Update: Coronavirus Relief Funds
September 14, 2020
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report
Lancaster Theological Seminary received $19,204 from the Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund as a part of a $14 billion initiative to support postsecondary colleges and universities under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. We distributed around $10,000 directly to our master’s level students as Emergency Financial Aid Grants to help with the costs of living including food, housing, technology, healthcare, childcare, etc.
About 25-percent of 80 eligible enrolled master’s level students (receiving Title IV funding) participated and applied for Emergency Financial Aid support. Looking ahead, these funds will continue to support the ongoing effort to help our students. Any additional CARES Act funds the Seminary receives will be distributed in a similar fashion to support our students during this time of crisis.
COVID-19 has disrupted our community, our academics and our personal lives. We are thankful that these funds help our students during this time. Lancaster Seminary has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement with our intention to use no less than 50 percent of these funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to support our students directly.