ARP (American Rescue Plan)

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (Commonly called HEERF III since it is the third HEERF allocation that was appropriated) received appropriations under Section 2002 of the American Rescue Plan.

On May 15th, 2021 Johnson University received $1,488,433 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. The University agrees and follows all expectations and guidelines as outlined in Section 2002 of the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

HEERF II

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (Commonly called HEERF III since it is the third HEERF allocation that was appropriated) received appropriations under Section 2002 of the American Rescue Plan.

On May 15th, 2021 Johnson University received $1,488,433 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. The University agrees and follows all expectations and guidelines as outlined in Section 2002 of the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under 314 (a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) as of December 1, 2021 was $498,858 for 771 students.

The University agrees and follows all expectations and guidelines as outlined in the Department of Education’s final rule, “Eligibility To Receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students Under HEERF” (May 14, 2021, 86 FR 26608) (final rule) as well as 34 CFR § 668.2, 34 CFR § 600.2, 85 FR 15337, and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to determine student eligibility for these funds. The University prioritized students with “exceptional need” by making a higher award to students at one of our residential campuses whose cost of attendance is higher, then a smaller award to our online students whose cost of attendance is less than our residential students to assist in covering the cost of attendance in light of the detrimental effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, followed by an additional award to Pell-eligible students in either category with a Pell-eligible EFC.

Johnson distributed the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) from the appropriations from Section 2002 from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) as follows:

According to the University’s policy guidelines, all student recipients had to be full-time at Johnson and meet the expectations and guidelines as outlined in the laws and regulations detailed above.

EMERGENCY GRANT: Current students taking face-to-face classes at either our TN or FL campuses received a cash grant of $1,600 to assist in covering the cost of attendance in light of the detrimental effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

EMERGENCY GRANT: Current students taking online or graduate classes received a cash grant of $750 to assist in covering the cost of attendance in light of the detrimental effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

ADDITIONAL EMERGENCY GRANT FOR STUDENTS WITH A 0-5846 EFC: Pell-eligible students with a 0-5846 EFC received a $750 cash grant to assist in covering the cost of attendance in light of the detrimental effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES GRANT: Limited additional funds will be available after January 15th, 2022 to students with demonstrated financial need due to special circumstances. Applications are available on the student portal. The amount will be determined by individual need and the professional judgment of the Financial Aid Director. The maximum award is $1,000.

LIMITS: The standard maximum amount any student may receive is $3,400.

CARES Act Information

Johnson University signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students, and has used 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 May 6, 2020, Johnson University received $498,858 from the Department 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 March 1, 2021 was $498,858.

752 students at Johnson University meet Johnson’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (Hereafter HEERF) Policy Guidelines and were also determined to be 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. All 589 students received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant.

Johnson distributed the money as follows:

According to HEERF policy guidelines, all student recipients had to be full-time face-to-face undergraduate students and qualified to receive Title IV funds.

1. EMERGENCY GRANT: Current (enrolled through 3-13-20) students received a cash grant of $300.00 to assist in covering the cost of attendance in light of the disruption of the semester and shift to remote instruction due to the coronavirus pandemic. The base grant addressed expenses related to transportation, housing, food, course materials, technology needs, and health care;

2.PELL/FIRST GEN GRANT: Pell-eligible and any additional First Generation students enrolled in the Fall 2020 semester received a $300.00 cash grant to assist in covering the cost of attendance in light of the detrimental effects of the coronavirus pandemic;

3. SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES GRANT: Limited additional funds will be available after September 1, 2020 to students with demonstrated financial need due to special circumstances. Applications are available on the student portal. The amount will be determined by individual need and the professional judgment of the Financial Aid Director. Maximum award is $1000.00.

4.LIMITS: The standard maximum amount any student may receive is $1,600.00.

Students were emailed this message on May 8, 2020 and were instructed that checks would be mailed out beginning no later than May 18, 2020. All checks were printed and mailed beginning May 12, 2020 for “1. EMERGENCY FUNDS.” Checks for 2.PELL/FIRST GEN GRANT and 3. SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES GRANT will begin mailing in mid-October.