HEERF Reporting

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020. The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, (CRRSAA) was passed on December 27, 2020. These laws established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and provide funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet. FDU has received funding to help its students during this difficult time. These funds may be used by students to pay for expenses related to the cost of attending the University.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) participating institutions must post the following information on the institution’s primary website in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public.

HEERF I Interim Reporting May 21, 2020; Updated June 1, 2020; Updated July 10, 2020; Updated September 30, 2020 (FINAL)

Fairleigh Dickinson University signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 13, 2020. The University intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  1. The University received $2,885,602 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  2. As of May 21, 2020, the University had not yet distributed any funds to students.  As of June 1, 2020, the University distributed $2,886,700.  As of July 10, 2020, no additional funds have been distributed.  As of September 30, 2020, no additional funds have been distributed.
  3. As of May 21, 2020, the estimated total number of students at the institution 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 was 5,038.  As of June 1, 2020, this number increased to 5,054.  As of July 10, 2020, this number increased to 5,062.  As of September 30, 2020, this number increased to 5,065.
  4. As of May 21, 2020, no students had received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.  As of June 1, 2020, 1,637 students had received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.  As of July 10, 2020, no additional funds have been distributed.  As of September 30, 2020, no additional funds have been distributed.
  5. The University accepted applications for the CARES Act funds.  The University distributed the funds based on the requested amounts provided in the application by each student.  A maximum award level of $3,400 was set to be able to distribute the funds to all eligible students who applied.
  6. An email was sent to the student body directing them to the application on May 11, 2020 and May 21, 2020. In addition, there have been various other communications made to students as it relates to COVID-19.

HEERF II Interim Reporting May 26, 2021 (FINAL)

Fairleigh Dickinson University signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement. The University will use the designated funds to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.

  1. The University received $2,885,602 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  2. As of April 8, 2021, the University distributed $2,946,500. 
  3. Based on the latest guidance from the Department, all students enrolled on or after March 13, 2020 are eligible.
  4. As of April 8, 2021, 1,087 students had received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant.
  5. The University accepted applications for the HEERF II funds.  The University distributed the funds based on the requested amounts provided in the application by each student.  The University was also required to prioritize grants to students with exceptional need.  As such, the University decided to focus the awards on students that had Estimated Family Contributions (EFC) less than or equal to the Pell eligibility level of $5,711.  A maximum award level of $3,100 was set to be able to distribute the funds to all eligible students who applied.
  6. An email was sent to the student body directing them to the application on February 8, 2021. In addition, there have been various other communications made to students as it relates to COVID-19.

HEERF III Interim Reporting September 30, 2021

Fairleigh Dickinson University signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement. The University will use the designated funds to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.

  1. The University received $8,918,407 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  2. As of September 30, 2021, the University distributed $7,986,300.
  3. Based on the latest guidance from the Department, all students enrolled on or after March 13, 2020 are eligible.
  4. As of September 30, 2021, 2,667 students had received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant.
  5. The University accepted an initial round of applications for the HEERF III funds. The University distributed the funds based on the requested amounts provided in the application by each student. The University was also required to prioritize grants to students with exceptional need. As such, the University decided to focus the awards on students that had Estimated Family Contributions (EFC) less than or equal to the approximate level of eligibility for the NJ TAG program of $8,500 or students that had faced significant unexpected expenses, such as the loss of employment (either for themselves or their families), reduced income, or food or housing insecurity. A maximum award level of $3,500 was set to be able to distribute the funds to all eligible students who applied.
  6. An email was sent to current and former students directing them to the application on June 24, 2021, along with a physical mailing to their last known address on file. In addition, there have been various other communications made to students as it relates to COVID-19.

Additional Quarterly Reporting

Additional CARES Act Quarterly Reporting Covering Quarter Ending September 30, 2021 (PDF Document)

Additional CARES Act Quarterly Reporting Covering Quarter Ending June 30, 2021 (PDF Document)

Additional CARES Act Quarterly Reporting Covering Quarter Ending March 31, 2021 Revised (PDF Document)

Additional CARES Act Quarterly Reporting Covering Quarter Ending December 31, 2020 (PDF Document)

Additional CARES Act Quarterly Reporting Covering Quarter Ending September 30, 2020 (PDF Document)