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Notre Dame College is providing more than 800 students with nearly $650,000 in emergency financial aid grants as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

An estimated 825 students at the College are eligible to receive some of the $637,060 in funding Notre Dame has received for emergency grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. This financial aid is issued to help cover the costs of food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

In addition, nearly $80,000 of the total funds received have been held in reserve for additional awards to students who assert that the initial grant was insufficient to cover expenses incurred specifically related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

Eligible students were contacted with individual emails notifying them of the availability of these grants. Each received a customized message, as well, informing them of the amount they were awarded and when the funds would be distributed to them. Instructions also were provided regarding the application for additional funds.

The College’s financial aid office has created an online form for eligible students to apply for additional grants. Each student must detail expenses incurred due to the disruption of campus operations because of coronavirus and demonstrate that such expenditures exceed the amount of their initial award.

The college’s Financial Aid Special Circumstance Committee will review each application and determine if an additional grant will be given from the remaining reserve of funds.

This committee of key administrators and staff researched, developed the process for distribution of the grants and administered the funds according to federal guidelines.

The group determined and quantified eligible expenses for different groups of students based on several factors, including, but not limited to, whether each was a resident on campus or a commuter. A pool was identified of all eligible students, and a sliding scale was developed to define categories of need based upon Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) ranges from the FAFSA. Funds then were awarded based upon each eligible student’s EFC.

May 2020

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master’s degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or