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CARES Act 30 Report

1.     An acknowledgment that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or 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 University of Alabama acknowledges that it signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to receive funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students on May 12, 2020.  The University further affirms that it will disburse no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act directly to students who attest to incurring expenses related to the disruption of UA campus operations due to the coronavirus.


2.     The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

The University of Alabama has or will receive a total of $20,722,538.00 of which $10,361,269.00 or 50% will be issued directly to students for Emergency Financial Aid Grants.


3.     The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

The University of Alabama’s first 30-day reporting period ends June 17, 2020.   As of June 17, 2020, The University of Alabama has distributed directly to students a total of $7,226,700.00.

The University of Alabama’s 45-day reporting period ends July 31, 2020.   As of July 31, 2020, The University of Alabama has distributed directly to students a total of $9,689,250.00.

The University of Alabama’s final reporting period ended on August 24, 2020.  As of August 24, 2020, The University of Alabama has distributed directly to students a total of $10,361,269.00.  This completes the distribution of CARES Act allocation for The University of Alabama.


4.     The estimated total number of students at the institution 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.

As of June 16, 2020, The University of Alabama has a total of 15,854 students that are eligible for Title IV funding and therefore eligible for CARES Act funding.

As of July 31, 2020, The University of Alabama has a total of 15,884 students that are eligible for Title IV funding and therefore eligible for CARES Act funding.

As of August 24, 2020, The University of Alabama has a total of 15,884 students that are eligible for Title IV funding and therefore eligible for CARES Act funding.


5.     The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

As of June 17, 2020, a total of 6,402 students have responded and received CARES Act funding.

As of July 31, 2020, a total of 9,660 students have responded and received CARES Act funding.

As of August 24, 2020, a total of 10,315 students have responded and received CARES Act funding.


6.     The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Consistent with Department of Education (DOE) policy and guidance, CARES Act funds will be distributed based on a student’s eligibility for Title IV funding.  The Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) calculated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2019-2020 is used as the determining factor. The greatest allocation of funds will be disbursed to those students with the highest level of need using a tiered approach. Any student completing a FAFSA by June 30, 2020 will be considered until all funds are exhausted.

The initial distribution within the first 30-day period considered students with an EFC from 00000 to 20000, the second distribution included students with an EFC up to 50,000 and the third distribution included all eligible students using the following allocations:

EFC Range Total
00000 Up to $1,400
00001-06000 Up to $1,200
06001-15000 Up to $1,000
15001-20000 Up to $750
20001-99999 Up to $750

7.     Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

The University of Alabama created the following website to inform students of CARES Act Activity. This website outlines the eligibility criteria for the funds, the distribution method used to determine which students would receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive, and Frequently Asked Questions.

Beginning on June 2, 2020, eligible students were notified by email from UA Student Financial Aid of the maximum allocation for their tier of EFC.  They were required to legally attest to the actual amount of expenses incurred, up to their maximum allocation, or choose to decline receipt of funds.  Once attested to by the student, the CARES Act funds were disbursed directly to the student by Student Account Services. Students were given 14 calendar days to respond. Non-responders were reminded by email of the 14-day timeframe  Any student that accidentally selected an incorrect amount was reset upon request and allowed to select the correct amount.

Copies of these communications will be provided to the Secretary of the United States Department of Education upon request.