About the Virus

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), commonly known as a coronavirus, is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness. 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.

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Prevention

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)
 

What Should I do if I Feel Sick?

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, Rachel McEvoy '14, at rmcevoy14@elmira.edu.

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.

For additional information, the latest Elmira College Coronavirus Guidelines are available on MyEC.

 

American Rescue Plan (ARP)

Elmira College signed and returned to the US Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the American Rescue Plan (ARP).  Approval for federal funding was authorized on May 14, 2021.

The amount awarded to Elmira College was $1,185,890 to provide emergency financial aid grants to students. As of Sept. 27, 2021, the total amount of ARP emergency financial aid grants distributed to students is $262,358.  The quarterly reporting total amount of grants distributed to students, covering the period of Oct.1, 2021 - Dec. 31, 2022, is $231,024. The quarterly reporting total amount of grants distributed to students, covering the period of Jan. 1, 2022 - March 31, 2022, is $430,975.

The estimated total number of students at the institution who are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the ARP program is 732.

As of Sept. 27, 2021, the total number of students who received an emergency financial aid grant under the American Rescue Plan is 83. For the quarterly reporting period, Oct. 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021, 149 students were awarded funding. For the quarterly reporting period, Jan. 1, 2022 - March 31, 2021, 254 students were awarded funding.

Elmira College has implemented an application process to determine which students receive emergency financial aid grants.  The application was emailed to all EC students with instructions on how to apply and the parameters for funding; it was also posted in the internal MyEC web portal.  A committee was established to review applications and make decisions on funding requests.  The selection committee reviews all requests to determine student eligibility, prioritize students’ exceptional financial need, and verify that funding requests meets federal guidelines for eligibility.  The maximum award amount set by Elmira College is the equivalent amount of a maximum PELL grant; however, approval amounts vary based on the student’s financial need as determined by their FAFSA and Expected Family Contribution (EFC). 

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

This student aid is intended to assist students attending Elmira College with emergency grant funding provided through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).  The ARP requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional financial need, such as students who receive PELL grants or students who have faced significant unexpected expenses due to the coronavirus pandemic.  ARP emergency grants can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health), or child care.  Students will be asked for written (or electronic) consent if it is their request to have the grant funds applied directly to their Elmira College institutional account. 

Award Amount

Individual student aid awards, which will vary depending on financial need, are intended as a one-time emergency aid scholarship to help students with costs related to the pandemic.  The range of funding available and/or number of awards is based upon the number of qualified applicants and the amount of funding available.  Students with exceptional financial need will be prioritized in awarding these financial aid grants.

Eligibility Criteria

Students must complete an ARP Student Aid Application to request funding. Applicants must be Elmira College students who can demonstrate financial need related to the coronavirus pandemic.  Unlike previous HEERF funding, the ARP emergency aid is available to international students, students enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and undocumented students with exceptional financial need.

 

CRRSAA Funding

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 Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). Approval for federal funding was authorized on January 19, 2021.

The amount awarded to Elmira College was $458,931 to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.

As of March 12, 2021, the total amount of emergency financial aid grants distributed to students is $458,931. All CRRSAA funds were expended on March 12, 2021.

The estimated total number of students at the institution who are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA programs is approximately 705.

As of March 12, 2021, the total number of students who received an emergency financial aid grant under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act is 239.

Elmira College initially distributed approximately two-thirds of the CRRSAA funds automatically to full- and part-time students receiving PELL grants as emergency grants. After the first distribution to students with exceptional financial need, students were then able to apply to receive financial aid grants from the remaining one-third of the funds. The application was emailed to all EC students with instructions on how to apply and the parameters for funding; it was also posted in the internal portal and on external website. A committee was established to review applications and make decisions on funding requests. The selection committee reviewed all requests to determine student eligibility, prioritized students’ exceptional financial need, and verified that funding requests meets federal guidelines for eligibility. The maximum award amount set by Elmira College was the equivalent amount of a maximum PELL grant ($6,495); however, amounts varied based on the student’s financial need as determined by their FAFSA and Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

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

CRRSAA student aid is intended to assist students attending Elmira College with emergency grant funding. Unlike the CARES Act, CRRSAA requires that students with exceptional financial need be prioritized, such as students who receive PELL grants. CRRSAA financial aid grants can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health), or child care. Students will be asked for written (or electronic) consent if it is their request to have the grant funds applied directly to their Elmira College institutional account. Funds must be used for pre-award costs incurred on or after December 27, 2020.

Award Amount

Individual student aid awards, which will vary depending on financial need, are intended as a one-time emergency aid scholarship to help students with costs related to the pandemic. The range of funding available and/or number of awards is based upon the number of qualified applicants and the amount of funding available. Students with exceptional financial need will be prioritized in awarding these financial aid grants.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be Elmira College students who can demonstrate financial need, which is related to the coronavirus pandemic. International students, students enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and undocumented students are not eligible for this funding.

 

CARES Act Emergency Funding

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 caresactaid@elmira.edu.

** All funding has been dispersed. **

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

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.

The amount awarded to Elmira College was $458,931 to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.

From May 13, 2020 to September 30, 2020, the total amount of emergency financial aid grants distributed to students is $391,112.  The quarterly reporting amount, covering the period of October 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 is $39,355, bringing the total amount of emergency financial aid grants distributed to students to $430,467.  FINAL:  As of March 12, 2021, all of the funding has been disbursed ($458,931).

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.

From May 13, 2020 to September 30, 2020, the total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 185 students.  For the quarterly reporting period of October 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, there were an additional 18 students awarded funding, bringing the total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant to 203 students.  FINAL:  As of March 12, 2021, there were 216 students awarded an emergency financial aid grant.

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.

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 caresactaid@elmira.edu.

Quarterly CARES Act Budget and Expenditure Reporting

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