The college has revised its reopening plan for the Spring 2021 semester. You can see the plan here.

CARES Act Emergency Funds

CARES Act Emergency Funds

Sentara College of Health Sciences will award more than $178,000 in federal assistance from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The College has signed and returned to the Department of Education a Certification and Agreement assuring that the college 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. Individual grants will range from $300 to $800.

Funds will be granted to eligible students who experienced disruption of campus operations due to or related to the coronavirus. Emergency grants will be distributed based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as reported in FAFSA documents and based on criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education. Students not eligible to receive CARES Act funding and who are experiencing unexpected financial hardships due to COVID-19 or unexpected emergencies may contact the following offices for additional support:

Center for Student Success

Office of Financial Aid 


Student Eligibility for CARES ACT Emergency Funds

Graduate and undergraduate students must:

  • Be an active student and must have been enrolled during the Spring and/or Fall 2020 semesters

  • Be eligible to receive Title IV funds with a valid FAFSA on file

  • Not be in default or owe an overpayment to a federal aid program

  • Meet the college’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy

  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $9,999 or less

  • Not have been enrolled 100% in online classes for the Spring 2020 semester before March 13, 2020


Additional Information

Funding from the federal CARES Act, Section 18004, Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, allows institutions to evaluate students for federal emergency financial aid grants. Emergency Relief Grant funding is limited to students who meet eligibility criteria. Federal Emergency Relief Grant funding will not likely meet your complete financial needs. These funds are a one-time grant and are not renewable. The following are considered expenses under a student's cost of attendance, related to the disruption of university operations due to COVID-19 by the Department of Education:

Campus Housing: Expenses related to paying rent for off-campus housing, or to reimburse housing costs and living expenses due to relocation.

Food: Expenses related to buying groceries, or to reimburse meal costs associated with finding noninstitutional alternatives.

Moving/Shipping: Expenses associated with the closure of residence halls, such as moving, shipping, and storage fees.

Technology: Expenses related to the purchase of technology needs for distance learning, not limited to computers, printers, software, and internet access.

Transportation: Expenses related to unexpected transportation costs (e.g., returning from study-abroad, moving off campus, returning home) or prepaid bus, subway, or commuter rail passes.

As of this update, a total of $130,400 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants were dispersed and received by the 106 students who qualified to receive the funds. A total $89,280 were drawn from the student portion and $41,120 were drawn from the institutional portion of the Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

The estimated total number of students who could be eligible to participate in the Federal student financial aid programs under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and therefore may be eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act in the Spring 2021 Term is 170.

Emergency Aid Applications were sent to new students on March 23, 2021. Disbursement of the remaining funds will be made to qualifying students by April 30, 2021.

Notification of Award

Students receiving CARES Act emergency grants were notified via email. By accepting the funds, students are confirming they incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report

A copy of the most recent Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report may be obtained here.

Updated: 3/31/21

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