CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

  • The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), provides support in the form of emergency financial aid grants to students enrolled in institutions of higher education. Students enrolled in the Practical Nursing or Cosmetology Programs at Eastern Suffolk BOCES may be eligible for funding to cover their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Eligible expenses include costs such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare. Funding is limited and available to students on a first-come, first-served basis.


    • Eastern Suffolk BOCES acknowledges an authorized representative of the institution has 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.
    • Eastern Suffolk BOCES acknowledges that $136,797 was received from the Department pursuant to the Institutions Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
    • The method used by the institution to determine which students received Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much students would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was determined based on student request/application, enrollment status, and the student Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as provided on the FAFSA.
    • An Announcement and Application was mailed to all ESBOCES students enrolled in eligible programs. The Eastern Suffolk BOCES website also provides instructions and guidance for students applying for CARES Act funds. In addition, information is provided on the Cares Act Award Letter submitted to student recipients by the School.

    Quarter Ending 9/30/2020

    • Eastern Suffolk BOCES has distributed $434.49 under section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act as of 09/30/2020. The total number of students thus far who have received an Emergency Financial aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is one (1) as of 09/30/2020.
    • The estimated total number of students at Eastern Suffolk BOCES 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 is 166 students
    • Institutional Portion - Quarterly Report 1

    Quarter Ending 12/31/2020

    • Eastern Suffolk BOCES has distributed $18,100.36 under section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act as of 12/31/2020. The total number of students thus far who have received an Emergency Financial aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 17 as of 12/31/2020.
    • The estimated total number of students at Eastern Suffolk BOCES 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 is 113 students
    • Institutional Portion - Quarterly Report 2
  • Which students are eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants under HEERF?

  • What programs at Eastern Suffolk BOCES are eligible as defined by the CARES Act?

  • How much can I receive?

  • How will I receive the funding?

  • How can I apply for funding under the CARES Act?

  • Where can I find further information about the CARES Act - HEERF Funding?

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