Nyack College recognizes that these are unprecedented times.  You may be struggling with issues you never anticipated. Please know that Nyack College is here to support our students through any unexpected demands placed on their educational goals or personal lives. Having applied, signed and returned the Certification Agreement to the Department of Education to access funds under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), Nyack College has the ability to use a maximum of 50 percent of the funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to provide financial support in the form of emergency grants to our students impacted by COVID-19.

What the grant can be used for:

Through this funding, Nyack College is able to disburse up to $865,000 to eligible students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations.  The coronavirus pandemic has impacted many areas of the Nyack College community, including, but not limited to, food administration, housing, course materials, technology, health and child/dependent care expenses.  As of May 18, 2020, grants began to be disbursed through an Emergency Grant application process.

Who is eligible?

As of April 10, 2021, Nyack College has awarded Emergency grants to 726 students.  Grant eligibility was determined by two processes: i.e., students living on campus and the commuter students.  It was the commuter students who were required to submit an application.  The total award to Nyack College in CARES Emergency grant funding has now been fully spent for student relief.

In compliance with the Department of Education, here were the minimum eligibility requirements for a COVID-19 Emergency Grant:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident or eligible noncitizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number.
  • Be registered with Selective Service if you are male over the age of 17.
  • Be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • For currently enrolled students, be making satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans.
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan.
  • Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges.
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.

For questions or more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Services at:


In addition to the aid made available to eligible students,  Nyack College also received as part of the COVID-19 Emergency Funding, funds that were made available to the institution to cover costs associated with significant changes in the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus and a grant as assistance to minority serving institutions.  The attached quarterly budget and expenditure reporting under CARES Act provides details of how the funds can be used and where the College has requested reimbursement for expenses incurred in the described areas.