Colleges wishing to reopen after COVID are required to submit a reopening plan to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Sentara College's plan, which is approved by SCHEV, is available here.

CARES Act Emergency Funds

CARES Act Emergency Funds

Sentara College of Health Sciences will award more than $178,000 in federal assistance from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The College has signed and returned to the Department of Education a Certification and Agreement assuring that the college 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. Individual grants will range from $300 to $800.

Funds will be granted to eligible students who experienced disruption of campus operations due to or related to the coronavirus. Emergency grants will be distributed based on Expected Family Contribution as reported in FAFSA documents and based on criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education. Students not eligible to receive CARES Act funding and who are experiencing unexpected financial hardships due to COVID-19 or unexpected emergencies may contact the following offices for additional support:

Center for Student Success

Office of Financial Aid 


Student Eligibility for CARES ACT Emergency Funds

  • Must be an active student and must have been enrolled during the Spring 2020 semester

  • Must be eligible to receive Title IV eligible with a valid FAFSA on file

  • Must not be in default or owe an overpayment to a federal aid program

  • Must meet the college’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy

  • Graduate and undergraduate students must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $9,999 or less

  • Cannot be enrolled 100% in online classes for the Spring 2020 semester before March 13, 2020


Additional Information

Funding from the federal CARES Act, Section 18004, Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, allows institutions to evaluate students for federal emergency financial aid grants. Emergency Relief Grant funding is limited to students who meet eligibility criteria. Federal Emergency Relief Grant funding will not likely meet your complete financial needs. These funds are a one-time grant and are not renewable. The following are considered expenses under a student's cost of attendance, related to the disruption of university operations due to COVID-19 by the Department of Education:

Campus Housing: Expenses related to paying rent for off-campus housing, or to reimburse housing costs and living expenses due to relocation.

Food: Expenses related to buying groceries, or to reimburse meal costs associated with finding noninstitutional alternatives.

Moving/Shipping: Expenses associated with the closure of residence halls, such as moving, shipping, and storage fees.

Technology: Expenses related to the purchase of technology needs for distance learning, not limited to computers, printers, software, and internet access.

Transportation: Expenses related to unexpected transportation costs (e.g., returning from study-abroad, moving off campus, returning home) or prepaid bus, subway, or commuter rail passes.

As of this update, the estimated total number of students who are or could be eligible to participate in the Federal student financial aid programs under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and therefore may be eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 222.

Emergency Aid Applications were sent to all students who were or could be eligible to participate in the aforementioned program. 87 applications were returned and processed by the Office of Financial Aid. A total of $49,600 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants was dispersed and received by the 62 students who qualified to receive the funds.

Emergency Aid Applications will be sent to new and returning students after the start of the Fall 2020 semester.

Next Steps & Notification of Award

Students who are eligible to receive CARES Act emergency grants will be notified via email. By accepting the funds, students are confirming they incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

Updated: 7/31/20

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