COVID-19 Resources


On this page are various resources for our students and employees including policies in effect for the Fall 2021 semester.


Health Services

COVID Vaccination

illustration of vaccine

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is vital to protect yourself and others. Scroll down to Vaccine Information for resources on how and where you can get a vaccine!

CDC.gov: Vaccine Information

Weekly Updates

Oct. 21

Weekly Report

This is the weekly report as prepared by faculty in the Master of Public Health program.

Week Ending Oct. 21 (pdf)


mask poster

Mask Up!

Prevent the Spread of Disease

Masks are effective to prevent spreading COVID-19 from someone who has the virus and may or may not have symptoms.

  • If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms: Contact your health care provider to determine if you need testing and receive instructions about caring for yourself at home.

Vaccine Resources

Where to Find a Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are available through your healthcare provider, public health department, and pharmacies.

Find a Vaccine Near You
Rock Island Health Department
Scott County Health Department
Hy-Vee Stores
*Walgreens
CVS
*Main at Locust Pharmacy
State of Iowa Vaccine Page
State of Illinois Vaccine Page
VaccineFinder.org

*Within walking distance of campus

General Vaccine Questions
Call 211 from any phone and a community services specialist will answer 24/7. (First check with your health care provider with questions specific to your health situation.)

After Your Vaccination

If you experience an adverse reaction after vaccination, report your symptoms through one of these resources:

Even after you've been vaccinated, you should continue following public health measures to slow the spread of this disease because none of the vaccines offer 100% protection, and it's unknown if vaccinated people can spread the disease. (For comparison, the measles vaccine is 97% effective and was only recently eradicated from the U.S. in 2000.)

Don't Get Scammed

Yes, some people are still trying to take advantage of the pandemic through tricks and playing to people's fears and vulnerabilities.

Be aware of the various COVID scams that involve compromising your bank account, credit cards, social security, and others:

Policies

Pandemic Non-Compliance Disciplinary Policy

Stringent measures are necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students, employees and the St. Ambrose University community.

It is imperative that we work together to ensure we get through this pandemic successfully with the utmost integrity and respect for one another's health and wellbeing/ For students who disregard the safety measures outlined in the St. Ambrose Return to Campus Guidelines, this Pandemic Non-Compliance Disciplinary Policy will be enforced.

Policy

  • Failure to follow this Policy and/or the Bee Promise may result in disciplinary action of different severity, including, but not limited to, reminders in the Student's conduct file, formal written warnings, meeting with the Dean of Students, removal from residence halls/University-owned residences, requirement to complete classes online, or prohibition from returning to campus.
  • Students are asked to remind peers who may forget to practice safety guidelines, and immediately report any disregard of the St. Ambrose Return to Campus Guidelines to Campus Security or the Dean of Students Office.
  • The University will not tolerate retaliation against any individual who reports non-compliance.
  • Any social gathering that violates the Pandemic Non-Compliance Policy may result in immediate removal from the residence halls by all participants.
  • For students needing an accommodation, they should contact the Accessibility Resource Center.
Face Mask Policy – Amended August 2021

All individuals, vaccinated and unvaccinated, are required to wear a facemask when inside campus buildings, effective Monday, August 16, 2021.

Individuals are not required to wear masks within their personal residence room, alone in offices or personal workspaces, or when actively eating or drinking in designated areas. In the Wellness and Recreation Center, masks are required in all academic and common spaces. They are not required when working out in designated exercise facilities, during active athletic practices, or by athletes while actively participating in a practice or during events.

Students and employees will not be required to wear masks while outside, although the University reserves the right to require masks outside when it believes any group meeting outside warrants this precaution.

Mask Policy

All individuals, vaccinated and unvaccinated, are required to wear a facemask when inside campus buildings, effective Monday, August 16, 2021.

Individuals are not required to wear masks within their personal residence room, alone in offices or personal workspaces, or when actively eating or drinking in designated areas. In the Wellness and Recreation Center, masks are required in all academic and common spaces. They are not required when working out in designated exercise facilities, during active athletic practices, or by athletes while actively participating in a practice or during events.

Students and employees will not be required to wear masks while outside, although the University reserves the right to require masks outside when it believes any group meeting outside warrants this precaution.

Isolation Protocol


For all questions related to COVID-19, please call the COVID Support Line, 563-333-5678.

In order to comply with public health protocols, St. Ambrose University requires that non-residential students isolate and not visit campus if they test positive for COVID-19. Please try to avoid any close contact with anyone. Close contact is defined as:

  • being within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least a 15-minute period
  • you provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • you had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them)
  • you shared eating or drinking utensils
  • they sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

You may be in isolation for approximately 14 days and can leave and resume in-person activities when you obtain clearance from St. Ambrose University Health Services.

