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On March 27, 2020, the federal government enacted P.L. 116-136, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”). The statute requires that at least 50 percent of the HEERF funds go directly to eligible students in the form of additional emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis (“HEERF Student Share Grant Funds”). In accepting the funds, Johns Hopkins University decided to use its entire CARES HEERF allocation for student relief.
The following information is provided by Johns Hopkins University as required by the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) in order to comply with the reporting requirements under the CARES Act. This is the University’s first 30-day progress report and presents information as of July 17, 2020. Additional reports will be provided every 45 days.
On June 19, 2020, Johns Hopkins University (JHU) signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. On July 15, 2020, JHU was notified that our application was approved.
JHU is eligible to receive $3,133,470 in HEERF Student Share Grant Funds.
The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter) is $0. Student notifications will begin going out on July 17, 2020, and we anticipate making the first round of refunds available to students the week of July 19, 2020.
As of the spring 2020 term, JHU estimates that approximately 2,600 students may be eligible for the HEERF Student Share Grant Funds. This represents approximately 10% of JHU’s total enrollment.
As of the date of this submission, no students have received HEERF Student Share Grants. JHU began notifying students of their eligibility on July 17, 2020, and we anticipate making the first round of refunds available to students the week of July 19, 2020.
The method(s) used by JHU to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act are outlined below:
Students meeting these criteria will receive grants in the amount of $1,200 to support their needs related to the disruption of campus operations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This approach is estimated to provide aid to approximately 10% of all JHU’s students. The grants will not impact current or future financial aid packages.
Eligible students were directly notified by email from the Office of Student Financial Services beginning July 17, 2020, with information and instructions about how to claim their funds. The notification included the following information:
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