The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act enacted by Congress in March of 2020 provided Fairmont State with limited emergency funds to assist students facing financial need as a result of COVID-19. Fairmont State signed the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CARES Act on April 9, 2020, submitted it to the U.S. Department of Education on April 11, 2020, received approval on April 27, 2020, and has used the full amount received, $1,713,280, to provide emergency grants to assist students. These funds were distributed to eligible students who completed an application and experienced a COVID-19 related expense due to the disruption of campus operations, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, child care, medical and travel expense.
Students who met the eligibility requirements provided by the U.S. Department of Education were awarded emergency grants of $750 for full-time students and $500 for part-time. An estimated 2,694 students were eligible to apply for the emergency grant. Based on the latest guidance available from the Department of Education, in order to be eligible to receive a CARES Act grant, students were required to be Title IV eligible. The University used the following criteria to determine eligibility: *
*This information is based on the latest guidance available from the Department of Education and may not be the final update to how the government requires the University to distribute the funds. Fairmont State continues to seek guidance from the federal government and will notify students and families as soon as possible of any further changes.
Fairmont State University is required to report to the U.S. Department of Education the number of students awarded 30 days from the day of receiving notification of the award and then every 45 days thereafter until the funds are depleted. Fairmont State received updated reporting requirements on September 23, 2020, requiring a report be submitted on the 10th of the month following the end of the quarter (April 10th, July 10, September 10th, and January 10th).
|Total Number of Students Awarded||Total Number of Awards||Total Amount of Awards||Reporting Date||Reporting Period|
|504||504||$367,250||May 27, 2020||May 27, 2020|
|800||800||$583,500||July 13, 2020||July 13, 2020|
|942||942||$687,250||August 27, 2020||August 27, 2020|
|1584||2250||$1,645,500||October 10, 2020||September 30, 2020|
|January 10, 2021||December 31, 2020|
On September 23, 2020, Fairmont State was advised of reporting requirements regarding the institutional portion of the CARES Act funding it received. Please find the link(s) below to the required reporting:
*The information provided regarding CARES Act funding is based on the latest guidance available from the Department of Education. However, the Department of Education sets the criteria for distribution of CARES Act funding, and the University will update and follow this guidance as the information becomes available.