CARES Act Information

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government passed the CARES Act which provided emergency support to students and institutions. Dominican has received funding from this legislation and will administer it according to federal guidelines.

Our Process

Dominican sent Emergency Grant notifications to eligible students between June 8, 2020, and June 19, 2020. Grants are being issued to eligible students and checks are being mailed.

Applications for additional Emergency Grant funding are now closed. Checks for additional Emergency Grants are in the process of being mailed to students.

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provided emergency funds to higher education institutions to provide grants for students and to support institutional expenses related to COVID-19.

At least 50 percent of the funds received must be used to provide emergency grants for students who have incurred costs directly related to the disruption of moving to remote/distance learning due to COVID-19. Examples include, but are not limited to: housing, food, technology, course materials, child care, and healthcare needs.

On April 14, 2020, Dominican submitted the signed certification and agreement to receive this emergency funding. Under this agreement, the University will use at least 50 percent of the allocated funds to award emergency grants to students.

Dominican was allocated $1,244,783. At least $622,392 of that allocation will be spent as emergency grants to students.

Students must be Title IV (Federal) Financial Aid eligible and enrolled in courses as part of a Dominican program eligible for Federal Financial Aid as of the date Marin County was ordered to shelter-in-place (March 17, 2020).

The total number of Dominican students eligible to receive the Emergency Grant was 1,258.

As of July 29, 2020, the full amount of funds available for student emergency grants has been allocated to 1,225 students as follows:

  • 57 students received a grant for $940
  • 1 student received a grant for $856
  • 127 students received a grant for $850
  • 1 student received a grant for $756
  • 199 students received a grant for $750
  • 291 students received a grant for $500
  • 548 students received a grant for $300
  • 1 students received a grant for $100

Some eligible students informed Dominican that they did not experience an expense due to the disruption caused by COVID-19 and thus did not receive funds.

In the first round of awarding, Dominican will be reviewing all students who have a valid FAFSA on file for the 2019-20 academic year, are eligible for Title IV (Federal) financial aid, and were enrolled in courses as part of a Dominican program eligible for Federal financial aid as of March 17, 2020 (the date Marin County was ordered to Shelter-in-Place). Per the request of the Secretary of Education, financial need will be considered when determining the amount of the grant for each student. Emergency grants will be distributed as follows:

  • Undergraduate Students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated by the FAFSA of less than 10,000 will receive $500
  • Undergraduate Students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated by the FAFSA of 10,000 or more will receive $300
  • Graduate Students will receive $300

For the second round of funding, Dominican developed an application where eligible students could apply for additional grant consideration if they had other expenses due to COVID-19 disruption. Students were notified via email the week of June 29, 2020, about the application and applications were accepted through July 16, 2020.

388 applications were received and of those 385 students were eligible to receive additional funding and all 385 students were allocated some additional funding. Applications were reviewed taking into account the amount requested, amount already received from the first round of funding, Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA, date when the application was submitted, and with the goal in mind of helping as many students as possible with the limited remaining funds available.

Applications for additional Emergency Grant funding are closed. Applications have been reviewed and funding allocated. Checks will be mailed to students starting Monday, August 3, 2020.

We recognize and understand that many families have experienced a reduction in income or a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are an Undergraduate student who will be attending Dominican in the 2020-21 academic year, please schedule an appointment with a member of the Financial Aid Team or send an email to finaid@dominican.edu explaining your circumstances. 

Unfortunately, as Graduate students are not eligible for need-based financial assistance, no adjustments can be made to the information on the FAFSA that would change financial aid eligibility.

Prior to starting to notify students of these grants, inquiring students were told to make sure they filed the 2019-20 FAFSA to confirm eligibility for Title IV aid and that additional information would be forthcoming.

On June 8, 2020, Dominican started the notification process. Students are notified in batches of the grant being forthcoming via email. View a sample copy of the email

On June 15, 2020, Dominican started issuing grant checks to students in batches. A letter was included with the check. View a sample copy of the letter

During the week of June 29, 2020, Dominican opened an application for students to apply for additional emergency grant funding. This email will be sent to eligible students. View a sample copy of the email.

This website was originally released to meet the required first reporting deadline of May 22, 2020 (30 days after receipt of funds). It is required to be updated at least every 45 days thereafter.

On June 22, 2020, the following updates were made:

  • Confirmation that Round 1 awarding was complete
  • Updating the number and amount of grants to date

On June 26, 2020, the following updates were made:

  • Updating the number and amount of grants to date
  • Adding information about the application
  • Adding the email sent to students regarding the application

On July 30, 2020, the following updates were made:

  • Updating the number and amount of grants to date
  • Closing the application
  • Adding the letter sent to students with the check for additional funding

At this time, as all funds are spent, there are no planned additional updates to this website.