Health Service Notification

You are required to notify Health Services that you are in isolation. If isolating on-campus, follow these instructions:

  • Call 911 if you develop difficulty in breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, bluish lips or face, confusion or drowsiness.
  • Contact your instructors, coaches, employers to inform them that absence from obligations is due to a personal issue that you are working through with staff from our office.
  • You must make arrangements with Kelly Sidran for someone to pick up your mail and packages (sidrankellyj@sau.edu or 563-333-6000).

Housing

Pack and set aside a suitcase, backpack, box or bag to take with you if the isolation area is other than home or your own room. Ill students are encouraged to go home to isolate and recover. The University has a limited number of isolation rooms for residential students who are unable to go home due to distance or other extenuating circumstances.

Those who must remain on campus will abide by University guidelines. This may include relocating temporarily to another room, cleaning surroundings as directed, keeping up with your professors about missed classes, following communication instructions, and minimizing exposure to others. Students may be asked to isolate off campus at a hotel if there are no isolation rooms available on campus and they can't go home. Pack as if you are going on a 2-week vacation. Take no more than one suitcase, a carry-on bag (backpack), computer, and purse/wallet.

Items to bring with you to isolation or quarantine:

  • Health supplies - face coverings, tissues, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, thermometer, over-the-counter medications to relieve their symptoms and any prescription medications.
  • Toiletries - toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, mouthwash, dental floss, razor, shaving cream, feminine hygiene products, soap, shampoo, conditioner, comb, brush.
  • Other personal articles - towels x 3, washcloths x 3, clothing sufficient for 10 days, bedding.
  • Course work - remember, as you are able, you are expected to be in regular communication with your professors about any missed lectures, assignments, and exams. Professors will be flexible, but all coursework must be completed.
  • Study materials - books, notebooks, laptop, etc. The library has Chromebooks available for checkout from the circulation desk. They are not able to load specific software but will connect to the internet and allow access to Gmail and all the GSuite products (Docs, Forms, Slides & Sheets).


Meal Service

Please email mealdelivery@sau.edu to coordinate meal delivery. Please include your student ID#, any food allergies, and which meals you would like to have delivered. To assist Sodexo in the planning of each meal, we ask that you consistently commit to a meal delivery schedule throughout your time in isolation, for example, lunch and dinner every day. Please wear a mask when you retrieve your meal.

Meals will be delivered between the following hours:

  • Breakfast - 8:30 am - 9:30 am, Monday - Friday
  • Brunch/Lunch - 12 pm - 1 pm, Monday - Sunday
  • Dinner - 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, Monday - Sunday


Health Services and Safety Guidelines

  • Stay in your room. Do not leave your room unless it is for an emergency. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and recover at home without medical care.
  • No visitors are allowed.
  • Check your temperature once a day. Telehealth visits and disposable
  • thermometers are available from the Health Service if needed.
  • Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter
  • medications to provide relief from your symptoms and help you feel better.
  • If you need to do laundry, and no one else can do it for you, wear a mask, avoid others and maintain social-distancing. Do your laundry once you are placed in quarantine just in case you have to move into isolation when you receive your test results.
  • Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
  • Clean your room daily using disinfectant wipes or sprays. If you share a
  • bathroom, only one person should be in the bathroom at a time and wash
  • hands/disinfect surfaces before and after use.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or elbow.
  • Arrangements will be made with Housekeeping staff to pick up your trash once a week.
  • Do not use public transportation, ride sharing or taxis.
  • Postpone all travel.
  • Reschedule all non-essential appointments until you complete isolation.
  • If you need to see a healthcare provider, call ahead and wear a face covering.
  • Private bathrooms where students are isolating on-campus will not be cleaned for the duration of the isolation period, but toilet paper will continue to be issued.
  • Watch for cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Report these symptoms to your health care provider.
  • Telehealth visits and disposable thermometers are available from the Health Service if needed.


For Assistance with Testing or Health Needs

  • Email Health Services or call 563-333-5678, Monday through Friday; 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
  • On-call Case Manager at 563-333-5678, Evenings and Weekends. If the case manager does not answer, leave your name and telephone number on the confidential voicemail, and the case manager will return your call as soon as possible.
  • If you have difficulty reaching the case manager, call the Security Dispatch Officer at 563-333-6104.


