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CARES Act Emergency Assistance for Students

CARES Act Emergency Assistance for Students

Roane State Community College disbursed emergency student assistance provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act beginning the week of May 18, 2020. Later that same week, updated guidance from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) allowed for additional payments to a new population of students who were not eligible for the initial emergency aid payment. Those additional payments are expected to begin processing on June 3, 2020. This will be the final disbursement as all funds are now allocated.

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) funding to higher education institutions is meant 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:

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:

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 emailing Our CARES Act Team will typically respond within two business days.

HEERF Payment Allocation Information

Category Number
Number of Title IV eligible students who may qualify for HEERF payments (Disbursement #1): 2432
Total amount of HEERF aid available for payments to students (prior to updated USDOE guidance): $1,657,191.00
Total amount of HEERF aid paid to eligible students (including added funds under updated USDOE guidance): $1,902,061.94
Number of eligible students paid during disbursement #1: 2326
Number of eligible students to be paid during disbursement #2: 792
Total number of eligible students paid: 3118

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 with new information from USDOE: June 3, 2020
Website Updated (1st 45-day requirement):  June 30, 2020
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