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The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

 

Public Disclosures Regarding HEERF Funds

1.       An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that 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.

Urban College of Boston (UCB) signed and returned the Certification and Agreement of the Student Aid and Institutional Portions of the CARES Act funds to the U.S. Department of Education on May 6, 2020. UCB received its allocation on May 12, 2020.

 

UCB signed and returned the Certification and Agreement of the Minority-Serving Institutions portion of the CARES Act funds to the U.S. Department of Education on May 9, 2020. UCB received its MSI allocation on June 2, 2020.

 

UCB 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.

The amount of funds dedicated to student aid is $304,353.

 

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 submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

  • As of June 11, 2020 (30 days from allocation of CARES Act funds), UCB had distributed $0 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  • As of July 26, 2020 (45 days from the last update), UCB had distributed $0 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  • As of September 9, 2020 (45 days from the last update), UCB had distributed $0 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

 

4.       The estimated total number of students at the institution 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.

UCB estimates that at least 579 students who were enrolled in Spring 2020 and/or Summer 2020 are eligible to participate.

 

5.       The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  • As of June 11, 2020 (30 days from allocation of CARES Act funds), 0 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  • As of July 26, 2020 (45 days from the most recent update), 0 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  • As of September 9, 2020 (45 days from the most recent update), 0 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

 

6.       The method(s) 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.

Students were deemed eligible to receive an Emergency Financial Aid Grant if they had completed their FAFSA and were eligible for Title IV and if they were enrolled in a Spring 2020 course that extended past March 13, 2020 and/or if they were enrolled in a Summer 2020 course. Those students who had not previously completed a FAFSA (e.g., students who had only been enrolled in a contract course) are able to contact the Chief Student Services Officer, who works with the Financial Aid department and the Director of Student Affairs to confirm whether that student is eligible. Students are eligible for $315 per semester ($315 if enrolled for just the spring or summer; $630 if enrolled for both semesters).

 

7.       Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

All instructions, directions, and guidance have been sent in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.

 

President Michael Taylor sent a message to all students enrolled in the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 semesters on September 4, 2020 regarding eligibility. He forwarded the message to faculty, staff, and Board members on September 8, 2020. Click here to read the message in full.

 

Students eligible for the funds must complete this form in DocuSign in order to receive the funds.