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Augsburg issues student emergency aid from federal coronavirus relief legislation

(Updated: July 9, 2021)

Under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Augsburg is issuing $700 of relief Augsburg University logofunding to day undergraduate students and $275 of relief funding to graduate and adult undergraduate students enrolled in the spring semester 2020. The U.S. Department of Education has directed that these funds be paid directly to students and did not allow the funds to be distributed using the university’s student accounts system, so the payments will be delivered to students via emailed digital checks, using their Augsburg.edu email address. 

The funding for the relief payments comes from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provision of the federal CARES Act. Under this provision, Augsburg was allocated approximately $1.62 million of emergency stimulus funds by the U.S. Department of Education to distribute directly to students for expenses (including technology, course materials, food, housing, health care, or child care) specifically related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Universities were encouraged to prioritize students with the greatest need as well as ensure that the funds are distributed as widely as possible across the student body. In order for Augsburg to ensure the funds were distributed to students with demonstrated need, Augsburg designated the funds to students who completed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as of May 1. Augsburg established the two payment levels of $700 and $275 based on the higher average need profile among students in the day undergraduate program as compared with that of students in the graduate and adult undergraduate programs.

May 21 (first 30 day report) 

Augsburg University acknowledges that it has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. $1,629,621 of funds have been allocated to Augsburg University from the DOE pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. No funds have been received or distributed by Augsburg as of this date.

July 7 (first 45 day report)

$1,436,975 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants were distributed on May 28 and June 15 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. 2,526 students at Augsburg University are eligible to participate in the federal student financial aid programs under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act  of 1965, as amended, and thus are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. All 2,526 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant at Augsburg University under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Student and Institutional Quarterly Reports

Student Quarterly Report 6/30/21

As of June 30, 2021 Augsburg University has been awarded $7,660,181 of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds to be used for Emergency Financial Aid Grants for students from the CARES Act, the CRRSA Act and the ARP Act.  For the period of April 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021, there were 2,487 students eligible to receive these funds.  Student eligibility criteria was based on a submitted application, submitted Institutional Student Information Record, spring term enrollment, and citizenship/eligible non-citizenship status as confirmed on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  Grant amounts were distributed based on each student’s program and expected family contribution.  Students could also apply for additional funds due to pandemic related expenses.  For the period April 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021, Augsburg disbursed $1,629,621 to 1,331 students.

Institutional Quarterly Report

Augsburg was allocated a total of $3,259,242 under Section 18004(a)(1). Pursuant to the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students, at least $1,629,621 will be distributed directly to eligible students impacted by campus disruptions due to the coronavirus. The Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion states that the remaining $1,629,621 may be used to cover institutional costs associated with the coronavirus.
As of September 30, 2020, Augsburg had drawn down $1,312,196 of the Institutional Portion but has incurred expenses exceeding the total amount of the institutional portion. The Institutional Portion Expenditure Report Form discloses Augsburg’s categorization of the expenses equal to the full amount of the institutional portion. View the report for September 2020
As of December 31, 2020, Augsburg had drawn down $1,629,621 of the 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion and has incurred expenses exceeding the total amount awarded.  Augsburg was also awarded $161,154 under section 18004(a)(2)  and has expended the full amount during the period of September 1, 2020 through December 31. 2020. The Institutional Portion Expenditure Report Form discloses Augsburg’s categorization of the expenses equal to the full amounts of the institutional portions. View the report for December 2020
As of June 30, 2021, Augsburg has been awarded $9,406,104 of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds to be used for Institutional Covid-19 related losses under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, the CRRSA Act and the ARP Act.. A total of $1,629,621 of institutional expenses had been incurred prior to December 31, 2020. For the period of April 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021 Augsburg incurred additional institutional expenses or lost revenue totaling $3,393,194. Augsburg was also awarded $374,976 under section 18004(a)(2). A total of $161,154 was incurred prior to March 31, 2021. No expenditures were claimed for the period of April 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021. The Institutional Portion Expenditure Report Form discloses Augsburg’s categorization of the expenses of the institutional portions for the period of April 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021. View the report for June 2021
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