CARES Act Reporting
The following information is listed in order to comply with the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) official reporting requirements related to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was signed into law on March 27, 2020, by President Donald J. Trump.
Certification and Acknowledgement:
On June 16, 2020, Liberty University signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education with the intention of using the funds allocated under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students. Liberty University was awarded the HEERF student portion of the CARES Act funding on June 25, 2020.
Total Amount of Funds Received:
Liberty University received a total of $15,205,124 in CARES Act funds, of which, at least $7,602,562 will be given directly in the form of emergency financial aid grants to students.
Total Amount of Funds Distributed:
The total amount of funds distributed to eligible students as of September 30, 2020, is $10,596,225. This includes both the emergency financial aid grant portion (student portion) as well as the institution portion.
Liberty University received the HEERF student portion of the CARES Act funds on June 25, 2020. To meet the initial 30-days reporting requirement, Liberty University is reporting the below figures as of July 24, 2020, regarding the total amount of funds that have been distributed to students.
Number of Title IV Eligible Students:
For the 2019-20 award year, there were a total of 13,249 students eligible to participate under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and there were a total number of 12,126 eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants (student portion) and 13,933 were eligible to receive the institution portion at Liberty University.
Number of Students Receiving CARES Act Funds:
The total number of students at Liberty University who have received either the student and/or the institution portion of the CARES Act funds as of September 30, 2020, is 11,467.
Institutional Distribution Methodology:
The formula to distribute the student emergency aid and institutional portions of the CARES Act funds to students was based on average costs and expenses for broad categories of students, such as dorm vs. commuter students, those with and without meal plans, and those who either stayed in Lynchburg after March 28, 2020 or left Lynchburg before that time. The amount of funds will vary by those categories and are anticipated to be between a minimum of $280 and a maximum of $2,465 per eligible student. These amounts are in addition to the previously awarded $1,000 credits. If students do not need the CARES Act funding, the certification that Liberty emailed to all eligible students will enable the students to decline the funding (such funds will then be provided to those students who confirm their eligibility by July 31, 2020).
Instructions Provided to Eligible Students:
Students that are eligible for CARES Act funds must complete a self-certification form by the deadline of July 31, 2020. This particular form link was sent by way of email to each eligible student on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
Communication Efforts to Eligible Students:
As part of our communication efforts to eligible students, in addition to the initial email and form link noted in “Instructions Provided to Eligible Students”, Liberty also communicated to our eligible students by way of call campaigns, additional emails, voice blasts, social media posts, and a text blast.
- The call campaigns were run on 7/8/2020, 7/9/2020, 7/17/2020, 7/23/2020, and 7/30/2020.
- The email campaigns were sent on 7/1/2020, 7/14/2020, 7/21/2020, and 7/28/2020.
- The voice blasts were run on 7/2/2020, 7/10/2020, 7/17/2020, 7/24/2020, and 7/31/2020.
- The social media posts were run on 7/1/2020, 7/6/2020, 7/9/2020, 7/13/2020, 7/16/2020, 7/23/2020, 7/27/2020, 7/30/2020, and 7/31/2020.
- The text blast was generated on 7/29/2020.
Extension of the Deadline:
On July 30, 2020, it was determined that Liberty University would extend the CARES Act self-certification form submission deadline to August 14, 2020. An official deadline extension notice was emailed to eligible students on July 31, 2020.
Extension Communication Efforts to Eligible Students:
- The email campaigns were sent on 8/4/2020 and 8/11/2020
- The voice blasts were run on 8/7/2020 and 8/14/2020
- The social media posts were run on 7/31/2020, 8/3/2020, 8/6/2020, 8/10/2020, 8/13/2020, and 8/14/2020
Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”)), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the Act to submit (in a time and manner required by the Secretary) a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”). The Certification and Agreement directs each institution applying for HEERF funds to comply with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act and submit an initial report (the “30-day Fund Report”) to the Secretary thirty (30) days from the date of the institution’s Certification and Agreement to the Department. Accordingly, the above information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter: