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MNU partners with these organizations to ensure this plan meets current best practices for public health: Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, Olathe Health Systems, NAIA, State of Kansas. Following the requirements is a responsibility we all share! This page is amended as information and guidelines surrounding COVID-19 develop.

FEDERAL HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND UPDATE

Federal HEERF II and III Update for Students Funds

Federal HEERF emergency financial aid grants to students were made possible under (a)(1) of the CARES Act, CRRSAA, and ARP (Student Aid Portion).

Federal HEERF III funds have been awarded to 165 students for a total of $183,100.00 for first quarter ending March 31, 2022. A total of $405,748 is yet to be awarded from Federal HEERF III.

Federal HEERF II and III Update for Institutional Funds

Please see the 00703200_HEERF_Q42021_040822 for details for first quarter of 2022. $300,135.32 was drawn from Federal HEERF II and III Funds COVID-related first quarter expenses.

Application Request

Enrolled students who do not qualify as stated above or have not filed a FAFSA will have the opportunity to apply using an application verifying covid-related expenses. 
 
$1,000 grants will be available for regular students not in the above exceptional need student populations as well as international, DACA, undocumented and other non-citizens.
 
Grants will be provided until funds are exhausted.

HEERF Updates

Federal HEERF II and III Update for Institutional Funds

Please see the 00703200_HEERF_Q12022_0408 for details for first quarter of 2022. $300,135.32 was drawn from Federal HEERF II and III Funds COVID-related first quarter expenses.

Federal HEERF II and III Update for Students Funds

Federal HEERF emergency financial aid grants to students were made possible under (a)(1) of the CARES Act, CRRSAA, and ARP (Student Aid Portion).

Federal HEERF I, II and III awarded for MNU Students totaled $2,913,062. The remainder of Federal HEERF II funds were awarded to 2 students and $457.00 disbursed for fourth quarter 2021. As of December 31, 2021, a total of 731 students have been awarded between $500 and $2,000 for Federal HEERF II totaling $599,857.

Federal HEERF III funds have been awarded to 578 students for a total of $757,000.00 for fourth quarter ending December 31, 2021. A total of $588,848 is yet to be awarded from Federal HEERF III.

Federal HEERF II funds were awarded to 20 students and $12,300 disbursed for third quarter 2021. As of September 30, 2021, a total of 729 students have been awarded between $500 and $2,000 for Federal HEERF II totaling $599,400.  A balance of $457.00 will be awarded in the next quarter.

As of September 30, 2021 Federal HEERF III funds have been awarded to 245 students @ $1,500.00 for a total of $367,500.00.

An estimated 655 students are eligible to receive Federal HEERF III funds.

Please see the 00703200_HEERF_Q32021_101021 for details for third quarter of 2021.  $1,303,923 was drawn from Federal HEERF II and III Funds for prior years and current period COVID-related expenses and lost revenue.

As stated in the July 15, 2021 HEERF Update, the American Rescue Plan (HEERF III) made available $1,713,348.00 to be awarded to students that qualify for the funds.  Enrolled students at MNU during the Fall 2021 semester, on census date, will automatically receive grants based on the highest financial needs. Students who have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid for 2021-2022 with an expected family contribution of 20,000 or less will be awarded the following:

Expected Family Contribution  of $0 to $5,846 receives $1,500
Expected Family Contribution  $5,847 to $20,000 receives $1,200

Federal HEERF II funds were awarded to 20 students and $12,300 disbursed for third quarter 2021. As of September 30, 2021, a total of 729 students have been awarded between $500 and $2,000 for Federal HEERF II totaling $599,400.  A balance of $457.00 will be awarded in the next quarter.

As of September 30, 2021 Federal HEERF III funds have been awarded to 245 students @ $1,500.00 for a total of $367,500.00.  An estimated 655 students are eligible to receive Federal HEERF III funds.

The U.S Department of Education has provided additional funds since the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (HEERF I).  Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (HEERF II) made available $599,857.00 on February 22, 2021 to be awarded to students that qualify for the funds; and on April 9, 2021 $1,612,783.00 was made available to MNU for expenses associated with significant instructional delivery as a result of the coronavirus.

The American Rescue Plan (HEERF III) made available $1,713,348.00 to be awarded to students that qualify for the funds; and on May 15, 2021 made available to MNU $1,595,026.00 for institutional expenses. The student funds will be awarded in the 2021-2022 school year.

