Coronavirus Important Updates

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) Public Disclosure

July 10, 2021

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, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)  and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP). 

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. As a result of CARES Act funding, Seton Hill was automatically awarded HEERF funding under the CRRSAA and ARP programs. Drawdown of funds constitutes acceptance of HEERF funds under CRRSAA and ARP.

EMERGENCY STUDENT GRANT AID

Total Funds Received: $3,335,655

• $633,423 (CARES)

• $633,423 (CRRSAA)

• $2,068,809 (ARP)

QUARTERLY EMERGENCY STUDENT AID REPORTS

CARES ACT

July 10, 2021: Seton Hill has distributed $633,423 to 458 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.

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.

April 9, 2021: Seton Hill has distributed $633,423 to 458 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.

January 10, 2021: Seton Hill has distributed $358,200 to 364 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.

October 10, 2020: Seton Hill has distributed has distributed $246,200 to 237 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.

August 29, 2020: Seton Hill has distributed $222,300 to 217 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.

July 15, 2020: Seton Hill has distributed $172,400 to 154 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.

June 1, 2020: Seton Hill has distributed $48,150 to 43 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.

CRRSAA

July 10, 2021: Seton Hill has distributed $550,986 to 367 students as Emergency Financial Aid Grants under CRRSAA. Seton Hill University estimates that 1,831 students at the institution are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under CRRSAA and U.S. Department of Education Guidelines. 

Seton Hill has distributed this aid by prioritizing those students with exceptional need, especially Pell-eligible students. In the first round of student aid grants authorized by the CARES Act, Seton Hill implemented an application process for students, which considered criteria such as their overall financial need; unmet housing or travel expenses; education-related costs required for online learning; and healthcare costs. Grants of between $500 and $1,500 were awarded to students through this CARES Act round. 

For the CRRSAA round, Seton Hill automatically sent grants to Pell-eligible students that provided them with up to $2,000 between the two rounds of funding. So, for example, if a Pell-eligible student did not apply in the CARES Act round of grants, that student automatically received $2,000 in this most recent round. A Pell-eligible student who was awarded a grant of $1,500 under the first round automatically received $500 in the second round to bring their total award up to $2,000. Those students who are not Pell-eligible have been invited to apply for HEERF II funds and are being awarded grants based on a demonstration of financial need as a result of the pandemic. 

April 9, 2021: Seton Hill has distributed $524,127 to 361 students as Emergency Financial Aid Grants under CRRSAA. Seton Hill University estimates that 1,831 students at the institution are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under CRRSAA and U.S. Department of Education Guidelines. 

ARP

July 10, 2021: Seton Hill has not distributed any Emergency Financial Aid Grants under ARP. The university is developing methodology for distribution of this round of funding, which is anticipated to begin in Fall 2021. 

INSTITUTIONAL AID (INCLUDES TITLE III)

CARES ACT

October 30, 2020: Seton Hill University has issued its Revised and Final Report on the use of the Institutional and Title III portions of CARES Act funds received by the university as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. The revised and final report can be found here.

CRRSAA and ARP

July 10, 2021: Seton Hill University has issued its Quarterly Report for CRRSAA and ARP HEERF Institutional Funds for the second quarter of 2021. The quarterly report can be found here.

June 30, 2021: Seton Hill University has issued its Quarterly Report for CRRSAA and ARP HEERF Institutional Funds for the first quarter of 2021. The quarterly report can be found here.