Stop Monmouth from denying it’s poorest students CARES Act Emergency Aid

Stop Monmouth from denying it’s poorest students CARES Act Emergency Aid

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Monmouth Pell Recipients for CARES Aid (MPRCA) started this petition to President Patrick Leahy

During this unprecedented global pandemic, low income families—especially those of color, have suffered the brunt of financial hardship. Monmouth University’s low-income students have lost their federal work study jobs, did not receive aid through the federal stimulus bill and have families that've suffered loss of work with very little to no savings to support them through loss of income. Some of Monmouth’s low students cannot even afford to buy groceries and have been surviving off of food pantries.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) was signed into law on March 27, 2020. Sections 18004(a)(1) and 18004(c) of CARES authorize nearly $12.5 billion to Institutions of Higher Education through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). The United States Department of Education allocated Monmouth University nearly $5 million dollars in funding through CARES, with approximately $2.5 million in aid through HEERF.

The Monmouth CARES Act Grant Team established that in order for students to be eligible for emergency grant aid through HEERF, they must have been enrolled at Monmouth for spring 2020, filed a FAFSA, met all federal Title IV financial aid eligibility requirements, and had unmet financial need. Monmouth uses this formula to calculate Unmet Need:

Unmet need = Need — Need-based financial aid given

Monmouth has directed that for a student to receive aid through HEERF, they must demonstrate at least $1 of Unmet Need. Based on this calculation, students that received the most need-based financial aid (hence if a student received enough financial aid to equal or exceed the amount of 'Need') the University will not consider them for CARES grant aid, because their Unmet Need is $0 or less.
Monmouth’s use of an Unmet Need criteria DENIES it’s poorest students, who received the most need-based awards, vital emergency relief aid through CARES.

Only students with the lowest incomes have the highest financial need and are therefore awarded the most need-based financial aid from the University. This student population makes up a large proportion of students who receive Federal Pell grant recipients, which are only available to students who display exceptional financial need. Moreover, 75% of the Department of Education’s allocation of HEERF to Monmouth was BASED on the number of full-time Federal Pell grant recipients enrolled.

Join the fight to stop Monmouth denying emergency relief to its poorest students and urge President Leahy to prioritize the immediate release of  HEERF emergency grant aid to Pell recipients and Pell eligible graduate students.

Thank you,
Monmouth Pell Recipients for CARES Aid (MPRCA)
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