LATEST UPDATES ON FALL 2021 PLANNING, VACCINES, COVID-19 TESTING AND MORE LATEST UPDATES ON FALL 2021 PLANNING, VACCINES, COVID-19 TESTING AND MORE
MSU Denver

The US Department of Education intends to establish reporting requirements regarding the distribution of financial aid grants to students consistent with section 314(e) of CRRSAA and has established the reporting requirements under the CARES Act.  Once guidance for reporting is more clearly defined for the CRRSAA HEERF II funding, we will include compliance reporting here and align with current CARES Act funding reporting which comprises the bulk of the existing information found below.

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 US Department of Education’s Secretary) a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”). The following information is designed to satisfy the reporting requirements as established by the Secretary:

On April 11, 2020  Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) signed and returned to the US Department of Education via grants.gov the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Certification and Agreement for the minimum student allocation of emergency financial aid grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) and 18004(c) of the CARES Act. Per the HEERF Certification and Agreement, MSU Denver was allocated $14,390,083 and has already initiated awarding these funds with the intention to use no less than 50% of the funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. On April 22, 2020, MSU Denver received via G5 the institution’s minimum student allocation of HEERF funds, totaling $7,195,042.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (HEERF I)

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (HEERF II)

American Rescue Plan (HEERF III)

Guidance to Students

Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by MSU Denver to students

Finally, the U.S. Department of Education requires MSU Denver document any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. A summary of those communications and the generalized content therein follows (examples of these communications are on file with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships):

  • Students awarded under the COVID-19 Impact Grant were directed via student email to a web-based application used to certify their financial hardship and expense related to disruption of campus activities due to the coronavirus.
  • Broad email messaging to all students via the Student Affairs office announced the launch of both emergency grant programs (https://www.msudenver.edu/coronavirus-update/covid19-cares-act-funding-050520/). Information was also made available to students via web resources found at the following link as well as student and staff related publications.  https://www.msudenver.edu/financialaid/caresact/
  • COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant was part of broader communications and students were directed to a simplified applications process to identify their eligibility for CARES Act funds as well as other university and community-based resources that might be available.
  • Students in both emergency grant processes were affirmed of the eligibility status and what to expect as far as payment of funds.