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.
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:
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.
Student questions can be submitted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Our CARES Act Team will typically respond within two business days.
|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):||$1,892,400.67|
|Number of eligible students paid during disbursement #1:||2325|
|Number of eligible students to be paid during disbursement #2:||776|
|Total number of eligible students paid:||3101|
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.
|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*|
* This is the final quarterly posting covering all remaining HEERF fund expenditures for Section 18004(a)(1) Student Portion funds.
Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3).
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