CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
Initial (30-day) Report (May 26, 2020)

On April 21, 2020, Southeastern Community College 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.

On April 26, 2020, SCC received $577,529 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

SCC has distributed $53,161.47 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Approximately 840 SCC students are potentially 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. This number was determined by reviewing the students who had submitted a FAFSA and met all of the criteria under Section 484 in Title IV of the HEA of 1965.

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

SCC is using an online form for students to request an Emergency Financial Aid Grant. Students must indicate the types of expenses for which they are requesting assistance (technology, course materials, housing, relocation expenses, food, utilities, health care, childcare, miscellaneous) and the dollar amount they are requesting. The application also asks the student to attest that these expenses were related to the disruption to campus operations due to COVID-19. The Financial Aid Office will confirm that the applicant meets the eligibility requirements under Section 484 in Title IV of the HEA. An application review team will follow up on any requests that contain incomplete or unclear information. A limit of $1500 per student has been set; students who request more and are approved will initially be awarded an amount less than or up to the limit and will have their application set aside for future consideration if additional funding is available to provide for the remainder of their request.

Students who were determined to meet the Section 484 Title IV eligibility requirements were sent an e-mail from the Vice President of Student Services containing details on the availability of the Emergency Financial Aid Grants and information on how to access and submit the online request form. A follow-up text alert was also sent to this group of students. The application was made available on Hawknet and information was posted on the Canvas dashboard. Staff members from the Office of the Vice President of Student Services and from the Financial Aid Office are available via e-mail and phone for students to contact with questions. An FAQ page is currently under construction and will be posted online.

45-Day Report (July 10, 2020)

SCC has distributed $284,214 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

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

Additional outreach via e-mail and text was done to students who had graduated at the end of the spring semester to ensure that they were aware of the availability of funds. Students who submitted additional requests are having those requests filled up to the $1500 per student aggregate limit.

45-Day Report (August 24, 2020)

SCC has distributed $303,034 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

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

Q3 2020 Report (October 8, 2020)

SCC has distributed $330,591 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

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

Approximately 1,045 currently enrolled SCC students are now potentially 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. This number was determined by reviewing the students who had submitted a FAFSA and met all of the criteria under Section 484 in Title IV of the HEA of 1965.

The online application form is in the process of being revised and simplified. Once completed, it will be made available to students via Hawknet. Eligible students will receive targeted communication, including e-mails and text messages.

Q4 2020 Report (January 9, 2021)

SCC has distributed $521,198.87 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

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

During the Fall 2020 semester, approximately 1,045 SCC students were potentially 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. This number was determined by reviewing the students who had submitted a FAFSA and met all of the criteria under Section 484 in Title IV of the HEA of 1965.

These SCC students were notified of the continued availability of funds through an e-mail. The application form was made available to students on their Hawknet dashboard for them to request funds need as a result of expense incurred due to the disruption to campus operations as a result of the ongoing pandemic. 

Q1 2021 Report (April 9, 2021)

SCC has distributed $570,864.87 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

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

During the Fall 2020 semester, approximately 1,045 SCC students were potentially 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. This number was determined by reviewing the students who had submitted a FAFSA and met all of the criteria under Section 484 in Title IV of the HEA of 1965.

These SCC students were notified of the continued availability of funds through an e-mail. The application form was made available to students on their Hawknet dashboard for them to request funds need as a result of expense incurred due to the disruption to campus operations as a result of the ongoing pandemic. 

Q2 2021 Report (July 9, 2021)

SCC has distributed $577,529.03 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

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

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) which was signed in to law on December 27, 2020 provides funds to institutions of higher education. These emergency grants are used to assist with any component of the student’s costs of attendance or for emergency costs that arise do to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care or child care. 

SCC did not distribute any Emergency Financial Aid grants to students during the first quarter of 2021.  During the second quarter of 2021, SCC has distributed $192,635.87 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 315 students under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA).

During the Fall 2020 semester, approximately 1,045 SCC students were potentially 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. This number was determined by reviewing the students who had submitted a FAFSA and met all of the criteria under Section 484 in Title IV of the HEA of 1965.

These SCC students were notified of the continued availability of funds through an e-mail. The application form was made available to students on their Hawknet dashboard for them to request funds need as a result of expense incurred due to the disruption to campus operations as a result of the ongoing pandemic. 

Southeastern Community College has completed the necessary paperwork to receive federal funds through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. (HEERF) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. (CARES) 

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP) which was signed in to law on March 11, 2021 provides funds to institutions of higher education. These emergency grants are used to assist with any component of the student’s costs of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to the COVID -19 pandemic, such as tuition, food, housing, health care or child care. 

With the proclamation of the American Rescue Plan,Southeastern Community College was eligible to receive $2,354,421 in funding to award grants to students. One of our first decisions was determining that we wanted to provide this funding to enrolled students across several terms. Southeastern Community College developed a rubric for awarding HEERF III money to students for multiple terms of enrollment based on past enrollments dating back to Spring 2020 when the Coronavirus pandemic was officially declared.  Students were awarded HEERF III grants based on their enrollment status (full-time or part-time) and whether they were Pell-eligible or non-Pell eligible based on their expected family contribution as determined by the FAFSA data submitted.  To date, Southeastern Community College has awarded$2,206,675 in HEERF III to 7,541 students, including students enrolled in credit and non-credit programs.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion and 18004(a)(2)

Q3 2020 Report (Published October 29, 2020)

Q4 2020 Report (Published January 9, 2021, updated January 10, 2021)

Q1 2021 Report

Q2 2021 Report

Q3 2021 Report

 

 

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