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CARES Act Funding

Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress, Concordia will be receiving limited Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) to be distributed to any student who has been impacted financially with unforeseen expenses due to COVID.

Students on Concordia's campus

Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress, Concordia has received limited Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) to be distributed to students who have been impacted financially with unforeseen expenses due to COVID. The first round of HEERF funds, HEERF I, were provided to Concordia for students with the following eligible expenses:

  • Food/housing expenses resulting from the move off-campus when campus housing was closed or due to quarantine.
  • Technology-related expenses due to courses being offered solely online or hybrid courses.
  • Transportation expenses resulting of unexpectedly leaving campus, having to return from a program that was canceled (choir tour, study trips) or returning home due to quarantine.
  • Child care
  • Course materials
  • Health care expenses, including expenses related to COVID testing
  • Other unique circumstances related to the transition

Concordia University, Nebraska signed and submitted the Certification and Agreement Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, in the amount of $1,017,489 on April 26, 2020. At Concordia, we have dedicated $508,745 of the funds to provide emergency financial aid grants directly to eligible students. The remaining funds were used to provide room and board credits to students. Covering expenditures from April 26, 2020, through September 30, 2020. Approximately 1,100 enrolled students at the time of disruption, of which 976 filed a 19/20 FAFSA, are eligible to apply for the emergency grants. To be eligible for the grant the student must be Title IV eligible. The initial reimbursement amount is $400 per student for students enrolled after March 13, 2020. Pending leftover funds, eligible students with larger expenses may be reimbursed beyond $400 with a maximum reimbursement of $2,000. As of March 31, 2021, Concordia University has disbursed all student allocated funds of $508,745 to 539 students.

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