Quad Cities Area Healthcare Resources
Genesis Family Medical Center, 563-421-4400 Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Genesis Healthcare
Genesis Virtual Healthcare phone app
UnityPoint Healthcare
UnityPoint Virtual Healthcare phone app:
Genesis Hospital Emergency Room: 563-421-1100 (closest to campus)
24-Hour Crisis Line: 844-430-0375, Eastern Iowa Mental Health and Disability Services Region
COVID-19 vaccination providers:


Academic Resources
Student Success Center tutors and professional staff are available to assist you to stay current in your coursework. It is your responsibility to communicate with your faculty. We can assist you with establishing a routine and an organization plan. Our tutors are trained in study skills. Study skills include learning strategies, developing a calendar system that works for you and how to communicate with instructors/coaches and others when life happens. Our tutors can also refer you to other tutors for specific courses, or refer you to offices as needed. Follow this link on the portal and click on the course Study Skill. We are here to support you!

Academic Advising Professional advisers are available to be a liaison between you and your faculty. They can discuss your current course schedule and ways to be successful in your classes. They can assist you with deciding if you need to drop a class and at the same time, how to stay on track with your major. Please email Advising@sau.edu and we'll set you up with a virtual appointment.

Employment Resources
If you work off campus, you may be eligible to receive Unemployment Assistance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). In Illinois only, you will need to apply for regular unemployment benefits first. If you are denied, then you can apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

Quarantine Protocol

It is highly recommended that all students get vaccinated before arriving on campus and submit your record of vaccination to Student Health Services using this link.

For all questions related to COVID-19, please call the COVID Support Line, 563-333-5678.

Note on returning to campus: in order to comply with public health protocols, St. Ambrose University requires that students who are entering the United States from outside the Country should follow the CDC quarantine protocols before they arrive on campus. If you are unvaccinated and returning to campus from outside the United States, please contact Health Services (563-333-5678) before you travel to get return instructions.

Students who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine upon arrival to the United States unless they have symptoms. However, they will have to provide documentation that shows they have been fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated residential students should quarantine if they learn they live with and/or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Close contact is defined as:

  • being within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least a 15-minute
  • you provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • you had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged or kissed them)
  • you shared eating or drinking utensils
  • they sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Students who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, they will have to provide documentation that shows they have been fully vaccinated.


Housing
Depending upon your exposure timeline, you may be in quarantine for a few days or several weeks and can return to in-person activities when you obtain clearance from St. Ambrose University Health Services. If you are quarantined in a place that is not your own residence hall room, be sure to pack a suitcase, backpack, or bag to take with you. Pack as if you are going on a 2-week vacation. Take no more than one suitcase, a carry-on bag (backpack), computer, and purse.

Items to bring with you to quarantine:

  • Health supplies - face coverings, tissues, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, thermometer, over-the-counter medications to relieve their symptoms, and any prescription medications.
  • Toiletries - toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, mouthwash, dental floss, razor, shaving cream, feminine hygiene products, soap, shampoo, conditioner, comb, brush.
  • Other personal articles - towels x 3, washcloths x 3, clothing sufficient for 10 days, bedding.
  • Course work - remember, you are expected to be in regular communication with your professors about any missed class meetings, assignments, and exams. Faculty have been encouraged to utilize WebEx and other technology as a potential supplement to assist students who have an excused absence. Please note that faculty are not expected to duplicate the class in a synchronous or asynchronous delivery format.


Meal Service
Your friends who are not in quarantine can pick up meals for you. Where your friend would normally scan their own ID card, they will speak with the Sodexo employee on duty and inform them that they would like to pick up a to-go meal for their friend in quarantine. The only information your friend will need to pick up your meal is your full name and student ID# (they do not need your physical ID card).

If it is not possible for your friends to pick up your meals, you will be able to pick up your meals at the Sodexo loading dock (on the south side of Cosgrove Hall). Please email mealdelivery@sau.edu to coordinate meal pick-up. Please include your student ID#, food allergies, and which meals you would like to pick-up. To assist in the coordination of meal pick-up, we ask that you consistently commit to a meal schedule throughout your time in quarantine/isolation, for example, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Be sure to wear your mask and respect social distancing measures when picking up your meals. Meals can be picked up at the Sodexo loading dock between the following hours:

Breakfast - 8:30 am - 9:30 am, Monday - Friday
Brunch/Lunch - 12 pm - 1 pm, Monday - Sunday
Dinner - 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, Monday - Sunday

Health Service Notification
You are required to notify Health Services (563-333-5678) that you are in quarantine. If quarantining on-campus, follow these instructions:

  • Call 911 if you develop difficulty in breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, bluish lips or face, confusion, or drowsiness.
  • Stay in your room. Do not leave your room to go to busy public areas (e.g., classrooms, computer labs, dining areas, or any building on campus) or attend meetings/gatherings.
  • Contact your instructors, coaches, employers to inform them that absence from obligations is due to a personal issue that you are working through with staff from our office.


