CARES Act Reporting

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting

Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students

The following information is provided to comply with the Department of Education's CARES Act Reporting requirements. This information is limited to CARES Act funding and does not include grant programs utilizing institutional funds.

Reporting as of: August 4, 2020

The Ohio State University submitted a Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to the Department of Education in April, 2020. Pursuant to this agreement, Ohio State assures that no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(A)(1) of the CARES Act are being used to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Ohio State was allocated $21,442,608 from the U.S. Department of Education pursuant to the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act as of August 4, 2020 is $16,327,008 Ohio State will report updates at least every 45 days, as awarding emergency funds continues.

The 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)(a) of the CARES Act is 39,010.

The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act is 14,709. Ohio State continues to award emergency funds.

The methods utilized to determine distribution of emergency funds are as follows:

1. An application process for students to request funds for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child-care expenses under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act has been established. The Emergency Grant Form is available to all students. Award amounts are determined by Ohio State based upon an individualized review of the student emergency grant application in accordance with guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education. As of August 4, 2020, the average amount awarded to a student is $1,110.

Ohio State announced the availability of emergency grants in a message sent on April 21, 2020, to all students, and the president reiterated that message in several follow-up emails to the university community. Additionally, the university amplified awareness through a media release and social media. Student notifications include information that funds may be used for allowable expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care expenses.

2. In addition to the emergency grant form available for students to complete, the university recognizes the significant hardship that COVID-19 has created for our students with the greatest need and awarded Pell eligible, undergraduate students $1,000 CARES grants. Students were notified of the awards via direct email. These notifications include information that funds may be used for allowable expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care expenses.

Awards were made on May 26 and direct notifications were sent to students on the same date.  In addition, the university notified the campus community via a media release on May 27.

Ohio State students can visit the Student Financial Aid COVID-19 webpage for additional information and specific guidance regarding Emergency Financial Aid Grants, including to review program information, eligibility requirements and directions for submitting an application.