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We have compiled some information from the County of Sonoma website along with a link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for more detailed information and FAQs about the Coronavirus.
TEMPORARY DISTANCE EDUCATION: Empire College is holding classes via temporary distance education during the current shelter-in-place order in effect in Sonoma County, and the campus is closed to the public.
CARES ACT EMERGENCY AID TO STUDENTS:The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed by Congress and signed into law in March, will provide $245,488 to Empire College as emergency aid directly to students.
Empire College is currently developing a plan to equitably and fairly distribute the CARES Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants, based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Education. At this point, the funds have yet to arrive. Once they do, the campus community will be notified of the process.
This will include clear instructions on how students who are eligible for Title IV federal financial aid can request the grants to help with their expenses related to campus disruptions due to COVID-19. To apply for an emergency grant, students must be enrolled in one of Empire’s eligible programs and qualify for federal aid as determined through filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who have not yet filed the 2019-2020 FAFSA can still do so at studentaid.gov; the filing due date is Friday, June 12, 2020.
Empire College students can use the CARES Act Student Emergency Relief Fund grant for expenses incurred as a result of the pandemic. The expenses are described as the “cost of attendance” as defined in the Higher Education Act, including but not limited to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare expenses. The grants will be available to Title IV federal financial aid eligible students in approved programs, including undergraduate and MLS graduate degree-seeking students. Details on how students can apply for the emergency aid will be shared as soon as they are available. The requirement for eligibility is defined by the CARES act, as interpreted by the U.S. Department of Education.
Empire College is committed to supporting our students during this unprecedented time and has been working diligently to supply the needed documentation to the U.S. Department of Education to receive these HEERF funds for our students. We will keep you informed of our progress on our website and via email.
As a private college, Empire's institutional culture is focused on supporting the community at all levels and includes the president, faculty and staff, and students in each of our Business School and Law School programs. Through community outreach and academic service learning, Empire College is committed to providing a variety of free services each year to local residents and nonprofit agencies. In addition to providing free services ranging from health screenings to income tax preparation to legal advice, Empire's community outreach program involves raising thousands of dollars and donating facility space to local nonprofit organizations. Because of these combined efforts, Empire College was nationally recognized on President Obama's 2012-2015 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, at the state level with a CAPPS Community Service Award, and by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors with a Jefferson Award. Click here to watch a video about Empire's commitment to community service.
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