What Is The CARES Act?
TLU received funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist students who were affected financially due to disruption of university campus operations.
- TLU signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement. TLU spent 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 its students.
- TLU received funds totaling $704,097 from the Department of Education pursuant to our Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
- As of July 14, 2020, TLU distributed $704,097 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to 1,141 students. The awards ranged from $396 to $5,566.
- At that time, TLU had an estimate of 1,186 students 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.
- The July 14, 2020 report is the final report covering all HEERF expenditures for Section 18004(a)(1) Student Portion funds.
How to Apply
Because funds for the Student Portion of the HEERF Section 18004(a)(1) have been exhausted, TLU is no longer accepting applications for student emergency aid through that program. In order to have received funds, students must have completed the emergency aid application provided HERE or upon request. Funds were granted for student expenses that were related to TLU’s campus closure due to COVID-19. Eligible expenses included: food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare. Note: Grants were awarded for expenses but not lost pay.
Guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education stated that TLU may not use the emergency financial aid grants to satisfy a student’s outstanding account balance. The Department of Education notes that the student may use his or her emergency financial aid grant for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do emergency grant funds have to be repaid?
How soon will I know if my request is granted?
Student Financial Services’ goal is to review the requests within 1 week of a complete request being submitted.
How will I be notified?
Student Financial Services will send an email to your TLU email address when additional information is needed, your request is approved, and your check mailed.
Do I need to physically sign my request form?
Yes, typed and electronic signatures are not acceptable.
Do I need to file the FAFSA?
Yes. We must have either a 2019-20 or a 2020-21 FAFSA on file to confirm your Title IV eligibility.
I lost my job; can I be reimbursed for lost pay?
No, but you can request funds to help you pay expenses that you would have paid with your earnings.
What types of expenses may I submit for the grant?
Expenses that you have as a result of COVID-19 and campus closure such as: computer, printer, paper, ink, rent, electricity and other utilities, food, shipping for book return, etc.
Can I just submit the receipts?
No, you must also submit a signed Emergency Aid Request Form.
What can I submit to document rent if I’m not on the lease or utility bills?
Ask the person you are paying rent to for a signed statement detailing what you pay.
If I need to purchase equipment to finish my class, may I request reimbursement?
Yes, as long as the expense is reasonable and needed for the class.
Can I request funds to pay my parents’ expenses.
Depends. You cannot request funds to pay their mortgage or car payment, but you can request funds for the increased costs of food, electricity, etc. To document these, you will need to submit copies of those bills both before and after you returned home.
Is this grant taxable?
Unknown at this time. We suggest you consult with your tax preparer at the time of filing to see what the IRS is saying regarding taxability.