CARES Act Disclosure information

May 21, 2020

John Brown University signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for the CARES Act funding for higher education institutions. JBU will receive a total of $1,316,399 of which $658,170 is earmarked as Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students and the remaining $658,169 will be used to help JBU offset revenue lost from room and board refunds, which were made to students for the portion of the spring 2020 semester when students were required to leave campus due to risks associated with COVID-19. JBU is committed to use no less than 50 percent of the total funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.  The first portion of the funds was available on the government portal on April 22 and the second portion was available on April 25; however, JBU did not immediately take possession of those funds as we first established the methodology of distribution to students. 

As of May 22, 2020, JBU has distributed $63,295 to 69 students. We are still accepting applications, as we estimate that 1100 JBU students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. To determine which students receive the Emergency Financial Aid Grants, JBU has requested that students complete this application, which was communicated to students via this letter, sent by email.