Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Required Reports and Disclosures

This webpage serves as public disclosure for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III) for Pomona College. This webpage will be updated every 45 days with any required changes. The following information has been reviewed and is current as of 09/30/2021.

1. Pomona College has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement. Pomona has agreed 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. Under the CRRSA (HEERF II) Pomona agreed to provide at least the same amount in financial aid grants to students that it was required under the CARES Act. Pomona College spent at least 50% of the required allocation in grants direct to students through the ARP (HEERF II).

2. Pomona College was authorized to receive $642,822 from the CARES Act (HEERF I) Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. Pomona College received an additional $642,822 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students through the CRRSA (HEERF II). Pomona is authorized to receive $1,631,764 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students through the ARP (HEERF III).

3. As of July 1, 2020, Pomona College processed payments of $644,840 directly to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act through direct deposit for those with banking information on file and by check for the remainder of student recipients. Pomona processed direct payments of CCRSA (HEERF II) funding to students on May 14, 2021, for $642,964 through direct deposit and student checks. Pomona plans to release the ARP (HEERF III) funds to eligible students during the Fall 2021 semester.

4. Pomona College estimates that 1,413 students at the college were potentially 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. Under the CRRSA (HEERF II) requirements, Pomona College estimates that 1,342 students were potentially eligible. Pomona College estimates that through the ARP (HEERF III) requirements, 1,747 students will potentially have eligibility for funding.

5. As of July 1, 2020, Pomona College processed direct deposit/check disbursements to 998 students who are eligible to receive an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. As of May 14, 2021, Pomona College processed payment to 977 students for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students through CCRSA (HEERF II). Pomona College has not processed payment to students through ARP (HEERF III).

6. Pomona College included students who meet the following criteria as eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants

1. Student eligibility for funding through the CARES Act included:

  1. Students enrolled in a degree granting program of study as of March 13, 2020, the date of the President’s Proclamation, “Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)”
  2. Students who are making Satisfactory Academic Progress toward their degree
  3. Students who filed a FAFSA to confirm their Title IV eligibility requirements of Higher Education Act.

Pomona College excluded from this larger population of potentially eligible students:

  1. Individuals it knew to be foreign nationals who were not U.S. permanent residents or other eligible non-citizens under Title IV of HEA;
  2. those students in the U.S. without a lawful immigration status; and
  3. those students whose Title IV eligibility requirements could not be confirmed due to a missing or incomplete FAFSA application.

Grant amounts of $400-$960 were issued to students based on the student’s level of financial need. Larger grants will be provided to students with higher financial need, while ensuring that funds will be distributed as broadly as possible to eligible students. Student use of the funds are at their discretion to assist with emergency expenses for food, housing, moving and storage costs, healthcare, transportation, technology, and childcare needs.

2. Student eligibility for funding through the CRRSA (HEERF II) included:

  1. Students who were enrolled on the Fall 2020 census date (September 5, 2020) or Spring 2021 census date (February 9, 2021)
  2. Students who are making Satisfactory Academic Progress toward their degree
  3. Students who filed a FAFSA to confirm their Title IV eligibility requirements of Higher Education Act.

Pomona College excluded from this larger population of potentially eligible students:

  1. Individuals it knew to be foreign nationals who were not U.S. permanent residents or other eligible non-citizens under Title IV of HEA;
  2. those students in the U.S. without a lawful immigration status; and,
  3. those students whose Title IV eligibility requirements could not be confirmed due to a missing or incomplete FAFSA application.

Grant amounts of $400-$1,004 were issued to students based on the student’s level of financial need. Larger grants were provided to students with higher financial need, while ensuring that funds will be distributed as broadly as possible to eligible students. Student use of the funds are at their discretion to assist with emergency expenses for food, housing, moving and storage costs, healthcare, transportation, technology, and childcare needs.

3. As of September 30, 2021, Pomona College is finalizing the student eligibility for the ARP (HEERF III) Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students and this site will be updated once available.

7. More information can be found at Pomona College’s Coronavirus Federal Student Funding and Frequently Asked Question page.