Rowan College of South Jersey (RCSJ) is committed to the personal and academic success of our students. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has provided the College with federal grant aid to assist our students*. All students eligible for Title IV program participation as of April 30, 2020, already were issued assistance with their expenses due to the disruption of college activities. This application will allow students that became eligible for Title IV program funds after April 30th to apply for CARES Act assistance. Students that have already received assistance may also apply for additional aid, but priority will be given to students that have not received any prior assistance.
Per federal guidance, all currently enrolled students must be:
- U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens
- Possessing a valid social security number
- International (F-1/J-1), undocumented, and DACA students are not eligible for HEERF funding.
- The student must be meeting the minimal standards of academic progress (SAP) as established by the Office of Financial Aid
- The student enrolled exclusively in on an online degree program are not eligible for CARES funding.
- Males between the ages of 18-26 must have registered for Selective Service to be eligible to receive funding.
- Students who have defaulted on federal student loans are ineligible.
- Employees or spouses/children of employees of Rowan College of South Jersey are not eligible for HEERF funding
- Students must have been actively enrolled for the Spring 2020 semester and did not cease attending/withdraw from courses prior to March 13, 2020, to be eligible for consideration.
Using the currently available federal guidance in issuing relief grant payments to students. RCSJ has developed the following point system to help identify the students with the most need and how to distribute available remaining funds equitably. Through this application process, students will self-disclose their "need" by answering the required questions. Additional information from the RCSJ Student Information System will be used to validate certain elements of the application. The questions will focus on the following categories:
- Financial Aid classification and Title IV program eligibility
- Food insecurity
- Required course materials purchased due to the disruption of college activities
- Technology demands as related to the disruption of college activities
- Health care needs as related to the disruption of college activities
- Housing insecurities as related to the disruption of college activities
Applications will be reviewed for funding consideration by a diverse team of college administrators from various campus departments.
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting (HEERF) - Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
- An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
On April 14, 2020, Rowan College of South Jersey signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement to participate in the CARES Act. As stated in this agreement, the College is currently using no less than 50 per cent of its allocation to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to eligible students.
- The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution's Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
The Department of Educations allocated the College issued $6,557,641 in total CARES act funding. Of this total allocation, $3,278,821 is to be awarded in the form of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to eligible students.
- The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).
As of September 22, the College has awarded $2,616,821.00
- The estimated 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)(1) of the CARES Act.
As of September 22, the College has determined 4,919 students to meet the requirements under section 18004(a)(1) to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants
- The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
As of September 22, the College has issued 4,919 Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
- The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
The College determined that all eligible students received Emergency Financial Aid Grants in the amount of $500. to assist students with expense incurred for additional technology demands, and food insecurities related to the disruption of on-campus activities.
Students with additional needs or were not eligible as the time of the College's initial review/disbursement of Emergency Financial Aid Grants are able to apply for additional funding via an online application.
The College has determined that students will be able to receive a total award amount of $1,000 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
- Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
Distribution of Funds
Due to the expected demand for CARES Act Relief Funds, please allow up to three (3) weeks for applications to be reviewed and payments to be issued. Once funding is approved, students will be notified via the application software and. Relief payment checks will be issued from the College through U.S. Postal mail. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the mailing address on file with the College is accurate. Funds will be granted to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funding has been exhausted. The College will post on its website when funding has been depleted and no longer able to accept applications.
* RCSJ's procedures are based on current federal guidelines and are subject to change