Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
U.S. Department of Education Reporting Requirements
Rogers State University, Claremore, OK

Rogers State University President Larry Rice submitted the application and Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students (Grants) under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act on April 15, 2020. Approval and access to funding was granted on May 4, 2020. Rogers State University’s method to determine which students were qualified to receive Grants, the amounts to be awarded, as well as instructions on how to apply for Grants, were outlined in email communications to all students (see below) on April 27, 2020, May 12, 2020, and May 14, 2020.

Rogers State University was approved to receive $2,586,804.00 under the CARES Act, of which 50% was to be used to provide grants to students and 50% was to be used to offset COVID-19 related expenses of the Institution.

Institutional Funds

Of the $1,293,402 allocated to offset institutional expenses related to COVID-19, the university has expended $420,465.25 as of September 30, 2020.

Student Grant Funds

Through the ARPA, the University was awarded up to $4,431,542 in student grant funds. In September 2021, the University awarded $3,980,772 to students based on EFC on file from their FAFSA filing. 1,624 students received awards ranging from $372 to $2,976. The average award was $2,424.

In March of 2022, the University made 164 awards totaling $242,400. In April of 2022, the University made 140 awards totaling $155,900. In both instances, students with a need applied to the financial aid department for a professional judgment. Financial aid counsellors reviewed the applications and made awards accordingly. The average professional judgement award was $1,310.

Of the estimated 3,200 total students eligible to receive Grants under section 18004(a)(a) of the CARES Act, Rogers State University has awarded 1,008 grants to students totaling $1,290,952.00 as of September 30, 2020.

CRRSAA funds were awarded to 895 students totaling $1,293,402 with an average of $1,445.15/student as of March 31, 2021. All CRRSAA student portion funds were disbursed to students in the month of March.

The CARES Grant application is available on MyRSU under the navigation tab labeled, “Student”. Rogers State University asked students who were affected by the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus to complete an application on the MyRSU student portal. The application asked for identifying information and gave the student the option of checking from one to eight boxes identifying the nature of the expense incurred: housing, course related, food, technology, transportation, childcare, healthcare, and other. The responses were analyzed, and award amounts were set as follows:

  • Housing $500
  • Course Related $600
  • Food $600
  • Technology $750
  • Transportation $150
  • Childcare $150
  • Healthcare $150
  • Other $150

For each box checked, the eligible applicant received an award for the related amount. However, no eligible applicant received less than $500.

All students received the following information about the CARES Act Grant:

May 14, 2020

Campus Update: Deadline Friday for CARES Grant

Students at Rogers State University who have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for federal financial assistance. The CARES Grant application is available on MyRSU under the navigation tab labeled, “Student.” The deadline is due Friday, May 15.

Funding for this emergency financial assistance is made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Grant allocations are limited and may vary dependent upon need.

Grant applications must be received by Friday, May 15 at 5 p.m. to ensure funding. Applications received after this deadline will be subject to availability of federal funding.

For more information, contact the Financial Aid office at 918-343-7553 or [email protected] or via their virtual office on ZOOM: https://zoom.us/j/351255088

May 12, 2020

Campus Update: Deadline Friday for CARES Grant

Students at Rogers State University who have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for federal financial assistance. The CARES Grant application is available on MyRSU under the navigation tab labeled, “Student.” The deadline is due Friday, May 15.

Funding for this emergency financial assistance is made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Grant allocations are limited and may vary

dependent upon need. Grant applications must be received by Friday, May 15 at 5 p.m. to ensure funding. Applications received after this deadline will be subject to availability of federal funding. For more information, contact the Financial Aid office at 918-343-7553 or [email protected] or via their virtual office on ZOOM: https://zoom.us/j/351255088

April 27, 2020

CARES Grants Available to Students

Students at Rogers State University who have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for federal financial assistance. The CARES Grant application is available on MyRSU under the navigation tab labeled, “Student.”

Funding for this emergency financial assistance is made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Grant allocations are limited and may vary dependent upon need.

Grant applications must be received by Friday, May 15 at 5 p.m. to ensure funding. Applications received after this deadline will be subject to availability of federal funding.

For more information, contact the Financial Aid office at 918-343-7553 or [email protected].