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The DigiPen Momentum Program is a new initiative that will be funded through the CARES Act’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and funds provided by DigiPen. Students who are experiencing unexpected and undue financial hardships in the following categories may be eligible for funds through the Momentum Program:

  • Retake tuition for non-passing Emergency No Credit or Emergency Withdrawal (ENC/EW) grades due to COVID-19-related issues
  • Food-related expenses
  • Housing costs (including rent, mortgage, utilities, etc.)
  • Physical moving expenses
  • Healthcare costs
  • Other unlisted costs and expenses

To apply for the DigiPen Momentum Program, see the Grants page for additional information.

Deadlines

Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. HEERF funds will be awarded until exhausted and need to be awarded within one calendar year of the signing of the Certification and Agreement. ENC/EW retake grants funded by DigiPen will only be paid for the following semesters: summer 2020, fall 2020, and spring 2021.

Eligibility Criteria for Title IV Eligible Students

(Emergency Grant and ENC/EW Retake Grants)

  • Be a current/matriculated student
  • Completion of a FAFSA
  • Title IV eligible:
    • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program
    • Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school
    • Be meeting satisfactory academic progress for currently enrolled students
    • Not owe a refund on Title IV grants
    • Not be in default on Title IV loans
    • File a certification “as part of the original financial aid application process” that includes:
      • A statement of educational purpose
      • Student’s Social Security Number
    • Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible non-citizen
    • Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of — or pleaded guilty or no contest to — charges
    • Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits
    • Have returned Title IV fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pleaded 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 (Title IV aid ineligibility for failure to register is in the Selective Service Act §3811(f))
    • Have Social Security Number verified
    • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations
  • Completion of a Momentum Program Application online
  • Have been affected financially from the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19

Eligibility Criteria for Non-Title-IV Students

(ENC/EW Retake Grants Funded Solely with DigiPen Funds)

  1. Be a current/matriculated student
  2. Complete a Momentum Program Application online
  3. Have been affected financially from the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19

Award Determination of Momentum Program Funds

The COVID-19 Momentum Committee will review each application on a rolling basis as they are submitted. Items to be reviewed:

  • Which need categories were completed?

  • What is the total amount the student is requesting?

  • Is the student Title IV eligible?

  • What is the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?

  • Are the student’s funds requests related to disruptions of campus operations due to COVD-19?

Emergency Grant for Non-tuition Related Expenses

Students who are determined to be Title IV eligible and have selected categories other than tuition will be awarded an Emergency Grant from the HEERF based on the charts below. The student’s award will be based on the chart below. Funds will be awarded until HEERF funds are exhausted.

  • Application responses are reviewed on a rolling basis by the COVID-19 Momentum Committee

  • Students are awarded funds based on the student’s EFC, total funds requested, and added student comments

Emergency Grant Award Determination

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) RangeNeed DeterminationMaximum Award Amount*
$0 — $6,000Neediest$1,500
$6,001 — $15,000Needy$1,250
$15,001 — $30,000Moderate Need$750
$30,001 — $45,000Low Need$250
$45,001 +No Need/Lowest Need$0

* Award is lesser of the maximum or amount requested.
Minimum award of $500 if EFC is $6,000 or lower.

Emergency Grant for ENC/EW Retake

Students who are determined to be Title IV eligible and have selected that they need to retake an ENC/EW course will be awarded with funds from the HEERF. Once all HEERF funds are exhausted, ENC/EW retake charges will be covered by DigiPen funds. Students who are not eligible for Title IV aid can still receive emergency grants for ENC/EW retakes through non-HEERF funds.

  • Students have received an ENC or EW grade and are retaking the course during the summer 2020, fall 2020, or spring 2021 semesters

  • Students are awarded HEERF funds based on fund availability and ENC/EW tuition charge

    • Summer 2020 class cost: $836 per credit
    • Fall 2020 Class cost: $1,087 per credit
    • Spring 2021 class cost: $1,087 per credit

Disclosures

  • DigiPen acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  • DigiPen has received $480,976 from the Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  • DigiPen has distributed $117,986 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under HEERF of the CARES Act as of May 20, 2020.

  • Approximately 660 students at the institution are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under HEERF of the CARES Act.

  • So far, 111 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under HEERF of the CARES Act.

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