CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
Initial (30-day) Report

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.

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