Health Services and Safety Guidelines

  • If you need to do laundry and no one else can do it for you, wear a mask, avoid others and maintain social-distancing. Do your laundry once you are placed in quarantine just in case you have to move into isolation when you receive your test results.
  • If you need to dispose of your trash and no one else can do it for you, you may dispose of your trash as you normally would. Wear a mask, avoid others and maintain social-distancing.
  • You may pick-up your mail at the Rogalski mailroom after 5:00pm and only if there are no others present. You may ONLY go to the mailroom and not any other area in Rogalski, and you must enter at the east entrance, by the Security Office. You must make arrangements with Kelly Sidran for someone to pick up your packages (sidrankellyj@sau.edu or 563-333-6000).
  • No visitors are allowed into your or your roommates residential areas, even if you have roommates who are not quarantining.
  • Watch for cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Report these symptoms to your health care provider.
  • Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated.
  • Going for a walk or run is allowed if you are alone, avoid others, wear face-covering when appropriate, and don't stop anywhere outside your room. The WRC is not available for your use during quarantine.
  • Stay away from people who are at high risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
  • Clean your room daily using disinfectant wipes or sprays. If you share a
  • bathroom, only one person should be in the bathroom at a time. Wash
  • hands/disinfect surfaces before and after use.
  • Private bathrooms where students are quarantining on-campus will not be cleaned for the duration of the quarantine period, but toilet paper will continue to be issued.
  • Telehealth visits and disposable thermometers are available from the Health Service if needed.
  • If you need to see a healthcare provider, call ahead and wear a face covering.
  • Reschedule all non-essential appointments until you complete quarantine.
  • Do not use public transportation, ride sharing, or taxis.
  • Postpone all travel.


For Assistance with Testing or Health Needs

  • Health Services at HinesNancyA@sau.edu or call 563-333-5678, Monday through Friday; 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
  • On-call Case Manager at 563-333-5678, Evenings and Weekends. If the case manager does not answer, leave your name and telephone number on the confidential voicemail, and the case manager will return your call as soon as possible.
  • If you have difficulty reaching the case manager, call the Security Dispatch Officer at 563-333-6104.


Quad Cities Area Healthcare Resources
Genesis Family Medical Center, 563-421-4400 Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Genesis Healthcare
Genesis Virtual Healthcare phone app
UnityPoint Healthcare:
UnityPoint Virtual Healthcare phone app:
Genesis Hospital Emergency Room: 563-421-1100 (closest to campus)
24-Hour Crisis Line: 844-430-0375, Eastern Iowa Mental Health and Disability Services Region
COVID-19 vaccination providers:

  • https://vaccinate.iowa.gov/
  • https://www.scottcountyiowa.gov/health/covid19/vaccine/vaccine-clinic


Academic Resources
Student Success Center tutors and professional staff are available to assist you to stay current in your coursework. It is your responsibility to communicate with your faculty. We can assist you with establishing a routine and an organization plan. Our tutors are trained in study skills. Study skills include learning strategies, developing a calendar system that works for you and how to communicate with instructors/coaches and others when life happens. Our tutors can also refer you to other tutors for specific courses, or refer you to offices as needed. Follow this link on the portal and click on the course Study Skill. We are here to support you!

Academic Advising Professional advisers are available to be a liaison between you and your faculty. They can discuss your current course schedule and ways to be successful in your classes. They can assist you with deciding if you need to drop a class and at the same time, how to stay on track with your major. Please email Advising@sau.edu and we'll set you up with a virtual appointment.

Employment Resources
If you work off campus, you may be eligible to receive Unemployment Assistance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). In Illinois only, you will need to apply for regular unemployment benefits first. If you are denied, then you can apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

Financial Reporting

2021 Quarterly Expenditure Reports – ARPA and CRRSAA

All documents below are pdfs.

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)
1st Quarter Report - ARPA
2nd Quarter Report - ARPA
3rd Quarter Report - ARPA

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)
1st Quarter Report - CRRSAA
2nd Quarter Report - CRRSAA

2021 American Rescue Plan Act

On March 11, 2021, St. Ambrose University (University) was awarded funding under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) in the amount of $5,550,047.

As required by ARP, $2,782,657 of the funds received by the University must be used for the sole and exclusive purpose of providing financial aid grants to students. Financial aid grants to students may 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 care) or child care. The University has used, and intends to use these funds for this purpose.

As of September 30, 2021, the University has distributed $1,148,000 of financial aid grants to 574 students.

Please read the full details of this report: 3rd Quarter Student Report – ARPA (pdf)

2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)

On December 27, 2020, St. Ambrose University (University) was awarded funding under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) in the amount of $3,163,850.

