May 21, 2020 (8:00 a.m.)

CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Grants for Students

As a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on Friday, March 27, 2020, funding has been made available to institutions for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to eligible students enrolled in a residential program (also referred to as “in-person,” as defined, below) for certain allowable expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care related to educational disruptions due to COVID-19.

According to the CARES Act and the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education for its implementation, these grants are specifically intended for students who were enrolled in programs with residential course delivery that was disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Based on this guidance from the Department, students enrolled in a fully online program are not eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants. Rasmussen College will be providing emergency financial aid grants to students according to the following conditions:

To be eligible to receive these funds, you must

  1. be eligible to receive Federal Title IV financial aid funds and verify your eligibility by filing a 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submitting all documents requested by Rasmussen College by June 10 to complete your aid application (if you are currently receiving federal financial aid, including grants or loans, you have already met this requirement); and
  2. a)  have been actively enrolled since March 13, 2020, in a residential1 program, or
    b)  started with the College on April 6, 2020, in a residential1 program and currently are actively enrolled, or
    c)  have been on an approved leave due to the pandemic (i.e., medical leave, short-term leave return, extended quarter break stop-out) from a residential1 program that transitioned to fully online delivery for the Spring 2020 quarter due to the pandemic; and
  3. have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including eligible expenses under your cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care; and
  4. complete and electronically submit the CARES ACT EMERGENCY FINANCIAL AID GRANT STUDENT ATTESTATION FORM. A link to this form will be emailed to you once your eligibility has been confirmed by the College, based on the above criteria being met.

Only students who meet the above eligibility criteria will receive an email with additional information regarding the emergency financial aid grant. Any emergency financial aid grant funds that you may receive may only be used to pay the costs of attendance (food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care) as described above. Submission of the Attestation Form does not guarantee receipt of a grant or any specific amount of funds. If you have any questions, please click here for a detailed FAQ.

  1. Residential Programs are identified as programs offered at a physical campus location which require a lab or clinical/externship/practicum component to be delivered in person at a time when there are no disruptions to campus operations. Rasmussen’s residential programs are: Health Sciences Associate of Applied Science - Medical Assisting, Healthcare Associate of Applied Science - Medical Assisting, Healthcare Associate of Science - Medical Assisting, Medical Assisting Diploma, Law Enforcement Associate of Applied Science, Law Enforcement Skills Certificate, Medical Laboratory Technician Associate of Applied Science, Nursing Bachelor of Science (excludes RN to BSN), Physical Therapist Assistant Associate of Applied Science, Physical Therapist Assistant Associate of Science, Practical Nursing Diploma, Professional Nursing Associate of Applied Science, Professional Nursing Associate of Science, Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Science, Radiologic Technology Associate of Science, Surgical Technologist Associate of Applied Science, and Surgical Technologist Associate of Science.

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