HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUNDING
Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide some relief to students and colleges from the economic fallout related to the COVID-19 pandemic. One element of CARES Act funding is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). CARES Act emergency funds are for the sole purpose of providing emergency financial grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, such as housing, food, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare expenses
On April 22, 2020, KVCC signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification Agreement and the assurance that the institution 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 Aid Grants to students.
The purpose of this funding is to provide financial relief to students who have experienced added expenses as a result of the pandemic. The amount of HEERF funding that institutions received is primarily based on the number of high-need students enrolled at the institution.
The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is $489,848.00.
Beginning June 1, 2020, KVCC will disburse funds from the CARES Act under Section 18004(a)(1) with 1,171 students at KVCC eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
Students will be notified of the availability of emergency finds through the College’s email, the Student APP and also via text message.
Frequently Asked Questions:What is the CARES Act and where did the funding for the emergency grants come from?
The Coronavirus, Relief and Economic Security (CARE) act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. One aspect of the act was the creation of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). The Cares act provides funds to institutions for emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The total amount of funds that Kennebec Valley Community College will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students $489,847.00.
Because CARES Act emergency funds are federally funded, eligibility has been restricted by the U.S. Department of Education to students who have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and participate in the federal student aid programs.
To be eligible, a student must:
- KVCC has received an official 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
- Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at KVCC;
- Have a high school diploma, home school diploma, or GED;
- Be making satisfactory academic progress as determined by Financial Aid;
- Not owe a refund on a federal Title IV education grant;
- Not be in default on a federal Title IV education loan;
- Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or other eligible non-citizen;
- Not have fraudulently exceeded federal Title IV education loan limits;
- Be registered with the Selective Service if male and required to register;
- Have a valid Social Security Number;
- Not have a federal or state conviction for using or distributing illegal drugs while receiving federal Title IV education assistance
- Not enrolled exclusively in an online program as of March 13, 2020
Students will complete an Emergency Grant Request Form. The form is in the Student Information Portal. Applications will be reviewed bi-weekly. Upon meeting eligibility requirements, the amount of the emergency grant aid will be determined by a review of the request form (amount requested by the student and need for assistance as related to COVID-19) and the student’s expected family contribution. Funds will range from $250 to $1,000.
Checks will be mailed to the student’s home address as recorded in the College’s Student Information System.
Checks will be processed and mailed five (5) days following approval of the student’s application. Ineligible students will be notified in writing.
The amount of emergency grant aid will be connected to the student’s expected family contribution as determined by the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application of Federal Financial Aid).
We understand that students have significant financial needs during this time. These emergency grants are meant to help meet your financial needs, but we know the grants may not be enough money for many students. If you are having substantial financial difficulties, please reach out to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for information on other resources that may be available.