Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Website Reporting

YSU signed and returned the Certification and Agreement for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and assures that the institution has used and 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.

The total amount of funding that YSU has received from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) is $10,376,462.  A minimum of $5,188,231 must be used for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

To date, $3,642,500 in CARES Act funding has been distributed to students with a review of numerous applications still underway for distribution.

The estimated total number of students eligible to receive CARES Act funding from YSU is 3,821.

To date, the total number of students who have already received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant are 3,657.

YSU has created two grant programs and require students to apply. 

The first program – known as phase 1 is named the YSU Penguins CARE Emergency Grant.  The Penguins CARE Emergency Grant application was created by the University to prioritize the release of grant funds to Pell grant recipients who were not enrolled in online degree programs when the COVID-19 pandemic emerged causing disruption to on-campus learning and creating financial challenges.

The log in process will validate that students have met all conditions to request financial support from the Penguins CARE Emergency Grant. Those conditions include Pell Grant and Title IV eligibility during the Spring 2020 semester, enrollment in an on-campus degree program prior to March 13, 2020, and pandemic-related expenses for housing, food, course materials, technology, healthcare and/or child care.  Those qualified receive $1,000.

Phase 1 YSU Penguins CARE Emergency Grant application

The second program – known as phase 2 is similarly named the YSU Penguins CARE Grant with the following description. The Penguins CARE Grant, funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act approved by Congress earlier this spring, is available to Title IV-eligible students who were enrolled in an on-campus degree program during Spring Semester 2020, and who incurred pandemic-related expenses for housing, food, course materials, technology, healthcare and/or child care. Students who were enrolled in exclusively online programs as of March 13, 2020 ARE NOT eligible to receive the Penguins CARE Grant.

Procedure to apply for the YSU Penguins CARE Grant: Students in need of financial assistance to cover COVID-19 related expenses should complete the following online application and provide supporting documentation for review.  Those qualified receive between $500 and $2,000.  Students that qualified for the Penguins CARE Emergency Grant application may apply for funding from phase 2.

Phase 2 YSU Penguins CARE Grant application