CARES Act/HEERF

2020 CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

 
Description

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, Institution of Higher Education/Student Aid program, provides funding to institutions of higher education to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by the Coronavirus/COVID-19, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet. The acronym CARES Act stands for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Students cannot apply for assistance directly from the U.S. Department of Education. Institutions like McDowell Tech are responsible for determining how grants will be distributed to students, how the amount of each student grant is calculated, and developing instructions or directions for students interested in applying for the grant.

McDowell Technical Community College has signed and returned a certification and agreement form to receive an allocation of these funds.  We will use the CARES Act HEERF funds to provide the mandated amount of $263,988 in emergency financial aid grants to students.

The Department of Education made these funds available to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. In these unusual and unprecedented times, we recognize that students may face unexpected challenges in reaching their educational goals and require short-term financial support to achieve success. Emergency grants are intended to help students meet urgent, basic needs such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare as the result of the coronavirus.

Eligibility Requirements For a Student To Receive a CARES Act HEERF Grant
Student must:
  • Have incurred expenses for new arrangements that had to be made due to the closure of college facilities--such as expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and/or childcare.
  • Have completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA, if attending college during the 2019-2020 academic year; or a 2020-2021 FAFSA if attending college during the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Be currently enrolled in an eligible degree, certificate or diploma program
  • Be maintaining satisfactory academic progress (SAP)
  • Not be enrolled exclusively in certain CERTIFICATE programs as of March 13, 2020 (A list of these programs is available from our Financial Aid Director.)
  • Complete a HEERF Grant application
  • Submit an application by Friday, May 15, 2020
 
Grant Funds Can Be Used For The Following Types Of Needs

This fund intends to provide emergency grants to help students meet urgent, basic needs such as:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Childcare

*Please note these funds can not be used to satisfy an outstanding account balance.*

Awarded Amounts

Eligible students award amount can range from $253 to a maximum of $1,200. Please see below for the awarding methodology.

EFC (Estimated Family Contribution)
Full Time 3/4 Time 1/2 Time Less Than 1/2 time
0-700                  1,200                     900                     700                        560
701-5576                     850                     650                     500                        400
5577-8500                     750                     560                     440                        350
8501+                     475                     380                     300                        253

 

The highest grant amounts are provided to eligible students who exhibit the highest financial need as determined from their financial aid application (FAFSA). Furthermore, emergency grant award amounts for students who are enrolled less than full time will be prorated accordingly. For example, students enrolled in 6 credit hours would receive less than half the amount that a full-time student would receive.

Disbursement of Funds

Funds will be disbursed according to the formula amounts shown in the table above.

Department of Education Reporting

The total number of students at McDowell Technical Community College who are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant:

EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) Full Time 3/4 Time 1/2 Time
Less Than
1/2 time
Total Students
0-700                       84                       49                       34                          33                                    200
701-5576                       26                       27                       19                            6                                      78
5577-8500                          7                         5                         6                            5                                      23
8501+                       12                       12                         6                            3                                      33
                                             334

 

 

The total number of students who will receive an emergency financial aid grant:

EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) Full Time 3/4 Time 1/2 Time
Less Than
1/2 time
Total Students
0-700                       84                       49                       34                          33                                    200
701-5576                       26                       27                       19                            6                                      78
5577-8500                          7                         5                         6                            5                                      23
8501+                       12                       12                         6                            3                                      33
                                             334

 

The total amount that will be distributed to students: $263,988.

Contact Information

Students who expect grants from the CARES Act/HEERF Funds may check their WebAdvisor account for information on expected refund amounts. For all other questions or inquiries, please email Kim Ledbetter, Director of Financial Aid, at kims@mcdowelltech.edu