As required by CRRSAA, $1,027,466 of the funds received by the University must be used for the sole and exclusive purpose of providing financial aid grants to students. Financial aid grants to students may 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 care) or child care. The University has used, and intends to use these funds for this purpose.

As of June 30, 2021, the University has distributed $1,027,466 of financial aid grants (HEERF II) to 680 students.

Students eligible for these financial aid grants must have exceptional financial need. The University defined exceptional financial need as students who are eligible for a Pell grant, but did not limit awards to just Pell grant recipients. As of June 30, 2021, the number of students eligible for a Pell grant at the University equaled 2,182.

The method used by the University to allocate these funds included the following criteria:

• Initial awards went to Pell Grant recipients as our highest need students being impacted by COVID-19.
• The Pell range was divided in thirds, with an EFC of zero to 1,899 EFC receiving $2,000, an EFC from 1,900 - 3,760 receiving $1,500 and an EFC of 3,761-5,658 receiving $1,000.
• The remainder of the funds were awarded based on student requests.
• Independent students with exceptional need were awarded a maximum grant of $2,500.
• Undergraduate students with exceptional need were awarded a maximum grant of $1,200.

A COVID-19 webpage was created and updated with developments happening on campus. The link to the request form noted above was located on this page. The availability of these funds was communicated to students via email.

Copies of the messages sent to students are as follows:

Dear Student,
This past week, St. Ambrose University received notification from the Department of Education that we will receive an allocation of approximately $2.1 million from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. By law, one half of this money must be used to help students deal with emergent financial needs and expenses related to the coronavirus (including eligible expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, including mental health, and child care). The other half may be used for various qualified purposes at the discretion of the University.

The guidance for distribution received is slightly different from that of the CAREs Act relief funds received previously. We are being instructed to prioritize a majority of the funds for our highest need students, those who receive the Federal Pell Grant. If you are Pell Grant recipient, you do not need to complete the request form discussed below.

If you are experiencing a hardship related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we would like to direct you to the Coronavirus Response and Relief Fund Request Form .
You can also log on to the COVID information page at https://www.sau.edu/covid19 for more information. A link to the form is also located there.

Funds will vary by student and will average between $100 and $1200 as the University seeks to address each student's individual situation. Therefore, students will receive notification of their eligibility as soon as possible. If funded, you will receive a disbursement within two weeks from the date the university receives the allocation. Requested funding is not guaranteed. If you do not receive a notice of eligibility email within 14 days, you can assume that funds were exhausted.

If you do not have direct deposit established with the University there is still time to set it up. Doing so assures that you will receive this funding at the earliest possible date. If direct deposit is not initiated prior to your request being approved, we may not be able to issue your funding via direct deposit and a check will be printed and mailed to you.
Instructions on how to set up direct deposit can be found on the Student Account Services webpage directly below the posted office hour's section.

Student Account Services http://www.sau.edu/student-accounts
Portal Login: https://mysau.sau.edu/my.policy

Due to the volume of requests anticipated, please do not respond to this email. Please direct questions to Bee Central at 563-333-5775 or to BeeCentral@sau.edu .

We hope you are staying safe and were able to successfully complete the fall semester. We value you as an Ambrosian and will do all we can to make your time at St. Ambrose a life-enriching experience. Please stay safe and well.

St. Ambrose University Financial Aid Office

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Dear Student,
This past week, St. Ambrose University received notification from the Department of Education that we will receive an allocation of approximately $2.1 million from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. By law, one half of this money must be used to help students deal with emergent financial needs and expenses related to the coronavirus (including eligible expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, including mental health, and child care). The other half may be used for various qualified purposes at the discretion of the University.

The guidance for distribution received is slightly different from that of the CAREs Act relief funds received previously. We are being instructed to prioritize a majority of the funds for our highest need students, those who receive the Federal Pell Grant.

If you are receiving this email, you are a current Federal Pell Grant recipient and the amount you have been awarded is $xxxx.xx. If you currently have an outstanding balance with the University, or are restricted from registering for the spring term, you can authorize us to apply these funds to your student account. To do this, you must click on the link in this email, which will take you to the authorization form. If you do not have an outstanding balance due, or would like the grant refunded to you, you do not need to complete the authorization form. Funds will be disbursed to you within two weeks from the date the university receives the disbursement.

If you do not have direct deposit established with the University there is still time to set it up. Doing so assures that you will receive this funding at the earliest possible date. If direct deposit is not initiated prior to your request being approved, we may not be able to issue your funding via direct deposit and a check will be printed and mailed to you.
Instructions on how to set up direct deposit can be found on the Student Account Services webpage directly below the posted office hour's section.

