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CARES Act – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
CARES Act – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students Required 30-day Report (6/4/2020)
On March 27, 2020, the President of the United States signed the CARES Act (H.R. 748), which provides emergency relief funds to organizations and individuals affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), found in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, provides funding to institutions of higher education “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.” The following information is provided by Delaware County Community College (DCCC) as required by the United States Department of Education (“ED”) in order to comply with the reporting requirements under the CARES Act. This is progress report presents information as of June 4, 2020. Additional reports will be provided updates every 45 days.
- 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. Delaware County Community College (DCCC) signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education on April 10, 2020 for the HEERF Funds for Emergency Financial Aid Grants. DCCC received its grant award notification dated May 4, 2020. In keeping with the terms of the certification, DCCC will use no less than 50% of the funds received, as stated under 18004(c) of the CARES Act, to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants directly to students.
- 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. Delaware County Community College will receive a total of $5,360,154 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, of which $2,680,077 is to be provided directly to students impacted by campus disruption due to the Covid-19 crisis.
- The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter). As of the date of this disclosure, Delaware County Community College’s Finance Office has disbursed $1,685,300.
- 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 thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Delaware County Community College estimates that approximately 4600 students could be eligible to participate in Federal Title IV Programs of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus may be eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
- The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. As of the date of this disclosure, the Delaware County Community College Treasurer’s Office has sent Emergency Financial Aid Grant disbursement checks to 4436 students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
- 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. Delaware County Community College decided to batch a $380 Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds disbursement to all DCCC students who were enrolled in on-campus classes as of March 13, 2020 and had demonstrated eligibility for federal Title IV funding by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
We notified these students that the funds would be credited to their accounts on May 14, 2020 and instructed them how to set up Direct Deposit. On May 15, 2020 we credited $380 to the eligible student accounts. On May 20, 2020 we put that amount into the accounts of the students who provided Direct Deposit information. Also on March 20, 2020 Treasurer’s Office personnel came into the College, despite the Governor’s shut down order, to print and mail paper checks to the students without bank account information.
On May 18, 2020 we sent an email to our students who did not receive a disbursement in our initial batch inviting them to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or a secure DocuSign Application which we purchased.
- Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. Emails were sent to enrolled eligible cohort on May 14, 2020, giving them information on the amount and timing of our Higher Education Emergency Relief Act Funds disbursement. A subsequent email went out May 18, 2020 inviting those that did not receive funds in the first cohort to apply to be considered for a disbursement.