- Concordia University Chicago signed and submitted the Certification and Agreement for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for the student portion on May 8, 2020. The amount was approved and received on May 15, 2020. The Certification and Agreement for the institutional portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund was signed and submitted on May 29, 2020. The amount was approved and received on June 2, 2020. The University intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.
- Concordia University Chicago received a total of $1,875,573 from the US Department of Education. At least half of the amount allocated or $937,787, will be awarded to students as an emergency financial aid grant.
- As of June 8, 2020, the University disbursed $428,934.80 in emergency financial aid grants to students.
- Concordia University Chicago estimates a total of 990 students are eligible to participate in programs under 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.
- The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant as of June 8, 2020 is 425. All disbursements were issued by June 9, 2020 via direct deposit or paper check.
- Concordia University Chicago followed the Federal guidelines released in order to select the appropriate population of students who were impacted the most from the disruption of campus activities due to COVID-19.
The following criteria was used for the initial announcements to students:
- Enrolled in face-to-face courses as a traditional undergraduate student
- Enrolled full-time for Spring 2020 and registered for Fall 2020
- Must have completed a valid 2019-20 and 2020-21 FAFSA
- Must have a financial need that meets one or more items below:
- Course Materials
- Health Care
- Child Care
- Other – Please specify (Travel, etc.)
Each student who met the criteria as listed received a $1,000 grant by completing an online form. Students received communication via email and text messages on June 1, 2020 with an explanation of the grant and a link to the online form. The online form allowed for students to confirm their address if requesting a paper check or confirm the direct deposit information.
In addition, there were six students who received a reimbursement for loss of travel expenses for a school-related trip canceled and one student who incurred additional travel expenses for having to return unexpectedly from a study abroad program due to travel restrictions.