RE: Higher Education Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
Lorain County JVS Adult Career Center has applied for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. As part of the application for the Emergency Financial Aid, the district acknowledged, signed and returned to the US Department of Education a Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the district has used, or 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 Grants to students.
Lorain County JVS Adult Career Center received $35,237 under Section 18004 (a) (1) of the CARES Act for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
As of this date, Lorain County JVS Adult Career Center has disbursed $31,120.00. The amount of adult career center students that were eligible, as of this date, under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 was 26. All 26 students were notified of the grant opportunity via email and mail using the contact information we had for each student in our student database system. 11 students filled out and returned the application for emergency grant funding by the deadline.
The following guidance was given to students in regards to the application process:
Lorain County JVS Adult Career Center has allocated CARES Act grant funds to aid eligible students. An eligible student is any student whom had an active enrollment status in a financial aid eligible career development program as of March 16th, 2020 and has a 2019-2020 FAFSA that has incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the coronavirus. Additional, only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive CARES Act grant funds. Lorain County JVS Adult Career Center has the right to modify this amount at any time due to changes in your enrollment status or in the availability of CARES Act funding. CARES Act funds for students will be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. This includes, but is not limited to, eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care expenses.
This application is for emergency funding to assist students with unexpected expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Emergency assistance for allowable expenses will be provided in accordance with institutional policy and guidance from the US Department of Education. The emergency grant can be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the coronavirus such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.
Please provide the following:
- A detailed explanation regarding the current hardship you are experiencing related to the COVID-19 crisis.
- Amount of funding needed (not to exceed $3,000.00).
- Supporting documentation, if applicable.
- Sign and date application.
- All forms and documentation must by returned by Monday, October 26, 2020 to be eligible for emergency funding.
Students were asked to complete an application for the grant money which required a personal statement, signature and self-certification of incurred debt. All 11 students that applied by the application deadline were awarded the amount in which the student self-certified/requested. Students were required to sign for their check at the Lorain County JVS Adult Career Center office.
The following guidance was given to students in regards to getting the check of the student’s requested portion of the emergency grant disbursement:
Enclosed, please find a check for your allocated portion (based on the amount you have self-attested and requested on the application) of this emergency grant disbursement. These funds are NOT required to be repaid by you. These funds will be included on the IRS Form 1098-T that will be sent to your address on file with the Lorain County JVS Adult Career Center by January 31, 2021.