This statement provides information to comply with reporting requirements for Trinity’s participation in the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.
On April 9, 2020, in a letter from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Trinity learned that the university would receive an allocation from the HEERF program of $1,960,751 of which no less than $980,376 must be distributed to eligible students in the form of emergency grants related to disruption of instruction due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
On April 14, 2020, Trinity submitted the required grant documents for the first part of the HEERF funds for student emergency grants. Trinity submitted the required certification document at that time.
On April 21, 2020, Trinity submitted the required grant documents for the second part of the HEERF funds for institutional grants. Trinity submitted the required certification document at that time.
On April 25, 2020, Trinity received notice that the HEERF emergency student funds grant of $980,376 was approved and ready for drawdown in the G5 system.
On April 26, 2020, Trinity President Patricia McGuire issued a notice to all students concerning the availability of the emergency grants and the eligibility requirements. Trinity opened a website portal to enable students to apply for the grants.
As of April 30, 2020, Trinity disbursed 669 grants totalling $977,165 to eligible students. The average grant size was $1460. Pell grant recipients enrolled on a full-time basis received grants up to $2000. Part-time Pell grantees received grants up to $1500. Other qualified students received grants up to $1000.
On May 6, 2020, Trinity received notice that the HEERF institutional grant portion of $980,376 was approved and available for drawdown.
On May 8, 2020, Trinity made a second set of awards bringing the total CARES Act grants to $1,085,765 for 737 students with Title IV eligibility. The total amount exceeds the 50% minimum required for the HEERF grants.
Trinity estimates that 1280 Title IV eligible students are enrolled in Spring 2020; the number is based on the number of students who filed FAFSA for Spring 2020.
Trinity has also disbursed nearly $107,059 in emergency grants to 80 students from privately funded sources. These grants were awarded to students who are ineligible for the federal grants, allocated in the same proportions.
Hence, in total as of May 8, 2020, Trinity has disbursed $1,192,824 ($1,085,765 CARES + $107,059 private) in emergency grants to 817 students (737 CARES eligible + 80 others).
From May 8 to May 15, 2020, Trinity disbursed an additional 24 CARES grants and 4 other emergency grants. As of May 15, 2020, Trinity has disbursed a total of $1,228,575 ($1,116,716 CARES + $111,859 private) to 844 students (761 CARES + 84 others).
From May 15 to May 22, 2020, Trinity disbursed an additional 21 CARES grants and 4 additional emergency grants.
As of May 22, 2020, Trinity has disbursed a total of $1,262,375 ($1,145,816 CARES + $116,559 private) to 869 students (782 CARES + 87 others). 60% of the CARES grants went to Pell grantees.
As of June 1, 2020, Trinity has disbursed a total of $1,283,935 ($1,165,876 CARES + $118,059 private) to 885 students (796 CARES + 89 others). 60% of CARES grants went to Pell grantees. 56% of the entire spring enrollment received grants.
FINAL: As of June 8, 2020, Trinity has disbursed a total of $1,291,435 ($1,173,376 CARES + $118,059 private) to 892 students (803 CARES + 89 others). All funds are now disbursed.
On May 1, 2020, Trinity received notice that it is eligible for an additional grant of $267,000 under the HEERF program because Trinity is a Minority Serving Institution. Trinity applied for this grant on May 2 and submitted the required certification document.