Information Regarding CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grant

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provided $6 billion to colleges nationwide for emergency student financial aid to be distributed to enrolled students who are "Title IV eligible" and have expenses related to the COVID-19 virus.

Hanover College has been allocated funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants.

Acknowledgement of Funding and Certification

Hanover College has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement for CARES funding to the U.S. Department of Education. Hanover College 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 (HEERF grants).

Hanover College has received $1,065,764 in funding from the U. S. Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

Funds for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Hanover College received $532,882 under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund student portion.

Emergency Financial Aid Grants Distributed to Students Under Section 1800(a)(1) of the CARES ACT

Eligible Students

870 students were deemed 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.

Eligible Students Receiving CARES Act Funds

  • As of May 28, 2020, 155 Hanover College students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  • As of August 24, 2020, 325 unduplicated students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  • As of September 30, 2020, 330 unduplicated students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Distribution Method

Hanover College reviewed and considered the suggestion of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos when determining students with the most demonstrated need during the initial awarding of the grant.

For the initial round of funding, Hanover College used an electronic request form which was made available to all students determined eligible to receive funding. All eligible students received an email notifying them of the availability to apply for emergency funding using the provided electronic form. Funding was then given directly to the eligible students that applied and was based on their EFC.

A second round of funding was given to all eligible Pell grant students upon their arrival back at campus this fall to assist with COVID related expenses such as required materials for class and needed technology.

The third round of funding was made available to all eligible students to cover health expenses related to coronavirus. An electronic form was made available for the fall semester from August 24 through November 24, 2020.

Communication to Students

Emails have been sent to all students that were eligible for funding on May 6, 2020, May 29, 2020 and August 24, 2020.

Emails sent to eligible students.