CARES Act

CARES Act

            Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – Section 18004

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting

Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

 

1)    Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools signed and returned the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to the Department on May 19, 2020.  Approval of the Certification and Agreement was received from the Department on May 21, 2020.  Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools has agreed 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.

 

2)    The total allocation of $133,125 is available to Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools under Section 18004(a)(1), and 50%, or $66,563, of the total allocation is for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.  Pursuant to the Certification and Agreement for $66,563 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students, Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools has received $24,750.

 

3)    The total amount distributed in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is $24,750 as of June 18, 2020.

 

4)    Fifty-two students at the institution were 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 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. 

 

5)    A total of 24 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

 

6)    The institution initially identified all students actively enrolled in a program as of March 13, 2020, that transitioned from on-site learning to distance learning as eligible for Emergency Financial Aid Grants.  After reviewing guidance issued by the Department on April 21, 2020, the institution concluded student recipients must be eligible for Title IV Federal Student Aid, in addition to the enrollment and on-site learning transition criteria.  Although CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students were allocated for food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare expenses, the institution determined technology as the only category students may have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations.  The institution identified four technology related subcategories students may have incurred expenses, and an appropriate amount associated with each subcategory was assigned by group consensus.  A student survey for technology related expenses was created and sent to all eligible students.  The student survey responses were used to calculate each student Emergency Financial Aid Grant distributed. 

 

7)    The institution contacted students without a current FAFSA on file and explained the opportunity for eligibility to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants by completing the FAFSA.  Students were informed the FAFSA was necessary to determine eligibility for the CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants, and not a request for Title IV funds.  Fifty-two eligible students received the survey for technology related expenses incurred due to the disruption of campus operations.

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