Student Account Services http://www.sau.edu/student-accounts
Portal Login: https://mysau.sau.edu/my.policy

Authorization Form: https://sau.wufoo.com/forms/x1efgj7q0m926kz/

Due to the volume of requests anticipated, please do not respond to this email. Please direct questions to Bee Central at 563-333-5775 or to BeeCentral@sau.edu .

We hope you are staying safe and were able to successfully complete the fall semester. We value you as an Ambrosian and will do all we can to make your time at St. Ambrose a life-enriching experience. Please stay safe and well.

St. Ambrose University Financial Aid Office

2020 CARES Act Reporting

The updates in this section are in chronological order.


On April 13, 2020, St. Ambrose University (University) signed and submitted to the United States Department of Education the Recipient's Funding Certification and Agreement, Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

As required by Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, 50% of the funds received by the University must be used for the sole and exclusive purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

Examples of these expenses would include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses. The University has used, and intends to use in the future, no less than 50% of these funds for this purpose. The amount received by the University for this purpose equals $1,027,466.

May 12 – Relief Fund Documentation

On April 13, 2020, St. Ambrose University (University) signed and submitted to the United States Department of Education the Recipient's Funding Certification and Agreement, Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

As required by Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, 50% of the funds received by the University must be used for the sole and exclusive purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

Examples of these expenses would include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses. The University has used, and intends to use in the future, no less than 50% of these funds for this purpose. The amount received by the University for this purpose equals $1,027,466.

As of May 13, 2020, the University has distributed $575,764 of emergency financial aid grants to 538 students.

Students eligible for these emergency financial aid grants must also be eligible to participate in programs under section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. As of May 13, 2020, the number of students eligible to participate under these programs at the University equals 2,182.

The method used by the University to allocate these funds included the following criteria:

• Initial awards went to Pell Grant recipients as our highest need students being impacted by COVID-19.
• The Pell range was divided in half, with an EFC of zero to 2,787 EFC receiving $1,200 and an EFC of 2,788-5,576 receiving $600.
• The remainder of the funds will be awarded based on student requests.
• Independent students with expenses related to COVID-19 will be awarded a maximum grant of $2,500.
• Undergraduate students with expenses related to COVID-19 will be awarded a maximum grant of $1,200.
• If funds remain after all requests are reviewed, students can request an additional reimbursement.

A COVID-19 webpage was created and updated with developments happening on campus. The link to the request form noted above was located on this page. The availability of these funds was communicated to students via email. A copy of the message sent to students is as follows:

Dear Student,

This past week, St. Ambrose University received an allocation of $2.05 million from the U.S. Department of Education as a result of Congressional action. By law, one half of this money must be used to help students deal with emergent financial needs and expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). The other half may be used for various qualified purposes at the discretion of the University.

If you are experiencing a hardship related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, AND, you are eligible for Title IV Federal Aid (determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA), we would like to direct you to the CARES Act Relief Fund Request Form .
You can also log on to the COVID information page at: https://www.sau.edu/covid19 for more information. A link to the form is also located there.

IMPORTANT: You must be eligible for Title IV Federal student aid to qualify for assistance. If you have not filed a FAFSA for the 19-20 academic year, you can do that now at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa The application is open until June 30th for the 19-20 academic year. You are not required to accept federal aid, but this will be used to determine your eligibility for relief grant funding.

Funds will vary by student as the University seeks to address each student's individual situation. Therefore, students will receive notification of their eligibility as soon as possible, but please allow at least five business days for a response. Funding is not guaranteed.

If you do not have direct deposit established with the University there is still time to set it up. Doing so assures that you will receive this funding at the earliest possible date. If direct deposit is not set up prior to your request being approved, we may not be able to issue your funding via direct deposit and a check will be printed and mailed to you.

Instructions on how to set up direct deposit can be found on the Student Account Services webpage directly below the posted office hours section.

Student Account Services http://www.sau.edu/student-accounts
Portal Login: https://mysau.sau.edu

Due to the volume of requests anticipated, please do not respond to this email. Please direct questions to Bee Central at 563-333-5775 or to BeeCentral@sau.edu.

We hope you are staying safe and were able to successfully complete the spring semester through distance learning. We value you as an Ambrosian and will do all we can to make your time at St. Ambrose a life-enriching experience as soon as we safely can reopen the campus. Please stay safe and well. We look forward to seeing you soon.

St. Ambrose University Financial Aid Office

June 3, 2020 – CARES Act Update

June 3, 2020 Update –All CARES Act Relief Funds the University received have been depeleted.

For more information on the CARES Act, please visit the federal student aid page.


