Beginning in March 2020, the federal government enacted several pieces of legislation funding the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”). The statutes require that a significant portion of the HEERF funds go directly to eligible students in the form of additional emergency financial aid for expenses related to the national emergency due to the COVID-19 crisis (“HEERF Student Share Grant Funds”). In accepting the funds, Johns Hopkins University decided to use more than the minimum required of its HEERF allocations 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 HEERF. This information will be updated no later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter (September 30, December 31, March 31, June 30) unless ED specifies an alternative method of reporting.
CERTIFICATION AND AGREEMENT
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 (HEERF I) to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. On July 15, 2020, JHU was notified that our application was approved.
AMOUNT TO BE RECEIVED
JHU is eligible to receive $14,771,583 in HEERF Student Share Grant Funds.
AMOUNT DISTRIBUTED TO DATE
The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under HEERF as of 9/30/2021 is $11,392,172.
ESTIMATED NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE STUDENTS
As of the spring 2021 term, JHU estimates that approximately 12,000 students may be eligible for the HEERF Student Share Grant Funds. This represents approximately 46% of JHU’s total enrollment.
NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO HAVE RECEIVED HEERF STUDENT SHARE GRANTS
As of 9/30/2021, 10,248 students have received HEERF Student Share Grants.
METHOD OF DETERMINING WHICH STUDENTS WOULD RECEIVE HEERF STUDENT SHARE GRANTS
The method(s) used by JHU to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under HEERF are outlined below:
- In alignment with the recommendations from the Department of Education, JHU to Title IV aid-eligible students with an expected family contribution (EFC) of $22,150 or less, i.e., to those students with the greatest identified need;
- Each undergraduate recipient must have received need-based institutional aid in the spring 2020 term and each graduate or professional recipient must have received federal loans in spring 2020 term;
- Priority was given to students enrolled in at least one face-to-face instructional class in spring 2020 (as of the February 20, 2020 spring census date) and who did not graduate in May 2020. Students enrolled in hybrid programs may also receive funds;
- For the second round of disbursements, priority was given to undergraduate students enrolled in the spring 2021 term who received need-based institutional aid in the fall 2020 term;
- For the second round of disbursements, priority was given master’s students enrolled full time in the spring 2021 term in a program designed to be offered in person;
- For the second round of disbursements, priority was given to PhD students enrolled for the spring 2021 term; and
- PhD students with time-limited university funding were awarded grants if completion of their dissertation (and program) was delayed by the pandemic.
INSTRUCTIONS, DIRECTIONS, GUIDANCE REGARDING HEERF STUDENT SHARE GRANTS
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:
- Notice of eligibility to receive an award (emergency financial aid grant) through HEERF funding provided to the university;
- Instructions on how to electronically certify that they incurred expenses that met the criteria to receive a cash grant;
- The amount of the award;
- A reminder to review and update their direct deposit banking information in the student portal;
- Confirmation that the award/refund would be generated from individual student accounts and provided via direct deposit; and
- For those who do not use direct deposit, notice that a check will be mailed to the student’s permanent address on file.