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CARES Act Emergency Grant

HEERF I - CARES

Northwest Kansas Technical College disbursed emergency financial aid grants to students under the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  At least half of the funds received had to be provided to students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

The CARES Act grant program was created to assist students in covering expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

The college received $239,643 which was allocated to 244 students who were impacted by the interruption of campus operations and the transition from on-campus to online instruction.

To be eligible to receive CARES Act funds, NWKTC students had to be enrolled in at least one on-campus class at the time of the college’s transition to all-online instruction.  NWKTC students also needed to be eligible to receive Title IV aid.  This eligibility is evaluated through completion of the FAFSA.

 

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Enrolled on/after March 13, 2020 attending course(s)
  • A degree-seeking student
  • Experienced expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

 Eligibility for Title IV aid, students must:

  • demonstrate financial need (except for certain loans).
  • have provided to NWKTC documentation of academic credentials such as a final high school graduation transcript, General Education Development (GED) certificate, college degree earned, etc.
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate.
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • have a valid social security number.
  • register with the Selective Service, if required.
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress during every academic term in which they are enrolled.
  • certify that they will use federal financial aid only for educational purposes.
  • certify that they are not in default on a federal student loan and/or owe money on an overpayment on a federal student grant.
  • not have reached their annual or lifetime Pell Eligibility Use.  Students may still be eligible for other types of federal student aid.
  • not have had their eligibility suspended or terminated due to a drug-related conviction.
  • not have reached their annual or lifetime Federal Family Education Loan Program or Federal Direct Loan Program aggregate limit.
  • be enrolled at least half-time for student loans.

HEERF II - CRRSAA

Northwest Kansas Technical College (NWKTC) disbursed emergency financial aid grants to students under the federal government’s Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA).  Institutions accepting CRRSAA funding must commit to providing a portion of the funds in the form of financial aid grants to students, which can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arose due to coronavirus.

The college received $239,643 which was allocated to 228 students who were impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

To be eligible to receive CRRSAA funds, NWKTC students had to be enrolled on/after February 20, 2021.  NWKTC students also needed to be eligible to receive Title IV aid by March 1, 2021.  This eligibility is evaluated through completion of the FAFSA.  Eligible students submitted a form through the Financial Aid office, where distribution of the funds took place.

 

Student eligibility criteria was determined by the recommended guidelines published by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department has since updated student eligibility criteria, applicable to all unspent HEERF funds.

 

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Enrolled on/after February 20, 2021 attending course(s)
  • A degree-seeking student
  • Experienced expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

 Eligibility for Title IV aid, students must:

  • demonstrate financial need (except for certain loans).
  • have provided to NWKTC documentation of academic credentials such as a final high school graduation transcript, General Education Development (GED) certificate, college degree earned, etc.
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate.
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • have a valid social security number.
  • register with the Selective Service, if required.
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress during every academic term in which they are enrolled.
  • certify that they will use federal financial aid only for educational purposes.
  • certify that they are not in default on a federal student loan and/or owe money on an overpayment on a federal student grant.
  • not have reached their annual or lifetime Pell Eligibility Use.  Students may still be eligible for other types of federal student aid.
  • not have had their eligibility suspended or terminated due to a drug-related conviction.
  • not have reached their annual or lifetime Federal Family Education Loan Program or Federal Direct Loan Program aggregate limit.
  • be enrolled at least half-time for student loans.

HEERF III - ARP

Northwest Kansas Technical College (NWKTC) disbursed emergency financial aid grants to students under the federal government’s America Rescue Plan (ARP).  Institutions accepting ARP funding must commit to providing a portion of the funds in the form of financial aid grants to students, which can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arose due to coronavirus.

The college received $755,506 which was allocated to 317 students who were impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

To be eligible to receive ARP funds, NWKTC students had to be enrolled by September 10, 2021.  NWKTC students also needed to be degree and/or certificate seeking.  Eligible students completed an Authorization Form in the Financial Aid office.  The funds were distributed by enrolled credit hours, shown in the table below:

 

12 Credits

$2546

289 students

9-11 Credits

$1273

11 students

6-8 Credits

$637

1 student

<6 Credits

$317

16 students

 

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Enrolled by September 10, 2021
  • A degree or certificate seeking student

Student eligibility criteria was determined by the recommended guidelines published by the U.S. Department of Education.

Students with Prior Account Balance

Northwest Kansas Technical College (NWKTC) identified students who were experiencing financial hardship, and unable to pay their student account balances from March 13, 2020 through August 9, 2021.  Student account balances created additional barriers for students by preventing future enrollment, withholding of transcripts, and potentially limiting the transfer of educational credits.

Students who were enrolled on/after March 13, 2020 who were experiencing financial hardship and were unable to pay their student account balances were granted a discharge of student debt. Grants were awarded up to the amount of the student’s prior account balance.  The discharge does not apply to any additional charges incurred for the Fall 2021 semester and after.  The amount discharged by NWKTC totaled to $142,023.93.

Students who held account balances between March 13, 2020 and August 6, 2021 were not required to submit an application.

Student Eligibility Criteria

  • Must have been enrolled during the Coronavirus Pandemic on/after March 13, 2020
  • Must have a prior student account balance (March 13, 2020 through August 6, 2021)

 

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