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CARES Act Emergency Grant

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 $503,325, of that amount $239,643 was allocated to 244 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.

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA)

Northwest Kansas Technical College has received funding as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA) via the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). As required by law, a portion of these funds have been designated to be financial aid grants to students with financial needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Students eligible for this grant may request emergency funding by submitting a form; this form can be requested through Northwest Tech Financial Aid.   

 

It is important to note that these financial aid grants for students are intended for any component of the student’s cost of college attendance — or for emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus pandemic — such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.

 

HOW IS THE CARES FUNDING DIFFERENT FROM THE CRRSAA FUNDING?

CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund (HEERF) to assist enrolled students (excluding non-degree seeking students or those ineligible for Title IV aid) for expenses related to the disruption of on-campus operations due to the pandemic in Spring 2020. CARES funding to students has been fully exhausted. CRRSAA is a supplemental for HEERF to assist Spring 2021 enrolled students who have “exceptional need” with their account balance or with emergency costs that have directly resulted from Coronavirus.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR CRRSAA FUNDING?

Contact Northwest Tech Financial Aid in order to be sent a form, that will need to be filled out and submitted.

I RECEIVED A CHECK FROM THE CARES ACT GRANT IN SPRING 2020. WHY DIDN’T I RECEIVE A CHECK FROM THE CRRSAA GRANT IN SPRING 2021?

Because CARES in Spring 2020 was administered to assist students who were on-campus during the pandemic’s disruption to on-campus operations, all on-campus students at the time of the disruption were given some amount of CARES to assist with the sudden loss of on-campus services. On the other hand, CRRSAA is meant for those with “exceptional need,” and as such only those students with a Pell eligible EFC (EFC = expected family contribution as determined on your FAFSA) are eligible for an automatic CRRSAA grant. If you have a need that has arisen as a direct result of Coronavirus, please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

DO I HAVE TO REPORT TO THE SCHOOL WHAT I SPENT MY CRRSAA GRANT ON?

No. But, the expectation is that the CRRSAA grant will be used, if not as a financial aid grant for the student’s account balance, then as an emergency grant directly to student for emergency costs that have directly resulted from Coronavirus.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE CRRSAA FUNDING?

  • U.S. Citizens and permanent residents currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program at Northwest Tech.
  • Students must have a completed 2020-21 FAFSA on file with Northwest Kansas Technical College.
  • Students who have “exceptional need” with their account balance or with emergency costs that have directly resulted from Coronavirus.

WHAT EXPENSES CAN BE COVERED WITH CRRSAA FUNDING?

Grants awarded are intended to reduce financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, but in some instances, will not fully resolve or remove the financial burden. Examples of COVID-19 related expenses eligible for grant consideration include, but are not limited to: tuition, fees, books & supplies, housing, meals, travel, technology required for your academic program, medical costs, childcare costs, and personal expenses related to attending your academic program.

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