Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under section 18004(e) of the CARES Act Reporting and Disclosure

Kent State University (KSU) acknowledges that on April 13, 2020, the institution signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement form.  KSU has used, or intends to use, at least 50% of the funds received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide HEER Funded KSU CARES Grants to students.

HEERF September 30, 2020 Report and Disclosure

CARES Act Report and Disclosure

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
Kent State University
September 30, 2020

Kent State University (KSU) acknowledges that on April 13, 2020, the institution signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement form. KSU has used, or intends to use, at least 50% of the funds received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide HEER Funded KSU CARES Grants to students.

  • The total amount of HEER funding that KSU received to distribute to students is $9,653,622.
  • The total amount of HEER funded KSU CARES Grants that have been distributed to KSU students as of September 9, 2020 is $9,653,622.
  • The estimated total number of KSU students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore eligible to receive an Emergency CARES Grant is 27,581.
  • The total number of students who have received a KSU CARES Grant is 6,078.

Kent State University is using one student application to be considered for the federal HEER funding (KSU CARES Grant) or for KSU Foundation funding (Kent State Emergency Grant). Students are considered first for KSU CARES Grant funding.

To be eligible for a HEER funded KSU CARES Grant a student must:

  1. Complete the Kent State Emergency Grant Application available at: https://www.kent.edu/studentaffairs/dean/covid-19-emergency-resources
  2. Be enrolled in the current term in a KSU degree or certificate granting program
  3. Not be enrolled in an online program
  4. Complete a FAFSA for the current aid year AND:
    • Had federal Title IV aid  disbursed (paid) from one or more fund in the term being reviewed:
      • Federal Pell Grant
      • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant
      • Federal TEACH Grant
      • Federal Iraq/Afghanistan Grant
      • Federal Work Study
      • Federal Direct Loan Student Loan
      • Federal Direct PLUS Loan
      • Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan - OR-
    • Was offered federal Title IV aid, student declined or did not accept, and is still eligible to receive that aid for the current term.
  5.  Request funding for an eligible HEER funded KSU CARES Grant reason.
    • Cannot afford rent, food, or utilities this month
    • Emergency transportation costs
    • Car repairs they cannot afford, for reasons that began after March 13, 2020
    • Unexpected childcare expenses
    • Books, other course-required supplies, or technology required for online coursework
    • Unexpected medical expenses related to COVID-19

KSU CARES Grant Award Determination

The maximum HEER funded KSU CARES Grant award made to a student is based on the requested amount and the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the current aid year FAFSA.

Maximum awards are:

EFC Range

Award Amount

0-9999 Up to $3,000
10,000 or above Up to $1,500

How Students are Notified:

At the time a Kent State Emergency Grant Application is received and again when a decision is reached, students are notified with an email to their kent.edu account and their FlashLine Account is updated to reflect the application status.

The Kent State Emergency Grant Application is available at:  https://www.kent.edu/studentaffairs/dean/covid-19-emergency-resources

Students are directed to the Kent State FlashLine student portal to complete the application. The application is only available to students enrolled in the current term.

HEERF Ninety Day Report and Disclosure
HEERF Forty-Five Day Report and Disclosure
HEERF Thirty Day Report and Disclosure