As of May 13, 2020, the University has distributed $575,764 of emergency financial aid grants to 538 students.

Students eligible for these emergency financial aid grants must also be eligible to participate in programs under section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

As of May 13, 2020, the number of students eligible to participate under these programs at the University equals 2,182.

The method used by the University to allocate these funds included the following criteria:

• Initial awards went to Pell Grant recipients as our highest need students being impacted by COVID-19.
• The Pell range was divided in half, with an EFC of zero to 2,787 EFC receiving $1,200 and an EFC of 2,788-5,576 receiving $600.
• The remainder of the funds will be awarded based on student requests.
• Independent students with expenses related to COVID-19 will be awarded a maximum grant of $2,500.
• Undergraduate students with expenses related to COVID-19 will be awarded a maximum grant of $1,200.
• If funds remain after all requests are reviewed, students can request an additional reimbursement.

June 26 – CARES Act Update

As of June 26, 2020, the University has distributed $1,027,466 of emergency financial aid grants to 967 students.

Students eligible for these emergency financial aid grants must also be eligible to participate in programs under section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. As of June 26, 2020, the number of students eligible to participate under these programs at the University equals 2,182.

The method used by the University to allocate these funds included the following criteria:

• Initial awards went to Pell Grant recipients as our highest need students being impacted by COVID-19.
• The Pell range was divided in half, with an EFC of zero to 2,787 EFC receiving $1,200 and an EFC of 2,788-5,576 receiving $600.
• The remainder of the funds will be awarded based on student requests.
• Independent students with expenses related to COVID-19 will be awarded a maximum grant of $2,500.
• Undergraduate students with expenses related to COVID-19 will be awarded a maximum grant of $1,200.
• If funds remain after all requests are reviewed, students can request an additional reimbursement.

A COVID-19 webpage was created and updated with developments happening on campus. The link to the request form noted above was located on this page. The availability of these funds was communicated to students via email. A copy of the message sent to students is as follows:

Dear Student,

This past week, St. Ambrose University received an allocation of $2.05 million from the U.S. Department of Education as a result of Congressional action. By law, one half of this money must be used to help students deal with emergent financial needs and expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). The other half may be used for various qualified purposes at the discretion of the University.

If you are experiencing a hardship related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, AND, you are eligible for Title IV Federal Aid (determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA), we would like to direct you to the CARES Act Relief Fund Request Form. You can also visit the COVID information page for more information. A link to the form is also located there.

IMPORTANT: You must be eligible for Title IV Federal student aid to qualify for assistance. If you have not filed a FAFSA for the 19-20 academic year, you can do that now at the FAFSA website. The application is open until June 30th for the 19-20 academic year. You are not required to accept federal aid, but this will be used to determine your eligibility for relief grant funding.

Funds will vary by student as the University seeks to address each student's individual situation. Therefore, students will receive notification of their eligibility as soon as possible, but please allow at least five business days for a response. Funding is not guaranteed.

If you do not have direct deposit established with the University there is still time to set it up. Doing so assures that you will receive this funding at the earliest possible date. If direct deposit is not set up prior to your request being approved, we may not be able to issue your funding via direct deposit and a check will be printed and mailed to you.
Instructions on how to set up direct deposit can be found on the Student Account Services webpage directly below the posted office hours section.

Student Account Services
MySAU Portal Login

Due to the volume of requests anticipated, please do not respond to this email. Please direct questions to Bee Central at 563-333-5775 or to BeeCentral@sau.edu.

We hope you are staying safe and were able to successfully complete the spring semester through distance learning. We value you as an Ambrosian and will do all we can to make your time at St. Ambrose a life-enriching experience as soon as we safely can reopen the campus. Please stay safe and well. We look forward to seeing you soon.

St. Ambrose University Financial Aid Office

Sept. 15 – CARES Act Update

In late July, 2020, St. Ambrose University received an additional allocation of $102,855 from the U.S. Department of Education as a result of Section 18004(a)(2) of the CARES Act. St. Ambrose University qualified by application to the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP). By law, one half of this money must be used to help students deal with emergent financial needs and expenses related to the Coronavirus pandemic (including eligible expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). The other half may be used for various qualified purposes at the discretion of the University.

As of August 17, 2020, the University has distributed a total of $1,079,513.00 of emergency financial aid grants to 1026 students.

Students eligible for these emergency financial aid grants must also have been eligible to participate in programs under section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. As of June 26, 2020, the number of students eligible to participate under these programs at the University equaled 2,182.

