CARES Act Student Emergency Aid
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF I) bill was passed by Congress and signed by the President in 2020 to give awards to students who had COVID-19 expenses. These specific funds were given to Troy University through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
In order for a student to be eligible for these funds, the student had to have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-2020 academic year and showed eligibility to receive federal student aid. Students who did not file the FAFSA and/or were strictly online students were not eligible for CARES funds. All potentially eligible students had to file an online application to indicate they had expenses due to COVID-19.
Troy University awarded student grants in the amount of $4,272,042 for emergency relief funds for students disrupted by COVID-19 virus. TROY has 7,212 students that were potentially eligible to receive these funds. As of November 6, 2020, we had distributed all available funds to 4,617 students.
Troy University was awarded additional funding in the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II, through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA).
In awarding funds through CRRSAA, Troy University had to prioritize enrolled students who show exceptional need. Online students were now eligible to receive these funds, but international students were not eligible. Students who filed the 2020-2021 FAFSA and were Pell Grant eligible demonstrated exceptional need, though all potentially eligible students still had to file an online application to state that they had exceptional need due to COVID-19.
Troy University awarded grants in the amount of $4,272,042.00 for emergency relief funds for students disrupted by the Covid-19 virus. There were 9788 students that were potentially eligible to receive these funds. As of April 29, 2021, we have distributed all available funds to 5529 students.
In March, 2021, Troy University was awarded additional funding in the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds III, through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021.
In awarding funds through the ARP, Troy University must prioritize enrolled students who show exceptional need. Unlike HEERF I & II, all enrolled students (including international students) could be eligible for ARP funds. Students who filed the 2021-2022 FAFSA and were receiving a Federal Pell Grant automatically showed exceptional need. All other students would need to file an online application to indicate that they had exceptional need as a result of COVID-19, through such reasons as medical expenses, loss of employment, etc.
In the summer of 2021, Troy University awarded ARP funds to students with high exceptional need (full Pell Grant recipients). The total amount awarded came to $396,000 for 792 students.
In the fall of 2021, Troy University will be awarding ARP funds to three (3) Tiers of students – 1. Full Pell Grant recipients; 2. Remaining Pell Grant recipients; and 3. Students who indicated that they have had exceptional need due to COVID-19. Students in Tier 1 will receive $1,000. Students in Tier 2 will receive $550. Students in Tier 3 will receive $375.