Acknowledgment that MSMU signed and returned the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, 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 students.
On 4/16/2020 MSMU signed and returned the Department of Education Certification and Agreement letter assuring the Department that the institution will use no less than 50 percent ($1,567,874) of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
The total amount of funds that MSMU will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Student.
On 4/25/2020 MSMU received $1,567,874 from the Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students:
The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission.
As of July 16, 2020 the university has awarded $1,567,874 in CARES Act emergency grants to students
The estimated total number of students at MSMU 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.
Based on the student eligibility parameters included in the CARES Act and the additional clarification directives provided by the Department of Education, MSMU estimates approximately 2,520 students were eligible for consideration for emergency grant funding.
The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
As of July 16, 2020 there are 1,034 students who have been awarded emergency grant funds under the CARES Act based on the eligibility parameters and MSMU awarding process.
The method(s) used by MSMU to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
Due to the high level of financial need of Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles (MSMU) students and a variety of different programs of study, we have elected to request that students submit an application (enclosed) for receipt of CARES Act funds.
Students were notified of the nature of the CARES Act funding and application process via email (enclosed) as well as Zoom presentations to the Traditional Undergraduate Student Government Association Meeting, an Associate Degree in Nursing Students Town Hall, and Weekend and Evening College student forum. All students, regardless of program, are eligible to apply for CARES Act funding (Associate’s Degree, Traditional Undergraduate, Weekend and Evening College, Graduate) if they meet these eligibility requirements:
Any applicant deemed ineligible upon review by the Office of Financial Aid were notified of ineligibility and given the opportunity to appeal and notify MSMU of eligibility in writing.
- Have been enrolled at MSMU during the spring 2020 semester and incurred an expense related to the disruption of on-ground courses during the semester.
- Have been enrolled in a program with classes meeting in person at one of the two campuses (exclusively online students excluded) prior to March 13, 2020.
- Be a U.S. citizen who is receiving federal student aid or is eligible to receive federal student aid through submission of a FAFSA.
In order to attempt to accommodate the largest amount of student applicants, a range of dollar awards based in part on EFC was established with a maximum CARES Act award of $3,000 per student. Two notifications of available funds were sent to students and due to the high volume of applications, the parameters of need and range of amount provided were revised at two points in the process to assist the most amount of students. All eligible students who submitted an application received some funds.
Students enrolled in programs which required early termination of classes and receipt of a grade of No Credit in the course for the Spring 2020 semester due solely to inability to access offsite locations for experiential learning credit (nursing or health care facilities for clinical rotations for Nursing programs, student teaching for Education teaching credential) were awarded the maximum amount of $3,000. Students who applied for emergency grants through the Office of Student Affairs after March 27 to address direct costs related to the transition to online learning and met the federal requirements for eligibility were awarded funds through the CARES Act.
Funds were applied to the student account and students were issued the award through either the university e-refund system or check. Students were alerted that the application review process may take up to ten business days depending on volume and the average length of time from approval of funds to student receipt of funds is approximately five days.
Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by MSMU to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
The PDF links below include email communications delivered to students concerning the process to complete the CARES Act Emergency Assistance Application and eligibility. Also included, is an email message delivered to students regarding CARES Act Funds for Incomplete Courses.