COVID-19 Student Relief Fund

Updated: 6/15/2020

To comply with reporting requirements related to the CARES Act, Goshen College is providing the following information:

  1. Goshen College signed and returned the CARES Act Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education for student emergency grants on April 17, 2020.  The agreement was accepted on April 20, and funded on May 13, 2020.  Goshen College has used, and intends to use, no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.   
  2. Goshen College has received $396,456 of funding from the Department of Education pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.  
  3. As of June 13, 2020, Goshen College has distributed 262 grants totaling $206,281 under the CARES Act Section 18004(a)(1).
  4. Goshen College estimates that 730 students are 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.
  5. As of June 13, 2020, 262 Goshen College have received Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  6. Goshen College used an application process for eligible students to request emergency grants.  Information is available on this site below.
  7. Goshen College sent email communication to students on April 23, 2020 and May 1, 2020 with information about the CARES Act Student Emergency grants.  These emails are available on the COVID-19 emergency response page:   https://www.goshen.edu/emergency/coronavirus/

Goshen College students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardships related to the COVID-19 crisis may be considered for limited, short-term, financial assistance through the COVID-19 Student Relief Fund.

The Goshen College COVID-19 Student Relief Fund is funded by the Federal Government’s Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and through gifts from our generous alumni and donors.

Examples of Qualifying Expenses:

  • Food expenses
  • Course materials
  • Technology upgrades
  • Healthcare
  • Child care
  • Housing

Eligibility Requirements and Considerations

  • Applicants must have been enrolled at Goshen College on March 16, 2020.
  • This funding is only for students experiencing temporary financial hardship resulting from disruptions from COVID-19 and its implications.
  • Students eligible for federal funding
    • Students must be U.S. citizens and have a valid Social Security number.
    • If you already filed a 2019-20 or 2020-21 FAFSA and received federal aid, you may be eligible for CARES Act funds. 
    • If you have not filed a FAFSA, please apply at studentaid.gov/FAFSA in order to be considered. Even if your family chose to not file a FAFSA because of your income, you can still file a FAFSA now to be considered for the CARES Act funding.
  • Students not eligible for federal funding (undocumented, DACA and international students)
    • You may still apply below for funding, which will be sourced from funds provided by our generous alumni and donors.

Application Procedure:

Once the form below is completed and submitted, it will be reviewed by a committee of Goshen College faculty and staff. Our goal is to notify you of a decision within one week of the deadline and provide payment within two weeks after approval.

The application deadline for Student Relief funding has expired

For questions or inquires about the Student Relief Fund, please contact Adela Hufford.

Adela Hufford

Associate VP for Retention