CARES ACT - HEERF GRANT

CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF, AND ECONOMIC SECURITY

(CARES) ACT

HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUNDS

The recently enacted federal CARES Act provides money to colleges and universities for emergency student grants. The purpose of the money is to award emergency funding to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.

IMPORTANT:The emergency funds are not intended to cover expenses NOT directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The following is a suggested list of expenses that can be considered for grant assistance if they were incurred in "direct relation to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus."

  • Food

  • Housing

  • Course materials—example: cost related to course moving to online

  • Other expenses related to cost of attendance—example: childcare, out-of-pocket medical expenses not covered by insurance

  • Technology-related expenses – example: purchasing a computer or internet service when courses were moved online

  • Transportation – example: cost related to returning from study abroad when the program was canceled or travel to/from campus when moving out of a residence hall.

Tuition is NOT considered a directly related expense from the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Only expenses related to disruption of an on-campus Spring term course you were enrolled in on March 13, 2020, will be considered for eligibility. Saline County Career Center cannot directly apply funding to account balances due. Awarded funds will be issued directly to qualifying students.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - CARES HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND

1. Why did I get this money?

The Department of Education has made CARES Act funds available to students who

incurred expenses due to the disruption of campus operations during COVID-19.

Eligible students have a 2019-2020 FAFSA on file and were enrolled in classes on March 13, 2020. Grants were given to these students as outlined in Phase 1.

2. I received my CARES Act grant. Does this mean my Saline County Career Center account balance has been paid off?

No. Distribution of the CARES Act grant is made directly to you and not applied towards your SCCC account. You may still have a balance. Please check your current account balance to determine what you may still owe. Any outstanding balance owed to SCCC will remain the responsibility of the student.

3. Can I use this money to pay off my SCCC account balance?

Yes. SCCC is not authorized to apply the CARES Act grant toward any outstanding

balances. However, once you receive your funds, you may choose to pay off your

outstanding SCCC balance.

4. Can SCCC just apply the funds to my account balance with my approval or permission?

No. Federal regulations stipulate that all CARES Act grants be given directly to the student. If you would like to pay off your SCCC account balance, please present the payment to the Business Office.

5. What are the eligible requirements to qualify for CARES Act Funding?

Students must meet all of the following criteria for eligibility:

  • Enrolled in Licensed Practical Nursing program on March 13, 2020.

  • Have incurred expenses as a result of the disruption to campus operations due to COVID-19 circumstances.

  • Title IV eligible

    • U.S. Citizenship or eligible noncitizen

    • Valid Social Security Number

    • Registration with Selective Service (if male)

    • High school diploma, GED or completion in approved homeschool setting

    • Must not be on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) suspension

    • Must not be in Default on any Federal Student Loans

  • To be eligible to receive a CARES Act grant, you must have a valid 2019-2020 FAFSA on file. This will be needed to determine your eligibility for the grant as well as the application if additional emergency funds become available. For those individuals who do not have a FAFSA on file, please go to https://fafsa.ed.gov and complete your FAFSA.

6. How much will I receive?

SCCC will be awarding an automatic higher education emergency relief grant to eligible students enrolled in the LPN program on March 13, 2020. No application will be needed for these funds. Students that have a FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid office and meet the eligibility requirements will receive the grant.

An email will be sent to your SCCC student email account with the date of when you can expect your payment. Students will receive a check through the SCCC Financial Aid office.

7.  Do I have to pay this money back?

No. Any funds from the CARES Act will not need to be repaid.

8.  Does the money count towards my financial aid package?

No. money from the CARES Act is not considered financial assistance under the federal statue, nor Department of Education regulations.

9.  Is money received from the CARES Act considered taxable income?

No. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that emergency grants under the CARES Act for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal REvenue Code. This grant is not included in your gross income.

10.  If I received money, but still have need due to the disruption of on-campus classes by Covid-19, can I get more money?

Possibly. Phase 2 of the SCCC distribution process will be an application-based funding request. If you have this need, please complete an Emergency Relief Request Application available by emailing the SCCC office bwalker@marshallowls.com. Applications will be reviewed after receipt and funds will be awarded based on expenses incurred and funds available. Please note that additional documentation and proof of expenses may be required.

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund is a grant with a finite amount set by the U.S. Department of Education. This is one-time funding for students and is non-renewable. Please be advised you may not receive funds you request. If an amount is granted, you will be notified by email. Award amount decisions are not appealable.

11.  Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Please email the CARE Grant Coordinator, Beth Walker with any questions about the grant at bwalker@marshallowls.com. 

US Department of Education Requirement

6/20/2020 Status

Additional Documentation

1. An 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.


Saline County Career Center signed and submitted the certification that we intended to use 50% of the funds for emergency grants to students.  This was completed on May 18, 2020 via the grants.gov website.

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

Saline County Career Center received a total of $26,445.00 through the Higher  Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) – student portion.

3. 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).

As of 6/20/2020, $26,445.00 has been disbursed to students.

  1. 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.

    As of the first date of disbursement (06/01/2020), there were 16 eligible students.

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

As of 6/20/2020, 16 students have received the HEERF funds.

  1. How the institution determined which students did or will receive emergency 

    financial aid grants and how much funding they did or will receive.

The Financial Aid Office verified that each student had a valid 2019-2020 ISIR with no C-Codes (making them eligible to receive Title IV). 


Students in Practical Nursing were offered a maximum of $1,652.81 to offset the expenses of distance education through summer 2020. After consideration of their personal expenses incurred by distance learning, students were given the option to:

a) accept the full amount offered

b) accept only a portion of the amount offered

c) decline any emergency relief funding

Each student was required to sign an acknowledgment that the funds would be used for acceptable expenses. Once signed, the money was disbursed by check.

After initial disbursements were made, students were offered the opportunity to apply for additional funding if their expenses exceeded the amount received.  Decisions were made based on need and funding available.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students 

    concerning the emergency financial aid grants.

FAQ

https://www.marshallschools.com/o/career-center/page/cares-act-heerf-grant--2

Student Qualification Letter

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_VhILQWGzDW706fAevfcmLCW-Ari7dDK/view?usp=sharing

Student Acknowledgement Form

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1U225cSfzYmPjn2xQVfoKFiRVrOXeSXdT8QrF6AdwBLE/edit?usp=sharing