13, 2020, Rochester University signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement document under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”); this relief funding is for eligible students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.
  2. Rochester University was eligible to receive $393,629 for the 50% Student Share portion of the CARES Act Emergency Grant and we have received the full $393,629.
  3. 687 students are receiving $511.21 each for a total distribution of $351,201.27. Checks will begin being mailed out on May 13, 2020 and will be completed by May 15, 2020.
  4. As of May 13, 2020, we have approximately 770 students eligible (and/or possibly eligible) under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  5. As of May 13, 2020, 687 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  6. As of May 13, 2020, Rochester University used 90% of the funds received and divided it equally among all eligible students. 10% of the funds are being reserved for potentially eligible students and will be distributed to students after the May 27 deadline has passed, assuming eligibility has been verified. The grant will be approximately $511 per student.
  7. Students must meet federal financial aid eligibility requirements in order to receive CARES Act/HEERF funding.

Reasons for HEERF Eligibility (details here, question 9):

  • Title IV eligible (filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA and no outstanding C code issues)
  • Not enrolled in an exclusively online program
  • Enrolled during the SP-20 semester

Reasons for HEERF Ineligibility (details here, question 9):

  • Have not filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA form, so Title IV eligibility is unknown
  • High school students in the Early College program or are Dual Enrolled
  • A Non-Degree Seeking or Audit student
  • Not a US Citizen
  • Enrolled in an exclusively online program (Strategic Leadership – AL program)
  • Not enrolled during the SP-20 semester

Next Steps:

  • If you are an eligible student, you do not need to do anything. A check will be mailed to the Local address on file in our system. We cannot apply these funds directly to your account to reduce any unpaid balances.
  • If you are ineligible only because you have not filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA, you MUST have a completed 2019-2020 FAFSA form with NO outstanding C code issues (i.e. Selective Service registration, SSN mismatch, etc) by 5 pm, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Reminder, our school code is 00228800. If you have questions, please contact Student Financial Services at sfs@rochesteru.edu.

These CARES grant funds are considered nontaxable income, https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/faqs-higher-education-emergency-relief-fund-and-emergency-financial-aid-grants-under-the-cares-act