Johns Hopkins students who have incurred costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a $1,000 grant from the federal government and distributed by the university.
The university will begin distributing more than $10 million directly to students most impacted by the pandemic. Approximately 12,000 JHU undergraduate, residential full-time master's, PhD, and MD students—about 40% of Hopkins' total enrollment—will be directly notified of their eligibility for the grants. This is in addition to the $13.1 million in institutional financial aid already provided to 2,600 undergraduates to help with unexpected financial changes related to COVID, and to $2.5 million in emergency grants and other assistance.
"We know that the pandemic has posed many new challenges for our students, from changes in family economic circumstances to delays in travel and fieldwork necessary for dissertations, to interruptions in bench research," JHU President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Sunil Kumar wrote in a message to students and faculty today. "We are determined to make sure these difficulties do not prevent students from meeting their goals or continuing to make academic progress safely during the pandemic.
"You have done so much to pursue your work while advancing Johns Hopkins' mission and keeping yourselves and others safe, and we remain committed to supporting you during these difficult times."
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) was formed as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed into law on March 20, 2020. New funds were included in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), which passed on Dec. 27, 2020. Both relief packages include funds to help students cope with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funds will be distributed as follows:
- All students enrolled in a PhD or MD program in spring 2021 are eligible for a grant of $1,000
- All full-time residential students enrolled in a JHU master's program in spring 2021 are eligible for a grant of $500
- Undergraduates enrolled in spring 2021 who have an estimated family contribution of less than $22,100 and received need-based financial aid in the fall 2020 term are eligible for a grant of $1,000
Eligibility is limited to students who were enrolled in a program of study that included in-person study before the pandemic.
Upon notification, students will have to complete a certification statement in SIS Self-Service acknowledging that they incurred expenses and are eligible to receive federal student aid. Students who do not complete the certification or who indicate they did not incur eligible expenses will have their funds reallocated to other students.
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