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Coronavirus (COVID-19): The latest updates about USciences return to campus: The full plan for a phased return of employees and students:

CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund

CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Fund (HEERF) has been made available for USciences to help cover some of the unexpected expenses that students enrolled during Spring 2020 have experienced due to the Covid-19 disruption of campus operations.  Please apply here to submit documentation of expenses due to Covid-19:

CARES Act Application

U.S. Department of Education Required Information

Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants.

USciences students who completed a FAFSA and have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations are encouraged to apply for CARES Act HEERF funding using the link above. Note that applicants must submit documentation of their expenses to be considered for funding.

Acknowledgment that the institution signed and returned the certification and agreement form and that the institution has used, or intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students.

USciences has signed and returned the certification and agreement form, and intends to use the CARES Act HEERF Funding for emergency financial aid grants to students.

The total amount of funds that the institution will receive, or has received under the HEERF student portion.

USciences has been allocated $737,957 in CARES Act HEERF funding to award to students.

Of those funds, the total amount that has been distributed to students as of the date of reporting (i.e. the first 30-day deadline, and then every 45 days thereafter).

$693,745 has been awarded to students as of June 30, 2020.

The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant.

The application was emailed to 1,685 eligible USciences students on May 15, 2020.  

The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant.

762 students have been awarded CARES Act HEERF Grants as of June 30, 2020.

How the institution determined which students did, or will receive emergency financial aid grants and how much funding they did, or will receive.

USciences requests that students who have had eligible expenses apply for funding and submit documentation of the expenses through the online application (link on this page).  The preferred filing date is May 31, 2020.  Documentation will be validated, and preference will be given to students with the highest financial need.  Funding is not guaranteed to all applicants. Applications will be accepted after May 31, and funds may be awarded if funds are still available.

In addition, USciences will award a limited number of grants to the neediest eligible undergraduate students who have not applied but are eligible based on the 2019-20 FAFSA. By accepting this funding, students agree to use the HEERF Grant to defray the costs of expenses incurred due to the disruption of campus operations due to Covid-19.

The maximum total HEERF Grant is $4,500. 

The maximum amounts for each category of allowable funding are:

  • Housing: $3,000
  • Technology: $1,200
  • Internet Service: $200
  • Transportation: $1,000
  • Child Care:  $1,000
  • Health Care: $1,000



Financial Aid Office


University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Office Location:

Griffith Hall, Room 100