The HEERF III Student funds will be awarded according to the following criteria:

•    All students enrolled Fall census date will be eligible for funds;
•    Eligibility amount will be based on full-time; ¾ time, half-time, or less than half-time enrollment (prorated based on enrollment status on the census date;
•    The only mechanism for funds distribution will be ACH, so students must set up an ACH account for funds to be distributed; 
•    Eligibility amount will be determined after the census date when eligible students and enrollment status can be determined.

The remainder of HEERF II will be awarded once ACH forms are completed and HEERF III funds will be awarded in the fall semester.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) grants were awarded to students with exceptional need based on the 2020-2021 FAFSA.

  • Stage 1: For the initial round of awards, students with an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of $0-$200 were given the opportunity to complete an application. Students had to explain how they have been impacted by COVID-19 to be eligible to receive funding. The maximum award on the application was $2,000.00
  • Stage 2:  Students enrolled in the spring semester, who filed a FAFSA with an EFC of $201 to $5,711 or less were all given the opportunity to apply for funds based on COVID-related expenses they have incurred, up to a maximum of $1,500.00. 
  • Stage 3:  Students who did not apply based on COVID-related expenses in the first 2 groups were awarded $500 base rate funds with no application needed.
  • Stage 4: Students with an EFC of  $5,712 to $10,000 EFC enrolled for spring were given $500 base rate funds – no application was needed. 
  • Stage 5:  Students with an EFC of $0 who only received $500, are now receiving an additional $150. 

As of June 30, 2021, 709 students have received between $500 and $2,000 for a total of $587,100

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) grants were awarded to students with exceptional need based on the 2020-2021 FAFSA.

  • Stage 1: For the initial round of awards, students with an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of $0-$200 were given the opportunity to complete an application. Students had to explain how they have been impacted by COVID-19 to be eligible to receive funding. The maximum award on the application was $2,000.00
  • Stage 2:  Students enrolled in the spring semester, who filed a FAFSA with an EFC of $201 to $5,711 or less were all given the opportunity to apply for funds based on COVID-related expenses they have incurred, up to a maximum of $1,500.00. 
  • Stage 3:  Students who did not apply based on COVID-related expenses in the first 2 groups were awarded $500 base rate funds with no application needed.
  • Stage 4: Students with an EFC of  $5,712 to $10,000 EFC enrolled for spring were given $500 base rate funds – no application was needed. 
  • Stage 5:  Students with an EFC of $0 who only received $500, are now receiving an additional $150. 

As of today, April 27, 2021, 659 students have received between $500 and $2,000 for a total of $560,600.00

MNU has awarded a total of $599,857.00 (the amount of $437,250.00 was inadvertently reported here 3-31-21; corrected 4-26-21) for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) grants. Stage 1 of the HEERF II grants were awarded to students with exceptional need based on the 2020-2021 FAFSA.

For the initial round of awards, students with an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of $0-$200 were given the opportunity to complete an application. Students had to explain how they have been impacted by COVID-19 to be eligible to receive funding. 

Stage 2 was for students enrolled in the Spring Semester, who filed a FAFSA with an EFC of $5,711 or less. They were given a $500 base payment amount. These students were all given the opportunity to apply for additional funds based on COVID-related expenses they have incurred.

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act: (CRRSAA) was signed into law on December 27, 2020, which gave the U.S. Department of Education funds to distribute to institutions of higher education through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II). MidAmerica Nazarene University received $599,857.00 on February 22, 2021 to distribute to students to help with emergency expenses due to COVID-19. 

MNU will begin awarding Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) grants starting March 17, 2021. Stage 1 of the HEERF II grants will be awarded to students with exceptional need based on the 2020-2021 FAFSA. For the initial round of awards, students with an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of $0-$200 will be given the opportunity to complete the application. Students must explain how they have been impacted by COVID-19 to be eligible to receive funding. 

Students may use the grants toward:

  • any component of their cost of attendance
  • emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as:
  1. tuition
  2. food
  3. housing
  4. health care (including mental)
  5. child care

If funds are still available after the first round of awards, another round of students will be invited to apply based on their EFC.

  • As of December 31, 2020, 999 students have received grants ranging from $250.00 to $2,020.00  for a total of $599,897 exceeding the student portion of $599,857 by $40.00. The first statement erroneously included payments that were returned by ACH.

