CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (Student Aid/Institutional/FIPSE)
On April 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education announced funds made available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) would be distributed immediately to colleges and universities to provide direct emergency cash grants to students. Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”)), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the Act to submit (in a time and manner required by the Secretary) a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”).
On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education posted their reporting requirements for HEERF participating institutions. Each HEERF participating institution is responsible for providing this information in report format (the “30-day Fund Report”). In addition, these participating institutions are required to post the information listed below on the institution’s primary website. Accordingly, the following information will be easily accessible to the public and made available 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter.
NOTICE TO ENROLLED STUDENTS
Eligibility criteria to receive funding under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act follows the Federal Student Aid Basic Eligibility Criteria as listed below:
- demonstrate financial need (for most programs);
- be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen;
- have a valid Social Security number
- be registered with Selective Service, if you’re a male
- be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program;
- be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds;
- maintain satisfactory academic progress in college or career school;
- agree to the certification statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA®) form stating that
- you are not in default on a federal student loan,
- you do not owe money on a federal student grant, and
- you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes
- prove that you are qualified to obtain a college or career school education by
- having a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate;
- completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law (or—if state law does not require a homeschooled student to obtain a completion credential—completing a high school education in a homeschool setting that qualifies as an exemption from compulsory attendance requirements under state law); or
- enrolling in an eligible career pathway program and meeting one of the "ability-to-benefit" alternatives described below.
CiTi’s CARES Act: HEERF 30-day Fund Report
- An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or 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.
- CiTi has completed and submitted the Funding Certification Agreement on April 13, 2020. Fifty percent (50%) of funds received are allocated solely for direct student emergency assistance.
- The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
- The CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund has allocated CiTi funding in the amount of $125,152, of which 50% is allocated solely for direct student emergency assistance. On April 30, 2020, CiTi has received $62,576.
- The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
- CiTi has identified students that have transitioned from in class instruction to distance learning incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus and would receive a set amount of emergency funding as calculated by the institution. Students must also have filed a FAFSA, have a valid ISIR on file and be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Students must meet these conditions for consideration for CARES Act HEERF Funds.
- CiTi has identified 25 eligible students who are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
- At this time, 18 of the students eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act have received a total of $35,100 of CARES Act funds.
- Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
- CiTi will post information and updates regarding CARES Act HEERF funding on www.citiboces.org. Students who are eligible and have received emergency funding will be notified via email with the following information:
- The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27th, 2020. The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Below are two links to websites that provide answers to frequently asked questions about the emergency financial aid grants to students. The HEERF funding is not a financial aid award, it is emergency relief funding from the federal government that does not need to be repaid.
U.S. Department of Education: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/studentfaqs515.pdf
CiTi’s CARES Act: HEERF Fund Report update 7/14/2020
At this time, funds have been issued to students who were enrolled in a Title IV eligible program in March 2020. CiTi is holding the remaining funds and is prepared to disburse to students in the event CiTi must close its physical locations due to COVID-19 in the 2020-2021 school year.
- Since the previous report, the remaining 7 students who were eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act received funds.
- At this time, CiTi has distributed a total of $43,050 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
CiTi’s CARES Act: HEERF Fund Report update 8/28/2020
There have been no new disbursements since the previous update on 7/14/2020. As we prepare to return to in person instruction in the fall, CiTi continues to hold the remaining CARES funds allocated for direct student emergency assistance as we anticipate switching to a distance learning model if infection rates suddenly increase in the area.
CiTi’s CARES Act: HEERF Fund Report Update 10/12/2020
There have been no new disbursements since the previous update on 8/28/2020. Our Fall 2020 Medical Assisting, Nurse Assisting and Practical Nursing programs have started and CiTi continues to hold the remaining CARES funds allocated for direct student emergency assistance as we anticipate switching to a distance learning model should COVID-19 infection rates rapidly rise in our county.
CiTi’s CARES Act: HEERF Fund Report Update 1/5/2021
Covering time period of 10/1/2020 through 12/31/2020:
CiTi’s Dental Assisting program began on 10/26/2020 with in-person classes. Due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in our community, Health Occupations programs have made the switch to virtual learning. To assist our students with this transition, CiTi has disbursed CARES Act 18004(a)(1) Student Portion funds to 27 eligible students, totaling $19,526. With this disbursement, CiTi has depleted the Student Portion of the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds.
During this period, CiTi reimbursed itself for losses due to programs that were not able to run or had to run with reduced enrollment using funds from the 18004(a)(3) Institutional Portion of the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds. The funds allocated for these losses totaled $293,577. While CiTi’s losses exceed $293,577, we have reserved institutional funds for technological devices and services that may be needed for student success in the virtual learning environment.
Please review our CARES HEERF Quarterly Report January 2021 form below.