CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants

CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants
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
o Possessing a valid social security number
o International (F-1/J-1), undocumented, and DACA students are not eligible for HEERF funding.
• Student must be meeting the minimal standards of academic progress (SAP) as established by the Office of Financial Aid
• Students enrolled in an exclusively online program are note eligible for CARES funding
• Males between the ages of 18-26 must be registered with 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.

Evaluation Process:
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:
1. Financial Aid classification and Title IV program eligibility
2. Food insecurity
3. Required course materials purchased due to the disruption of college activities
4. Technology demands as related to the disruption of college activities
5. Health care needs as related to the disruption of college activities
6. Childcare
7. 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.

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.