This week, Transylvania University began distribution of additional federal COVID-19 relief funds to students. This recently available funding from the U.S. Department of Education is allocated through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, allocations to institutions are based on a formula that includes several criteria. Final student grant eligibility details are still pending from the federal government, though Transylvania has moved quickly to distribute funds to those students who meet the preliminary requirements defined by the U.S. education department.
“Our immediate priority is to quickly disburse funds to those we know meet the federal government’s initial requirements,” said President Brien Lewis. “We will distribute the remaining funds when we receive additional details from the federal government.”
The student grants do not require any repayment and do not impact financial aid awards.
Last April, when similar funds were made available under the CARES Act, Transylvania distributed 100% of funds received to 891 full-time students. Transylvania was one of the first institutions in the state to distribute these grants, getting emergency funding into the hands of students as soon as possible.
In the 11 months since the COVID pandemic changed operations at Transylvania, the university has not only provided designated federal funds to students, but also issued partial refunds of room and board in April and November. It also announced the Pioneer Plus initiative, offering students options to continue study at Transylvania for no additional cost.