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CARES Act Emergency Assistance for Students

CARES Act Emergency Assistance for Students

Roane State Community College is preparing to disburse emergency student assistance provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act beginning the week of May 18, 2020.

The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released guidance related to CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) funding to higher education institutions to assist students with unmet expenses as a result of COVID-19. Funds must be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as:

Furthermore, USDOE guidelines require emergency grants only be distributed to students who are eligible to participate in federal Title IV aid programs. Students exclusively enrolled in online courses prior to March 13, 2020 are not eligible. In accordance with the HEERF Certification and Agreement signed and returned to the USDOE, the institution will 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.

Payment Methodology

Our institution determined funds would be allocated to the largest number of students possible due to impacts of COVID-19 related events Following Secretary of Education DeVos’s guidance, Pell eligible students received priority funding. However, based on our institution’s determined criteria, certain non-Pell eligible students were also considered eligible for funding.

Criteria for eligibility include:

Much of the funding is automatically disbursed to eligible students, but eligibility for students who did not file FAFSAs cannot yet be verified. We anticipate USDOE will release an option for these students to self-certify eligibility. However, affected students may elect to complete a 2019-2020 FAFSA at so eligibility can be determined. For more information regarding filing a FAFSA, see the Financial Aid FASFA page.

Disbursement Process

Any disbursed emergency grant funds will be released to students by either refund check or direct deposit, depending on if the student has an e-refund profile set up with the college. A payment is not necessarily a reflection of a student’s current student account balance, as these funds are disbursed directly to a student no matter if a current balance is owed to the institution.

Students determined eligible for HEERF payments will receive a confirmation email from Roane State.

Contact and Questions

Student questions can be submitted by logging in to RaiderNet, clicking on the alert found in the alert box and following the link on the webpage. Students should look for the alert in their account and follow the instructions provided to request additional information.

HEERF Payment Allocation Information

Category Number
Number of Title IV eligible students who may qualify for HEERF payments: 2433
Total amount of HEERF aid available for payments to students: $1,657,191.00
Total amount of HEERF aid paid to eligible students: $1,431,236.42
Total number of eligible students paid: 2326

Table is initially published no later than 30 days after the institution received HEERF funds and is updated every 45 days after. The table below provides these dates.

Event Date
Date Institution Submitted HEERF Certification and Agreement to USDOE: April 24, 2020
Date Information Originally Published Online: May 18, 2020
Website Updated (1st 45-day requirement):   
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