The College was fortunate to receive $401,703 in CARES Act Grant funding for its students for the sole purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child-care services.  The College signed and returned the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

The total number of students eligible to participate in the program was approximately 773.

Lake Erie College opted to award the funding to students that had either resided on campus or had a meal plan during the spring semester as these students were directly impacted.  In most cases, the students returned to live with their families and incurred additional living expenses.

There were 372 students that received a combined $401,703.  

  1. The College determined that it would provide a larger grant to Pell eligible students as those students generally possess the greatest financial need.  Pell eligible students that resided in the residence halls, had a meal plan and left the campus in March 2020, would receive a grant of $1,650 each.    
  2. Students that resided in the residence halls, had a meal plan, but were not Pell eligible students and left campus during March 2020, received grants of $1,400 each.  
  3. Students that stayed in the residence halls for the duration of the semester received a $250 grant as food options were limited and many of the students bought food out of pocket.
  4. Individuals that had a meal plan or a room only plan and left campus in March 2020 were awarded a $600 grant.  
  5. Individuals with a commuter meal plan received a $125 grant.

Each of these grants were provided to students that were FAFSA eligible.  The grants were applied to their student account and a check was issued to the student for the same amount of the grant.  These grant funds were not used to pay down student account balances.  All $401,703 of the grants funds have been disbursed.