Lincoln University CARES Act Student Grant Funding

  1. Estimated CARES Act Title IV Eligible Lincoln University Students:
    1. Current Students:  Lincoln University estimates that 35-40 current students already receive Title IV federal student financial aid and are eligible for grant funding should they apply. There are an estimated 10-15 additional current students who may qualify for grant funding should they apply for a grant.

    2. New Students:  Lincoln University estimates that 10-25 new students in the Fall 2020 semester could qualify for CARES Act grant funding. An additional estimated 10-25 new students for the Spring 2021 semester could qualify for CARES Act grant funding.

  2. CARES Act Grant Funding Process Steps:

    1. Student Notification of CARES ACT Grant funding Availability:
      1. July 9, 2020:  All students were sent an e-mail using the "students@lincolnucasf.edu" student e-mail distribution list notifying them of the CARES Act grand funding opportunity. The e-mail included information about qualifying and applying for a CARES Act grant, and included an application form. Students were informed they must demonstrate eligibility for Title IV funds to qualify for the grant by submitting a FAFSA or by having a FAFSA already on file in the FSA system. The application requires the applicant to check a box that indicates the student understands he or she can only use CARES Act grant funds for CARES Act approved qualifying financial needs and/or expenses.

      2. July 9, 2020:  CARES Act grant funding documentation that was included in the e-mail list above is posted on the Lincoln University website under "Student CARES Act Funds" at this link: http://lincolnuca.edu/admission/stdscareactgrant.

      3. July 28, 2020:  A second CARES Act grant funding e-mail was sent to all LU students using "students@lincolnucasf.edu" that included the information document and the application.

      4. If funds still exist, follow-up e-mails will be periodically sent until the funds are depleted or the grant terminates.

    2. Verification of Title IV Eligibility and Qualification for CARES Act Grant Funding:
      1. Student submits a grant application to financial aid (FA) staff. The staff person receiving the application will sign and date the appropriate administrative box at the bottom of the form that indicates they have received it.

      2. If a student does not have a valid FAFSA on file with Lincoln University, the student is told to submit the FAFSA to confirm Title IV eligibility. If a student needs help with the FAFSA, FA staff will assist.

      3. All completed FAFSAs (on-file or new) will be reviewed by FA to confirm Title IV eligibility and compliance with CARES Act requirements concerning student financial aid and/or loans. The Pell eligibility and EFC for the applicant will be reviewed by FA staff and written on the application form for reference. The FA staff member performing the verification will sign and date the appropriate administrative box at the bottom of the application form.

      4. Once confirmed, the student's application will be forwarded by FA staff to the finance and accounting office (F&A) for award consideration based on the student's needs, the number of students applying for the grant, the estimated number of Title IV eligible students attend Lincoln, and the availability of grant funding for the duration of the grant award period (one-year).

    3. CARES Act Grant Funding Determination:
      1. The F&A professional staff will review applications submitted to them by the financial aid office to ensure the applicant qualifies for a grant award based on the student's qualifying needs.

      2. Applications that were approved by July 29, 2020 by the FA office were considered to be Lincoln's first round of CARES Act grant fund disbursement.

      3. The professional judgment of the F&A staff was used to determine the amount of the grant award based on the CARES Act 18004(a)(1) criteria. This decision took into account the qualifying financial needs of students, the number of students applying for the grant, the estimated number of current and future Title IV eligible students, and the availability of grant funding for the duration of the grant award period (one-year).

      4. Based on the decision-making criteria indicated above, a standard $2500 grant was awarded using the professional judgment of the F&A staff.

      5. The F&A office sent an e-mail to the student indicating they are scheduled to receive a grant and in what amount. The appropriate administrative boxes at the bottom of the application form will signed and dated by F&A staff.

      6. Grant funds will be sent to the student by the F&A office within 3-weeks after their application was approved and they were notified by e-mail. Grant recipients are required to sign and return the attestation form that attests he or she will use their grant funding for eligible CARES Act expenses.

    4. CARES Act Record Keeping & Disclosures
      1. The F&A and financial aid office work together to maintain all records as required by the CARES Act (18004(a)(1) for HEERF funds, and to submit required reports to ED.

      2. The number of HEERF fund disbursements and in what amounts were posted on the Lincoln University website for public disclosure as required by the grant.

      3. All required CARES Act/HEERF funds public disclosure documents were posted on the university's website under the "CARES Act" category.

      4. The financial aid office is responsible for maintaining records of students who have withdrawn from the university after receiving HEERF funding.




Date Issued: July 30, 2020/AVP MG