CARES Act Reporting

You may have read that the U.S. Congress, in its coronavirus relief legislation, provided funds to help students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CARES Act

Purdue Northwest recognizes, as Congress did, that you may have incurred unexpected expenses as a result of COVID-19’s disruption of our campus operations in Spring 2020 (new Fall 2020 students, students in online programs prior to COVID-19 and those who were not enrolled in the spring semester are not eligible). The application provides an opportunity for you to recover related expenses for such items as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. Please see the application for additional details. We will make every effort to assist you in getting reimbursed for those expenses if they are allowable under guidance from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid and if sufficient funds are available.

To make this “CARES Act” funding available to Purdue Northwest students, we have established a CARES Act Emergency Funding application, which can be accessed at https://discover.pnw.edu/register/cares_act_emergency_funding_app.

To be eligible, you must have a FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid or be eligible to file a FAFSA. Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in the federal student aid programs may receive emergency financial aid grants. If you have not filed a FAFSA, more detailed eligibility information is outlined at the beginning of the application.

Please note: The CARES Act Emergency Funding application is open for expenses incurred between May 2020 and August 2020 due to COVID-19.

CARES Act Reporting

The following information is provided to comply with the Department of Education’s CARES Act reporting requirements.

Report date: July 8, 2020

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or 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. Purdue University Northwest signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education on April 20, 2020.
  2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. $2,912,499
  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter). $1,856,000 (we are currently reviewing emergency grant applications for spring 2020)
  4. The estimated total number of students at the institution 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. 4, 778
  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. 1,065
  6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Students are submitting applications requesting funding for housing, food, course materials, technology costs, health care, child care, and other expenses. Students are asked to provide an explanation for the requested funding. In order to assist as many students as possible, funding is limited to a maximum of $3,000.
  7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. An email was sent to eligible students on May 14, 2020 with instructions to apply:

To be eligible, you must have a FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid or be eligible to file a FAFSA.  Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in the federal student aid programs may receive emergency financial aid grants.  If you have not filed a FAFSA, more detailed eligibility information is outlined at the beginning of the application. To read more about eligibility and to complete the funding application, please visit the link below (a personalized link was provided).”  Additionally, an application was made available on our website for those who did not file a FAFSA to be able to apply at https://discover.pnw.edu/register/cares_act_emergency_funding_app. The applications will remain open until funds are exhausted.