CARES Act Emergency Grant
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 $479,285, of that amount $239,643 was allocated to 245 students who met the requirements (see below) and 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.
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.
- Eligible for Title IV aid.
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.