Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

July 6, 2020

Northwest Nazarene University OPE ID 142461 received education stabilization funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), Public Law No: 116-136. This Fund Report applies to the student portion received under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund that is designated exclusively for emergency financial aid grants to students.

The institution appreciates that Congress and the President have made these critical funds available for eligible students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. We take receipt of these federal funds seriously and are distributing them in accordance with the CARES Act and implementing guidance.

The institution is making the below information available for transparency purposes and in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education’s (“Department”) Electronic Announcement of May 6, 20201. For questions or concerns regarding this Fund Report, please contact Ann Crabb, Director of Financial Aid, at atcrabb@nnu.edu.

  1. The institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. The institution has used, or 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.
  2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $410,334
  3. The total amount of emergency financial aid grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of this Fund Report is $410,334
  4. The estimated total number of students at NNU eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, as of the date of this Fund Report is 1,514 students.
  5. The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of this Fund Report is 995.
  6. The methods used by the institution to determine which students receive emergency financial aid grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act are provided at Attachment A.

Attachment A: Methodology for payment of emergency financial aid grants under the HEERF to Students

Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) sent emergency financial aid grants using the Higher Education Emergency Relieve Funds to 929 students in the Traditional educational program. Each of these students had submitted the FAFSA to NNU which establishes that the student is eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act. These students were also enrolled at the University at the time of payment.

These, 929 students were given $300 in funds if they had been living in the student housing on the campus of Northwest Nazarene University and $150 if they were not living in student housing. An additional allotment of HEERF funds were given to the neediest students based on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as reported on their 2019/2020 FAFSA with EFCs in this group ranging from $0 to $25,000. These additional grants given to 677 students were stratified into four groups with grants ranging from $100 to $400.

Additionally 56 traditional students who had not filed a FAFSA at NNUwere sent a questionnaire to determine if they were Title IV eligible. Of this student group 26 students returned their questionnaires with information confirming their Title IV eligibility. These students were then sent $300 in funds if they had been living in the student housing on the campus of Northwest Nazarene University and $150 if they were not living in student housing.

The final allotment of HEERF funds were given to 40 students in our Graduate and Professional Studies programs who had submitted a FAFSA to NNU and expressed to Northwest Nazarene University their need due to COVID related issues. The majority of these students received HEERF payments of $400.

All students were given funding with the guidance that the CARES funds were to help with extra costs due to the closure of campus, moving to an online learning modality or other COVID-19 related expenses.

As of this report dated 7/6/2020 the entire HEERF funds sent to Northwest Nazarene for students in the amount of $410,334 has been distributed to Title IV eligible enrolled students.

1 See: https://ifap.ed.gov/electronic-announcements/050620HigherEdEmergencyReliefFundRptg