CARES Act HEERF Student Aid Report

SUNY Empire State College acknowledges an authorized representative of the institution has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the institution has used 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.

SUNY Empire State College received $1,705,680 from the Department of Education pursuant to the Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. All funds were distributed to 1,030 students as of July 13, 2020.

Eligibility and Methodology

SUNY Empire State College determined that approximately 3,100 students at the institution were 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.

SUNY Empire State College prioritized awarding of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to its students in the following manner:

SUNY Empire State College reviewed applications for eligibility after the application deadline of June 30, 2020.  The funds requested did not exceed the pool awards and were calculated and distributed based on stated need up to the 2019 PELL threshold. Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, 1,030 students received awards ranging from $35.00 to $6,195.00.

Invitation and Application

The college communicated directly with eligible students and provided an opportunity to apply. An invitation to apply was sent to approximately 3,100 pre-qualified students on June 9, 2020 at 3:00pm.

An application was hosted on a secure online form builder, and all responses were captured and retained. SUNY Empire continued to receive applications until July 3, 2020 and closed after all funds were spent.


During time the application was live, the college sent three reminders. The following provides dates and times for communications.

DateType of Communication

June 17, 2020

Email Reminder to eligible students

June 25, 2020

Text message to eligible students

June 29, 2020

Automated/ringless voicemail

Award Notices

Students who met eligibility requirements and completed the online application were notified via email of their award in early July 2020, and grants were distributed via the student’s BankMobile preference within 5 business days. All funds were expended by July 13, 2020. Declination notices were sent to students who did not meet the application criteria.

Institutional Funds Reporting

SUNY Empire Institutional Funds Quarterly Report – SEP 30 2020 (PDF 165kB)

SUNY Empire Institutional Funds Quarterly Report – DEC 31 2020 (PDF 178kB)