CARES Act Public Disclosure
August 29, 2020
Seton Hill University is posting this public notice to its website to comply with the requirements of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
This notice serves to acknowledge that Seton Hill University signed and returned to the United States Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that Seton Hill University has used and intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds the university has received under the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
Seton Hill University has received a total of $633,423 under the CARES Act for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. As of August 29, 2020, Seton Hill University has distributed $222,300 to students as Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CARES Act.
Seton Hill University estimates that 1,780 students at the institution are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under the CARES Act and U.S. Department of Education guidelines. As of August 29, 2020, 217 Seton Hill University students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under the CARES Act.
Seton Hill University developed an internal methodology and application process to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CARES Act and the amounts of each grant award.
Seton Hill University reserved 75 percent of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students who demonstrate the most financial need, including Pell-eligible students and those whose Estimated Family Contributions are less than $10,000. Another 25 percent of awards are reserved for students who are not eligible based on the financial need criteria but who have experienced financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.
All students who wish to be considered for Emergency Financial Aid Grants must fill out an online application. Seton Hill will consider the following hardship criteria when granting awards:
- Reduction in personal or household income due to job loss, reduced work hours, or temporary furlough (not reimbursed through unemployment compensation);
- Unmet housing or food expenses incurred by the transition to off-campus living;
- Education-related costs required for online learning, including technology accessibility for individuals with disabilities;
- Unaffordable travel expenses to return home due to campus shutdown; or
- Healthcare costs associated with the pandemic for the student or family members.
Seton Hill University posted information for students about the CARES Act and the Emergency Financial Aid Grants on its dedicated COVID-19 public website. The university alerted students via an email from the president to monitor the website for CARES Act information. Seton Hill also shared CARES Act information with faculty advisors and coaches so that they could disseminate information about CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. A follow-up email and postcard were also sent to all Pell-eligible students.