Distribution of Emergency Financial Grants for Students
Maryland University of Integrative Health recognizes that many of our students are experiencing significant challenges due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
To assist students, MUIH is distributing emergency financial grants from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), enacted on March 27, 2020 by Congress and administered by the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of these funds is to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.
MUIH understands that the vast majority of our students experienced upheaval, and the funds will be divided evenly among all eligible students. Our goal is to provide the funds to help ease the barriers to ensure student success.
The CARES Act requires all colleges and universities participating in the program to provide access to the following information.
We are reaching out to you with details about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (Cares) Act and Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. HEERF provides funds to institutions for emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
MUIH has been allocated $45,945.00 received from HEERF to provide emergency grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The MUIH allocation and the criteria for which students are eligible are determined by the U. S. Department of Education (ED). Funds are intended to help with academically related expenses such as:
- Course Materials
The Financial Aid Office will use Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data to determine students’ eligibility. Students who have not completed a FAFSA who may have been eligible and were affected by COVID-19 must complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA by June 15, 2020. The MUIH school code is G25784.
For consideration, students must meet the following federally established FAFSA eligibility criteria:
- Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Be currently enrolled for at least three credits/half-time within an eligible degree or certificate program
- Have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent and have a bachelor’s degree
- Not be in default on any student loans or owe a refund on any grant under the Title IV federal student aid programs
- Be registered with Selective Service if a male between the ages of 18 and 25
- Have a valid Social Security number
- Not be ineligible due to a drug conviction
- Not have borrowed in excess of the annual or aggregate Direct Federal Stafford Loan limits
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
Federal guidance stipulates students must meet the following eligibility to receive HEERF.
- Students must have been enrolled in the spring 2020 trimester, and currently enrolled in summer 2020 trimester or will enroll fall 2020 trimester
- Students must be eligible to receive federal financial aid
- Students must have been enrolled in a face-to-face or hybrid program as of March 13, 2020 (This does not apply to exclusively online programs before COVID-19)
- Must have been enrolled in a face-to-face or hybrid program as of March 13, 2020
- Must not be enrolled in a fully online program
Please note: Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Education does not allow these funds to be used by International students, students with DACA status, undocumented students, and students not enrolled in a degree or certificate program.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I eligible to request the CARES act funding? Do I have to complete an application to receive funds?
Students seeking a HEERF grant will need to complete the MUIH HEERF Application by June 15, 2020. Applications will be considered and approved based on eligibility. If approved, a notification will be sent out from the Finance office. Students who apply must attest that the expenses detailed in the application are true and accurate. The application will be available from June 4, 2020, to June 15, 20020.
In order to be automatically eligible for the CARES Act funding you must meet all of the following Federal Title IV Aid criteria which can be determined by filing a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
- U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen
- Valid Social Security number
- Student is not in default on a Federal Educational (Title IV) Grant or Loan
- Maintain the minimum satisfactory academic progress standards
- Student has not been convicted of a crime involving fraud in obtaining Federal financial aid