SUNY College of Optometry has prioritized awarding of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to its students in the following manner (methodology)
SUNY College of Optometry will award emergency financial aid grants to students who complete and sign the certified application demonstrating how this emergency has created a financial need. Students will be invited to apply by email and have a week to complete the application. Applications will be reviewed by an internal committee established for this purpose to determine if the student has requested funds for a valid expense. The committee will evaluate the applications and prioritize in the following way:
- Students with lowest EFC who had incurred a COVID -19 cost of attendance related expense will be prioritized before student’s with higher EFC.
- If a student, spouse, or a student’s parent has lost their job due to COVID-19 we will accept documentation to adjust the EFC.
We anticipate starting the application process on or about May 6, 2020 with the first grants to be approved by end of May-early June. We expect to award all the funds by September 2020. Awards will vary depending on the number of eligible applicants.
Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, students may receive awards ranging from $0 to $6,000