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COVID-19 and EMU

Updates: What's New?

  • The Virginia governor’s statewide stay-at-home order is in effect through June 10, 2020.
  • EMU expects to open in the fall as usual. [Read the 5/28 news release.We will be ready to adopt any one of several learning environments— a decision dependent on the status of COVID-19 in the region and recommendations of health and educational authorities. The health and wellbeing of our students and our community is a top priority at EMU. Exemplary teaching and building community is a hallmark of EMU and the pandemic will not diminish these special deliverables.
  • Among steps to prioritize the health and safety of our students, we are offering the advantage of single occupancy for many, if not all, of our incoming and returning students. Because we are also prioritizing affordability, there will not be an extra charge for having a single room. If desired, students will still be able to request and live with a roommate, with additional agreements regarding risks. 
  • We are committed to having fall sports, although the format and schedule may be different than previous years.  We understand the value of the team experience and are committed to providing the best student athlete experience possible in the given circumstances. We are exploring all issues related to conducting athletics including practice schedules, transportation, visiting teams, locker rooms, testing, tracing, training room use, etc.
  • Planning for fall semester and beyond has been in process since April. Six teams of administrators, faculty and staff are processing logistics and concerns related to Community and Student Life, Teaching and Learning, Enrollment, Faculty and Staff, Infrastructure and Budget.
  • The following general policies continue: 
    • The Harrisonburg campus and Lancaster site are closed to non-essential visitors. To support health and safety, EMU is requiring invited guests to register. Register here.
    • All non-essential university travel is suspended. 
    • Faculty and staff returning from travel must self-quarantine for two weeks.

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More Info For Our Students

Visit our updated FAQS for Summer and Fall 2020 for information about

  • The status of room and board adjustments for students resident on campus during the spring 2020 semester;
  • Retrieval of personal items from residence halls;
  • (Virtual) Summer activities and more!

More Info For Prospective Students

We wish we could still host your visit to our beautiful campus. Our admissions team would love to get to know you and talk to you more about your future plans.

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Public Reporting on CARES Act

The Certification and Agreement directs each institution applying for HEERF funds to comply with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act and submit an initial report (the “30-day Fund Report”) to the Secretary thirty (30) days from the date of the institution’s Certification and Agreement to the Department. The Department will provide instructions for providing the required information to the Secretary in the near future. In the meantime, each HEERF participating institution must post the information listed below on the institution’s primary website. The Department would like to receive the most current information from the date when the institution received its allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students, and the institution should have received its allocation within a few days after submitting the Certification and Agreement. Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:

  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.

EMU signed the certification agreement on April 17, 2020.  The University intends to use no less than 50% of the funds for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  1. 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.

EMU was allocated $446,713 on April 25, 2020 from the Department for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.  EMU received such funds for dispersal on May 28, 2020.

  1. 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).

As of May 17, 2020 (30-day submission date), EMU had not drawn on the available funds or distributed them to students. On May 29, 2020, EMU distributed $414,150 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  1. 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.

There were approximately 800 students eligible to participate at EMU.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

EMU awarded grants and mailed checks to 764 students on May 29, 2020.

  1. 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.

EMU awarded Emergency Financial Aid Grants to all degree-seeking students enrolled at least half-time as of March 13th of the spring 2020 semester with a valid 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at EMU. In most cases, award amounts were determined based on a sliding scale of financial need as determined by FAFSA data with awards up to $1,000 (maximum). Students enrolled in programs 100% on-line were not eligible to receive these funds. 

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

The following email was sent to students concerning emergency funds on May 26, 2020:

Dear Students,

Recently Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which specifically allocated funds to support higher education. EMU has been allocated funds through the CARES Act to provide eligible students with emergency student aid for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. Specifically, the U.S. Department of Education has defined expenses as “food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care expenses.”

Eligibility to receive assistance through the CARES Act is defined by the Department of Education as students eligible to receive federal financial aid funds. EMU is interpreting this to mean students who have a valid 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submitted to EMU and meet Title IV eligibility requirements.  

Based on these eligibility requirements, EMU will be awarding CARES Act emergency funds to all degree-seeking students enrolled at least half-time as of March 13th of the spring 2020 semester with a valid 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at  EMU. In most cases, award amounts are determined based on a sliding scale of financial need as determined by FAFSA data with awards up to $1,000 (maximum). Students enrolled in programs 100% on-line are not eligible to receive these funds. 

EMU will send checks made payable to the student at the end of May.  Students should go to MyEMU and update their mailroom summer address, otherwise the checks will be mailed to the student’s Legal Home Permanent address of record at EMU.  If you have questions, please contact the financial assistance office at 540-432-4137 or email at finaid@emu.edu. 

We hope you and your family are well and remain safe.

Tim Stutzman

VP for Finance & Operations, EMU

EMU communication and leadership

 

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