The method used by the University to allocate these funds included the following criteria:

• Initial awards went to Pell Grant recipients as our highest need students being impacted by COVID-19.
• The Pell range was divided in half, with an EFC of zero to 2,787 EFC receiving $1,200 and an EFC of 2,788-5,576 receiving $600.
• The remainder of the funds were awarded based on student requests.
• Independent students with expenses related to COVID-19 were awarded a maximum grant of $2,500.
• Undergraduate students with expenses related to COVID-19 were awarded a maximum grant of $1,200.
• If funds remained after all requests were reviewed, students could request an additional reimbursement.

A COVID-19 webpage was created and updated with developments happening on campus. The link to the request form noted above was located on this page. The availability of these funds was communicated to students via email. A copy of the message sent to students is as follows:

Dear Student,

This past week, St. Ambrose University received an allocation of $2.05 million from the U.S. Department of Education as a result of Congressional action. By law, one half of this money must be used to help students deal with emergent financial needs and expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). The other half may be used for various qualified purposes at the discretion of the University.

If you are experiencing a hardship related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, AND, you are eligible for Title IV Federal Aid (determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA), we would like to direct you to the CARES Act Relief Fund Request Form .
You can also log on to the COVID information page at: https://www.sau.edu/covid19 for more information. A link to the form is also located there.

IMPORTANT: You must be eligible for Title IV Federal student aid to qualify for assistance. If you have not filed a FAFSA for the 19-20 academic year, you can do that now at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa The application is open until June 30th for the 19-20 academic year. You are not required to accept federal aid, but this will be used to determine your eligibility for relief grant funding.

Funds will vary by student as the University seeks to address each student's individual situation. Therefore, students will receive notification of their eligibility as soon as possible, but please allow at least five business days for a response. Funding is not guaranteed.

If you do not have direct deposit established with the University there is still time to set it up. Doing so assures that you will receive this funding at the earliest possible date. If direct deposit is not set up prior to your request being approved, we may not be able to issue your funding via direct deposit and a check will be printed and mailed to you.
Instructions on how to set up direct deposit can be found on the Student Account Services webpage directly below the posted office hours section.

Student Account Services http://www.sau.edu/student-accounts
Portal Login: https://mysau.sau.edu/my.policy

Due to the volume of requests anticipated, please do not respond to this email. Please direct questions to Bee Central at 563-333-5775 or to BeeCentral@sau.edu .

We hope you are staying safe and were able to successfully complete the spring semester through distance learning. We value you as an Ambrosian and will do all we can to make your time at St. Ambrose a life-enriching experience as soon as we safely can reopen the campus. Please stay safe and well. We look forward to seeing you soon.

St. Ambrose University Financial Aid Office


2ND NOTICE OF ADDITIONAL SIP FUNDS

Dear Student,
This past week, St. Ambrose University received an additional allocation of $102,855 from the U.S. Department of Education as a result of Section 18004(a)(2) of the CARES Act. St. Ambrose University qualified by application to the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP). By law, one half of this money must be used to help students deal with emergent financial needs and expenses related to the Coronavirus pandemic (including eligible expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). The other half may be used for various qualified purposes at the discretion of the University.

If you are experiencing a hardship related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, AND, you are eligible for Title IV Federal Aid (normally determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA), we would like to direct you to the CARES Act Relief Fund Request Form .
You can also log on to the COVID information page at: https://www.sau.edu/covid19 for more information. A link to the form is also located there.

IMPORTANT: You must be eligible for Title IV Federal student aid to qualify for assistance. If you had not filed a FAFSA for the 19-20 academic year, or for the upcoming 20-21 year, you can do the 20-21 FAFSA now at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa The application is open until June 30th , 2021 for the 20-21 academic year. You are not required to accept federal aid, but this will be used to determine your eligibility for relief grant funding.

Funds will vary by student as the University seeks to address each student's individual situation. Therefore, students will receive notification of their eligibility as soon as possible, but please allow at least 15 business days for a response. Funding is not guaranteed.

If you do not have direct deposit established with the University there is still time to set it up. Doing so assures that you will receive this funding at the earliest possible date. If direct deposit is not set up prior to your request being approved, we may not be able to issue your funding via direct deposit and a check will be printed and mailed to you.
Instructions on how to set up direct deposit can be found on the Student Account Services webpage directly below the posted office hours section.

Student Account Services http://www.sau.edu/student-accounts
Portal Login: https://mysau.sau.edu/my.policy

Due to the volume of requests anticipated, please do not respond to this email. Please direct questions to Bee Central at 563-333-5775 or to BeeCentral@sau.edu .

St. Ambrose University Financial Aid Office

2020-21 Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reports – CARES Act

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reports for the CARES Act

Jan. 10, 2021 (pdf)

Sept. 20, 2020 (pdf)

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