         The IRS has an FAQ page that may address student questions about the HEERF grant they received: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/faqs-higher-education-emergency-relief-fund-and-emergency-financial-aid-grants-under-the-cares-act

  • As of December 31, 2020, 997 students have received grants ranging from $250.00 to $2,020; for a total of $602,497.00, exceeding the $599,857.00  by $2,640.00.  The excess funds will be paid by other COVID relief funds received.
  • As of October 5, 2020, 937 students have received $520.00 each; for a total of $487,240. To date, 22 eligible students have not set up the necessary means to receive their funds totaling $11,440.
  • The CARES Act Additional Funds application deadline for students was extended to August 15, 2020. To date, $98,400 has been given to 89 students. Two additional (last-minute application) students need to set up the necessary means to receive their funds totaling $2777.
  • As of August 8, 2020, 905 students have received $520.00 each; for a total of $470,600. On 5/20/20 eligible students were notified to their MNU email address to set up their ACH refund capability in order to receive the CARES Act Funds. Reminder emails were sent on 5/29/20 and again several times in June 2020. To date, 57 eligible students have not set up the necessary means to receive their funds.
  • The application deadline for students has been extended to August 15, 2020. 
  • On June 30, 2020, the HEERF committee administering funding for eligible students through the CARES Act posted on SharePoint (MNU’s internal portal), the application for students to use in order to be considered for the limited funds available. This application will be available until July 30, 2020.
  1. MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) submitted the signed Certification and Agreement for the student portion of the HEERF / CARES Act grant to the Department of Education on April 10, 2020.
  2. MNU was scheduled to receive $599,857 for the student portion.  However, $703,200 was received on April 28. The excess of $103,343 was returned on May 12, 2020.
  3. As of this date, $454,480.00 have been distributed to students.
  4. The number of MNU students eligible to participate in the emergency grant program: 962. Eligibility is defined as enrolled in and completed the Spring 2020 term, filed a 1920 FAFSA and are not enrolled only in online only courses prior to the closing of campus in March.
  5. As of this date, 872 students have received the emergency grants.
  6. The methodology used to determine the amount of the distribution was an equal distribution to all eligible recipients.  All MNU students have suffered financial hardship as a result of the COVID pandemic. A portion of the funds is also available to be distributed on a case-by-case basis to students that have special needs above and beyond the initial funds delivered to them. A committee of appropriate managers will determine and oversee that distribution.
  7. An email from the President, that included a discussion of the upcoming HEERF / CARES Act distribution, was sent to students and parents on May 11. Two separate emails from the CFO/VP Finance, discussing the HEERF / CARES Act distribution were sent May 12, the first to undergraduate students and their parents, the second to eligible graduate students. Finally, an email with instructions on setting up ACH information in MNU’s payment system, was sent on May 20 from the Bursar to all eligible students, to facilitate a quicker distribution of the funds. 
  1. MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) submitted the signed Certification and Agreement for the student portion of the HEERF / CARES Act grant to the Department of Education on April 10, 2020.  
  2. MNU was scheduled to receive $599,857 for the student portion.  However, $703,200 was received on April 28. The excess of $103,343 was returned on May 12, 2020.
  3. As of this date, none of the funds have been distributed to students.  However, the distributions are to begin next week.  
  4. The estimated number of MNU students eligible to participate in the emergency grant program: 1,085.
  5. As of this date, no students have received the emergency grants.  However, that distribution will begin next week.
  6. The methodology used to determine the amount of the distribution was an equal distribution to all eligible recipients.  All MNU students have suffered financial hardship as a result of the COVID pandemic. MNU will also hold back approximately $100,000 of the $599,857 student portion to be distributed on a case-by-case basis to students that have special needs above and beyond the initial funds delivered to them. A committee of appropriate managers will determine and oversee that distribution.
  7. An email from the President, that included a discussion of the upcoming HEERF / CARES Act distribution, was sent to students and parents on May 11. Two separate emails from the CFO/VP Finance, discussing the HEERF / CARES Act distribution were sent May 12, the first to undergraduate students and their parents, the second to eligible graduate students. Finally, an email with instructions on setting up ACH information in MNU’s payment system, will be sent this week or early next week from the Bursar to all eligible students, to facilitate a quicker distribution of the funds.

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