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COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance for UNOH Students

The University of Northwestern Ohio offered $1,000 grants for eligible students who are experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.

These emergency grants can be used by eligible students who are struggling with living expenses or facing other unexpected financial challenges related to the disruption of campus operations due to this pandemic, including expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

CARES Act Funding

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, money was set aside for Higher Education Institutions to provide aid to students facing financial hardships.  This fund, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), granted the University of Northwestern Ohio $3,906,342 to help mitigate financial impact of the pandemic. 

The University of Northwestern Ohio signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement with the assurance that UNOH used no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

50% of the funds received by UNOH amounts to $1,953,171.  This money was used to directly assist eligible students experiencing financial hardships caused by the pandemic.  The remaining funds were designated to the University to offset additional expenses created by the pandemic.

To be eligible for the federal relief dollars, a student needed to have been in attendance on March 13, 2020 and be currently enrolled in a degree or diploma program during this coronavirus period, with a FAFSA on file and be eligible to receive Title IV federal financial aid. In addition, students must have met all guidelines as determined by the US Department of Education. A list of these eligibility requirements is listed below.

There are approximately 1,765 students eligible to receive $1,000 Emergency Grants from UNOH through the CARES Act program.

Application Process

  • Students were asked to fill out the application for the grant found on the MyUNOH Portal prior to July 10, 2020.
  • UNOH Financial Aid officers reviewed each application to determine eligibility.

Applications were reviewed as they were received.  For those eligible, the $1,000 Emergency Grant was posted to the student’s account and the check or direct deposit processed within 14 business days of receipt of the application.  Final due date for applications was Friday, July 10, 2020. 

Following the application deadline, remaining funds were distributed evenly among students who remained eligible and maintained an actively enrolled status in a traditionally delivered degree or diploma program at UNOH. 

In order to receive the Emergency Grant funds in a timely manner, the University encouraged students to sign up for direct deposit. Step-by-step instructions to setup direct deposits are available on the MyUNOH portal.

Eligibility requirements

Emergency Grants are awarded in accordance with federal, state, and institutional rules and regulations. The U.S. Department of Education requirements are listed below.

Eligible Students must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen.
  • Be currently enrolled in a traditionally delivered degree or diploma program on March 13, 2020, the date of President Trump’s National Emergency declaration due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • Have a FAFSA on file in Financial Aid office.
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans, or not be in default on Title IV loans.
  • Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges.
  • Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits.
  • Have repaid Title IV loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently.
  • Have Selective Service registration verified.
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.

For more information about the Emergency Grants contact

CARES Grant Disbursement Status

HEERF Student Portion

As of July 31, 2020, 1,468 students received emergency funding through the CARES Grant program. The total amount awarded as of this date is $1,953,877.  The student portion of the HEERF funding has been exhausted and any applicant who applied by July 10, 2020 and met eligibility requirements at the time was awarded assistance.

HEERF Institutional Portion

The University of Northwestern Ohio must also report the amount of remaining funds designated to the University to offset additional expenses created by the pandemic on a quarterly basis.  These reports are posted below and will be updated quarterly with current disbursement amounts awarded to the University of Northwestern Ohio from the U.S. Department of Education.

UNOH HEERF Quarterly Report Ending 9-30-20

UNOH HEERF Quarterly Report Ending 12-31-20

UNOH HEERF Quarterly Report Ending 3-31-21

UNOH HEERF Quarterly Report Ending 3-31-21 UPDATED

UNOH HEERF Quarterly Report Ending 6-30-21