CARES Act Reporting
As part of the U.S. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Barnard has been awarded a total of $1,712,643 in funding. Barnard will use at least 50% of these funds to provide emergency financial aid grants directly to students. Barnard will allocate these grants to its students in accordance with the CARES Act and all other applicable laws, including nondiscrimination laws. The CARES Act requires that we make the following information available to the public.
October 30, 2020
Please find our latest Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act.
October 10, 2020
- Barnard acknowledges that it has signed and returned to the Department of Education (“Department”) the Certification and Agreement and intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
- Barnard has received a total of $856,322 from the Department pursuant to its Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
- As of October 10, 2020, Barnard has distributed $770,400* in Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
- Barnard estimates that the total number of its students who are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 1,036.
- As of October 10, 2020, 667 students have received Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Barnard will continue to work with students in hardship situations and award the remaining $85,922 on a case-by-case basis until funds are exhausted.
- Barnard used the methods described below to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1). Barnard has elected to distribute grants to students with the highest financial need to help them cover their eligible expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. To date Barnard has distributed $126,000 of institutional funds for emergency grants to students who expressed the need for financial assistance by submitting an application to the College or contacting Barnard’s Financial Aid Office directly. The College has used CARES Act funds to reimburse itself for advancing the emergency grant funds. The amount of funds distributed in each case was necessary to either cover entirely or cover a portion of the eligible expenses identified by each student. Barnard distributed these funds in addition to the financial support it has given to students that is not reimbursable by CARES Act, including approximately $2,600,000 in Summer Work Exemption Grants. As of October 10, 2020, Barnard distributed $1,200 to every student whose annual family contribution for the 2019-2020 academic year was $20,000 or less - 537 students - for a total of $644,400. The College has used CARES Act funds to reimburse itself for advancing the emergency grant funds.
- Barnard has provided and will provide with its future distributions instructions, directions, or guidance to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants that explain that the funds are for eligible expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.
* In the update posted to this site on August 24, 2020 an error was made and it was reported that a total of $776,400, not $770,400, had been distributed to students leaving $79,922, not $85,922, to be distributed. Thus the reporting of the total amount distributed to students who had expressed the need for financial assistance is updated to $126,000 from $132,000.
Resources & Contacts
The College will continue to offer regular updates to ensure that the Barnard community is well-informed and supported amid the changing circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic. The messages and updates that have been sent to the Barnard community can be found on this site.
Additional information on the coronavirus pandemic can be found on the following websites:
- Columbia University’s Preparedness website
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus website
- The World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus website
- The New York State Department of Health Coronavirus website and the New York City Department of Health Coronavirus website
- NEW 10/5-COVID Alert NY,” a statewide contact tracing app. This does not replace Barnard’s (or Columbia’s) existing apps or procedures, but we wanted to make you aware of this additional app as an added layer in the efforts to trace and contact individuals who may have had exposure to COVID-19. New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware have similar apps available that use the same technology framework.
Should you need support, we encourage you to reach out to our campus resources.
- Access Barnard
- Class Deans
- Financial Aid
- Furman Counseling Center
- Residential Life
- Study Abroad
- Columbia University's Office of Religious Life Virtual Resources
- Columbia University's COVID-19 Resource Guide for Students
Emergency Funds for Faculty and Staff
Barnard College deeply values the people who make up its faculty and staff, as members of our community of care and as the engines behind our shared mission. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the College has taken a number of steps to provide extra support and assistance — professionally, and for the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of these colleagues and their families.
While most Barnard employees have continuing income and a measure of economic security, we recognize that the pandemic has also created genuine and acute financial hardships for some of our staff and faculty members. In response, the College has established two identical funds to provide emergency assistance grants to its employees and their families, for unexpected needs including basic living essentials such as household utilities, food insecurity, additional medical expenses, unforeseen child-care needs, unexpected housing burdens, and other unforeseen challenges. Staff members can review the eligibility information and submit an application through the mybarnard portal link under COVID-19 Information tab. Faculty seeking help should link to the Barnard faculty portal under the COVID-19 information tab.
Virtual Class Resources and Instructions
The Center for Engaged Pedagogy (CEP), Instructional Media and Technology Services (IMATS), Barnard College Information Technology (BCIT), and other partners on campus have created training materials and other assistance for both students and faculty, including the following resources.
- The CEP has provided Tips and Strategies for Online Learning to share best practices with students.
- The CEP is providing remote learning consultations in which faculty and students can receive assistance with Canvas, Zoom, and online learning. To access these consultations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- IMATS has provided Distance Learning Support resources related to Canvas, Zoom, computer hardware, and other instructional technologies.
- BCIT Student Computing is available virtually to help with specific computing needs, such as downloading software for your courses.
- The Empirical Reasoning Center (ERC) hosted virtual “walk-in” hours staffed by the ERC fellows. More information about the ERC can be found on their website.
- Barnard’s Class Deans are also available for any assistance.
Where Can I Go for Help?
Columbia Shuttle Information
Shuttle Service to Campus through Columbia Transportation
Columbia Transportation is providing commuter shuttle service by reservation for Barnard faculty, students and staff on weekdays during the fall term. Routes are focused on key areas within the outer boroughs and Manhattan with easy connections to commuter rail and park-and-ride locations. Students are now eligible to use the shuttle services as of October 5th.
In addition to the commuter shuttles this fall, the Intercampus Shuttle will be making stops at 96th Street throughout the day, offer a Manhattan East side route and Saturday service is available following the Red Line. Columbia also offers an on-demand Evening Shuttle, powered by Via, that runs between 4 p.m. and 4 a.m. each night. For those interested in using Via outside of the Evening Shuttle service, Columbia affiliates can use the code “CU2020” to unlock 20% off all private rides.
If you have questions or concerns regarding access to a computer or learning online, please reach out to Jennifer Rosales, Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Pedagogy, directly via email at email@example.com.
If you have data-related questions, please email the Empirical Reasoning Center (ERC) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have academic or other concerns, you are always welcome to reach out to your Class Deans, who are available for virtual appointments.
If you would like to set up a consultation on teaching and learning, please reach out to Jennifer Rosales, Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Pedagogy, directly via email at email@example.com.
If you have questions about instructional platforms, tools, or other technologies, please reach out to IMATS via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the Barnard resources listed at the top of the page, the Columbia University Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is holding Office Hours to help faculty with questions related to teaching remotely. More information and hours can be found on the CTL website.
A CTL Learning Designer has been assigned to work with Barnard faculty. They can assist with integrating technology into your teaching, CourseWorks (Canvas) course design, and a variety of other teaching and learning needs. More information can be found on the myBarnard portal.
Self-paced tutorials for online platforms can be found at the following links: