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.

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 estimated number of Dominican students meeting these eligibility requirements is 1,250.

As of May 22, 2020, Dominican has not issued any grants to students. We expect to start this process in June.

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

Upon completion of the first round of awarding, Dominican will begin a second round based on updated guidance from the US Department of Education. In addition, Dominican is in the process of developing an application where students may apply for additional grant consideration by providing documentation of expenses due to COVID-19 disruption.

Dominican is currently in the process of developing an application for students to apply for additional emergency grant consideration by providing documentation of expenses due to COVID-19 disruption. Should funds be available after rounds 1 and 2 of awarding, the application will be made available on this website.

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.

Dominican has not yet issued formal communication to students regarding these grants. Students inquiring about these grants have been told to make sure they filed the 2019-20 FAFSA to confirm eligibility for Title IV aid and that additional information will be forthcoming.

This website was originally updated to meet the required first reporting deadline of May 22, 2020 (30 days after receipt of funds). It will be updated at least every 45 days thereafter. The next update will be on or before July 6, 2020.

For more information, please visit: US Department of Education CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.