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Elmira College officials continue to follow the COVID-19 situation closely and are working hand-in-hand with our state and local Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control to make sure that we have the necessary information and resources.

Emergency Funding Application for Students

The CARES Act emergency funding assists Elmira College students with crisis situations and unexpected financial hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic. Additional information on the purpose, student eligibility, and award amounts, along with the application, is available below. Please direct any questions to


In compliance with the U.S. Department of Education, Elmira College acknowledges that:

  1. Elmira College signed and returned to the US Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on April 16, 2020. Approval for federal funding was authorized on April 25, 2020.
  2. The amount awarded to Elmira College was $458,931 to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.
  3. As of May 22, 2020, the total amount of emergency financial aid grants awarded to students is $47,188. Distribution of funds will take place over the next 10 working days.
  4. The estimated total number of students at Elmira College eligible to participate in Title IV financial aid, and thus eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants to students is under the CARES Act is approximately 725.
  5. As of May 22, 2020, the total number of students who have been awarded an emergency financial aid grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 29. Receipt of funds will be within 10 working days.
  6. Elmira College has implemented an application process to determine which students receive emergency financial aid grants. The application has been emailed to all EC students with instructions on how to apply and parameters for funding (MUST be for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus); it is also posted in our internal portal and on external website. A committee has been established to review applications and make decisions on funding requests. The selection committee reviews all requests to determine student eligibility, prioritize student financial need, and verify that funding requests meets federal guidelines for eligibility. The maximum award amount set by Elmira College is $5,000; however, depending on student financial need, any applications with requests exceeding the maximum award amount will be handled on a case-by-case basis. If students are Title IV eligible, their request meets federal guidelines for eligibility, and the amount requested is less than the maximum award amount, applications are approved by the selection committee.
  7. Elmira College has provided the following instructions, directions, and guidance to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants (and is included on the application for funding):
    • Purpose: CARES Act emergency funding assists Elmira College students with crisis situations and unexpected financial hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic. Eligible expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, child care, and other similar expenses that pose a pressing financial need to students specifically due to the disruption of campus operations from the coronavirus pandemic. Funding may not be used to pay outstanding EC account balances.
    • Award Amount: Individual financial awards, which will vary depending on circumstances, are intended as a onetime emergency aid scholarship to help students persist in their studies. The maximum award amount is $5,000; however, the range of funding and/or number of awards will be based upon the number of qualified applicants and the amount of funding available. Any applications with award requests exceeding $5,000 will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the nature of your funding request, you may be requested to provide documentation or receipts as proof to support your stated need. By applying for funds, you certify that any awarded funds will only be used for the purposes stated in your application and that all information provided is true and correct. Please note that these awards may be taxable.
    • Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be Elmira College students who are or could be eligible to participate in Title IV federal student aid programs (U.S. citizens and non-citizens possessing a green card) and who demonstrate financial need related to the coronavirus pandemic. There are a series of Y/N questions on the application that will determine your eligibility. Please direct any questions to
The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), commonly known as a coronavirus, is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Common symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The CDC believes that symptoms may appear in as few as two days or up to 14 days after exposure.

For the latest, most up-to-date information about the virus, please call or visit:

Centers for Disease Control1 (800) 232-4636

New York State Department of Health1 (888) 364-3065

Chemung County Health Department(607) 737-2028
How to help prevent the spread of the virus:

  • WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes/nose/mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your cough/sneeze
  • Stay home/ in your room if you are feeling ill
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick
  • Disinfect common areas that are touched frequently (door knobs, keyboard, phone)
Students: If you are experiencing symptoms of acute respiratory illness, you should limit contact with others. You should immediately make an appointment with the Clarke Health Center office by calling (607) 735-1750 or emailing Director of Health Services, Wendy Fiscus, at

Employees: Any employee who is experiencing symptoms of acute respiratory illness should refrain from coming to work until the symptoms have resolved. Employees who miss time at work should consult their immediate supervisor regarding the use of benefit time. Supervisors are asked to send employees home if they are exhibiting symptoms of acute respiratory illness. Employees experiencing symptoms are encouraged to contact their primary care provider or seek emergency treatment.
All Term III travel for 2020 has been cancelled. Students were notified via email. If you have any questions related to a scheduled Term III trip, please contact the appropriate faculty member for that trip:

The Centers for Disease Control is monitoring this situation globally and issuing travel advisories based on their latest data.

College officials will continue to review and follow recommendations related to travel issued by local and state authorities and the Centers for Disease Control.


COVID-19 Information Session 03-12-2020 Transcript