Student CARES Act Funding

To Delhi Students Regarding CARES Act Funding

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on March 27, 2020, funding was provided to send direct financial relief to SUNY Delhi students. This funding was made available on June 10 and we are ready to distribute it to eligible students. The primary objective of this relief is to prioritize funding for those eligible students most in need. If you are deemed eligible, you will be notified via your Delhi and personal email addresses with additional instructions. Eligible students were determined based on federal and SUNY guidelines. If you do not receive a notification to your personal or Delhi email address by Friday, June 26 and feel you may be eligible for funding, please email caresact@delhi.edu for additional information about your individual circumstances.

SUNY Delhi Student CARES Act Funding Information: June 2020

On April 15, 2020, SUNY Delhi signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement assuring compliance with Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act, which requires SUNY Delhi to use 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) “to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.” SUNY Delhi intends to use the $1,218,425 received for this purpose.

Total Amount of Eligible Students and Distribution

SUNY Delhi has estimated 1,805 (66% of total student population) students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

All eligible students will receive support. Eligible students must have:

  • Been enrolled for the Spring 2020 semester as of March 13, 2020
  • A completed 2019-2020 FAFSA with a valid Expected Family Contribution (“EFC”) calculation
  • Be Title IV eligible, which includes a completed verification (if selected)
  • Be in good standing for the Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress assessment for the Spring 2020 semester

Ineligible students, as per Federal and SUNY guidelines, include those students during the Spring 2020 semester who:

  • Were enrolled exclusively in online programs, enrolled in off-campus internships, classified under DACA or international.
  • Did not complete the FAFSA, do not have a valid EFC, are not Title IV eligible, or who were not meeting the minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards for the Spring 2020 semester.

As of May 15, 2020, 30 days after the initial submission of the Certification and Agreement, SUNY Delhi had distributed $0 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. SUNY Delhi was granted access to CARES Act funding for students on June 10, 2020.

As of June 26, 2020, SUNY Delhi has distributed $612,400 to students. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant as of June 26, 2020 is 1,015*. As of July 22, 2020, SUNY Delhi has distributed $879,545 to students.  The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant as of July 22, 2020 is 1,483*. 

As of August 14, 2020, SUNY Delhi has distributed $1,019,782.61 to students. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant as of August 14, 2020 is 1,606*.

As of September 30, 2020, SUNY Delhi has distributed $1,076,428.10 to students. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant as of September 30, 2020 is 1,667. 

From August 14, 2020, our last reporting date, to September 30, 2020, 61 students have received Emergency Financial Aid Grants totaling $56,645.49

*The total number of students receiving Emergency Financial Aid Grants reported from June 26 through August 14 was overstated by 1 student due to an internal reporting error.

For June 26, 2020 our previous number of students who received a grant was 1,016.

For July 22, 2020 our previous number of students who received a grant was 1,484.

For August 14, 2020 our previous number of students who received a grant was 1,607.

Award Amount

In order to receive the emergency funding under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, SUNY Delhi formed a committee that determined how best to allocate and deliver the funds to students.  Based on student financial data, survey data, and student hardship information, a two-phased approach was developed to distribute the funds.  This approach ensured that all eligible students would receive some level of Phase 1 funding, and then be provided with an opportunity to apply for Phase 2 funding (funds remaining after Phase 1 distribution).

Phase I distribution of funds was determined by need categories, with each eligible student receiving a base amount of funding, and then adding additional layers of support depending on the type of student and associated need.  This approach was utilized to comply with both Federal and SUNY guidance. In this model, Pell‐eligible students and students with the lowest EFC qualify for the most support.

Original estimates for students in each category

Phase 1 Amounts # of Students Total
Base Amount $390.00  1,804 $703,560.00
EFC 0 - 5576 $125.00  1,101 $137,625.00
EFC 0 - 1000 $75.00  783 $58,725.00
Students coming back for labs $125.00  208 $26,000.00
Full-time student $75.00  1,743 $130,725.00
Students on campus $300.00  21 $6,300.00
  $1,062,935.00
  Total funding awarded $(1,218,425.00)
  Net remaining for Phase 2 $(155,490.00)


For example, an eligible full‐time student who is not returning to campus to complete lab requirements and who is not currently living on campus, who has an EFC equal to 950, would receive $665.

Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, students will receive awards ranging from $390 to $1,090.

The model above produces the following projected allocation, with a priority towards Pell‐eligible students.

Percentage of Eligible Students Qualifying for Each Category

Instructions

Students do not need to apply for Phase 1 funding, as the amount will be calculated for each eligible student based on the methodology above.  Students who have eligible expenses related to the disruption of campus operations in excess of their Phase 1 amount for things such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care, may apply for Phase 2 funding. 

Students will receive a notification of their Phase 1 funding via email, and will need to sign in to Bronco Web to attest to their understanding of the intention of these funds.  Below is the student certification statement students will need to attest to, with a sample dollar amount:

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, SUNY Delhi converted all classes to virtual learning during the Spring 2020 semester and also vacated the residence halls. The federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes colleges to award emergency financial aid grants to students for their expenses related to the above disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses. This form allows you to certify that you understand what the funds are to be used for and that you have incurred or will incur expenses due to this disruption.

The amount you have been awarded is $390.00.

I certify that I have or will incur allowable expenses of food, housing, course materials, technology, course materials, health care, childcare, and/or transportation as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus which equal or exceed the amount of the CARES Act grant award above.

I understand it is my responsibility to notify the Student Financial Services office immediately if I will not incur expenses that meet or exceed the amount of my award.

I acknowledge that I have read and understood the CARES Act grant eligibility requirements as noted in the SUNY Delhi Cares Act Grant communication previously sent to me on 06/18/2020.

  • Yes I agree and choose to receive the CARES Act payment.
  • No, I do not agree and choose NOT to accept the CARES Act payment.


These funds, once received, do not need to be repaid.

Please note, a link for the Phase 2 funding will be provided when the student certification statement is signed for Phase 1 funding.

Please contact the CARES Act committee at caresact@delhi.edu with any questions.