The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020.

Section 18004 of the Act created the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for distribution to colleges and universities, intended to help offset costs to students and institutions resulting from campus disruptions due to the coronavirus.

Middlebury remains committed to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of our students. The Student Financial Services Office continues to accept requests for reconsideration of aid awards based on current financial circumstances.

Emergency Grants to Students—Required Reports

Final 45 Day Report

In compliance with Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), Middlebury College releases the following information regarding the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting—Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students:

  1. Middlebury College acknowledges the institution has signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education (“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.
  2. Middlebury College is eligible to receive $1,862,094 from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) as part of the CARES Act pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students, of which no less than 50 percent ($931,047) must be used to provide emergency grants to students. 
  3. As of June 25, 2020, $931,047 has been distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  4. Middlebury College estimates that 2,028 students at the institution were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 at the time the College signed the Certification and Agreement and that these students were thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  5. Middlebury College has distributed Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 723 students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, as of June 25, 2020.
  6. Middlebury College used demonstrated need that was disclosed on the students’ FAFSA to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Qualified students received an emergency grant ranging from $250–$3,500 based on their level of financial need.
  7. The instructions, directions, or guidance provided by Middlebury College to students concerning Emergency Financial Aid Grants was sent via campus email. The emergency grants were refunded to students immediately via direct deposit or check.

30 Day Report

In compliance with Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), Middlebury College releases the following information regarding the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting—Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students:

  1. Middlebury College acknowledges the institution has signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education (“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.
  2. Middlebury College is eligible to receive $1,862,094 from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) as part of the CARES Act pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students, of which no less than 50 percent ($931,047) must be used to provide emergency grants to students. 
  3. As of May 22, 2020, $859,650 has been distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  4. Middlebury College estimates that 2,028 students at the institution were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 at the time the College signed the Certification and Agreement and that these students were thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  5. Middlebury College has distributed Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 607 students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, as of May 22, 2020.
  6. Middlebury College used demonstrated need that was disclosed on the students’ FAFSA to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Qualified students received an emergency grant ranging from $150–$3,500 based on their level of financial need.
  7. The instructions, directions, or guidance provided by Middlebury College to students concerning Emergency Financial Aid Grants was sent via campus email. The emergency grants were refunded to students immediately via direct deposit or check.

Institutional Portion: Final Quarterly Report

All HEERF grantees that received a Section 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion are required to post this information publicly on the institution’s primary website in the same place as the Student Portion Public Reporting. 

Middlebury allocated the institutional portion of these funds towards the expense related to issuing spring 2020 room and board refunds to students due to the shift to remote instruction as a result of the coronavirus.