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CARES Act - Student Aid

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund - Student Aid

 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-IHE/Student Aid provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet.

Frederick Community College (FCC) provides periodic reports for 1) The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund - Student Aid and 2) The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-Institutional Portion. Reporting periods follow regular intervals determined by the United States Federal Government.

 

REPORT: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund - Student Aid

45-Day Report for the Period April 25, 2020 – July 7, 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.”

This page describes the use of HEERF funds received by Frederick Community College under Award Number P425E202788.

ARCHIVED REPORTS
April 25, 2020 - May 24, 2020

CERTIFICATION
Frederick Community College signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and 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.

FUNDING
Frederick Community College has been allocated a total of $1,851,890 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the HEERF. Frederick Community College has received $925,945 from the U.S. Department of Education pursuant to the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. The total cost of providing direct aid to Frederick Community College students is $925,945, 100% of which is funded by the above referenced grant award from the U.S. Department of Education’s Education Stabilization Fund.

EMERGENCY FINANCIAL AID GRANTS DISTRIBUTED
As of June 30, 2020, a total of $90,700 in Emergency Financial Aid grants have been distributed to 146 students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

STUDENTS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE EMERGENCY FINANCIAL AID GRANTS
The estimated total number of students at Frederick Community College who are 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 is 1,369.

METHODOLOGY
The following methodology was used to determine which students received Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

All students who a) have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); b) were enrolled in one or more face-to-face classes in Spring 2020; and c) have been determined by Frederick Community College to meet eligibility criteria outlined by the U.S. Department of Education will receive a request to confirm they have incurred additional expenses related to the disruption to campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tiers representing students’ eligibility for Federal Pell grants and Expected Family Contribution (EFC) were used to determine Emergency Financial Aid grant award amounts for students who confirm they have incurred additional expenses related to the disruption to campus operations will receive.

 

Tier EFC Pell-eligible Award for Spring 2020
1 0 Yes $800
2 1 - 500 Yes $650
3 501 - 1000 Yes $500
4 > 1000  Yes $350
5 < 10000 No $200

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED TO STUDENTS
On May 24, 2020, Frederick Community College established a webpage (https://www.frederick.edu/cost-financial-aid/cares-act.aspx) to report on CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students and inform students and the community. This webpage includes a list of Frequently Asked Questions. On June 30, 2020 the webpage was revised to include information and a report on Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund – Institutional Portion funding.

Students who were determined eligible for Emergency Financial Aid grants were sent an email to their College email address (myFCC) with brief instructions and a link to an online form. Students were asked to complete the form and confirm whether they had incurred additional expenses as a result of the disruption to campus operations during the Coronavirus pandemic. An email message also was sent to students’ personal email address on file directing them to check their myFCC email for an important message from the College. Additionally, a note was added within the student information system’s financial aid checklist item and an automated call was made to eligible students directing them to check their myFCC email. Students who completed the online form confirming they incurred additional expenses as a result of the disruption to campus operations were informed via email when their Emergency Financial Aid grant had been awarded. Email communications sent to students’ myFCC email account included an email address and phone number to use for questions or assistance.

 

 

*This report was posted to the Frederick Community College website on July 7, 2020 and reflects activity from April 25 – June 30, 2020. No activity occurred from July 1 – July 7, 2020.

 

 

CARES Act FAQs


What is the CARES Act/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provided by the federal government?
 

When will the CARES Act/Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds be available?
 

Who is eligible for the CARES Act/Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds?
 

What is a CARES ACT Emergency Assistance Grant?
 

Why didn’t I receive a CARES Act Emergency Assistance Grant from FCC?
 

What emergency relief funds are available for undocumented students?
 

What emergency relief funds are available for International students?
 

Will there be CARES Act emergency aid funding for 2020-2021?