Dear Simpson Student:
Simpson College has applied for, but not yet received, the emergency financial aid grants for students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. CARES Act funding may be used to assist students with expenses incurred due to the interruption of campus operations. Simpson is in the process of interpreting the full intent of these grants, and we are striving to put funding in our students’ hands as quickly as possible. With that said, the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators, our professional association, is advising us to pause for further guidance and that is exactly what we are doing. The guidance is changing daily, even hourly at times.
WHAT WE DO KNOW: The CARES Act funds are for the sole and exclusive purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants to students for their EXPENSES related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses. It is only available to Federal Title IV eligible students. Students who were enrolled exclusively online on March 13, 2020 are NOT eligible according to the federal government.
The language above is taken directly from the grant agreement. Funds are for EXPENSES incurred DUE TO THE DISRUPTION OF CAMPUS OPERATIONS and not income lost.
Simpson students will need to complete a short application to be considered for CARES funding. This application will be delivered through the SC Connect portal and it will be a web-based application. We will send another email as soon as the application opens for student use (likely to be next week). Students will have a timeframe of 10 days during which they can apply for the funding. Applications for funding will be reviewed by a committee. Applying for grant funds does not mean a student will receive funds. Again our first priority is to put funds in our students’ hands quickly, while maintaining compliance and staying within the grant’s intentions.
We also understand that there will be situations causing the need for us to review your FAFSA data, due to it no longer accurately reflecting your household income. These reviews will impact the 2020-21 academic year. That is a separate process AND not a part of the CARES Act funding. I sent an email to all students on April 7 regarding this process. As a reminder, I have attached the contents of that email here. Again, it is likely a little early for you to know the long-term impact on your family and as such, likely too soon for this type of review.