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COVID-19 Update: Returning to Campus

Returning to Campus

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Northwest Tech will remain on campus and in person for classes for the 2021-2022 academic year. While we remain cognizant and alert to the status of the pandemic and the new Delta variant, we remain committed to returning to campus and traditional operations. 

We were one of the few colleges able to run completely on campus and in person for the entirety of the last school year, which we feel is critical for instruction in technical education. We learned, adapted, and adjusted to complete a very successful year. 

Throughout the coming academic year, we will adjust practices and precautions on campus as the need arises. We are looking forward to having students on campus and learning in our classrooms and labs!

 

COVID-19 Case Count

2021-2022 Academic Year

Goodland Campus

Students and Employees Tested

Students and Employees Testing Positive
(Active Cases)

Recovered Cases Report Date
0

0

0 7/27/2021

Quinter Location

Students and Employees Tested

Students and Employees Testing Positive
(Active Cases)

Recovered Cases Report Date
0

0

0 7/27/2021

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Operations

Is the college still operating? 

Yes! In fact, we never closed and successfully completed the 2020-2021 year fully face-to-face. We are looking forward to welcoming students to campus on August 9, 2021 for Orientation!

Masks, PPE and Vaccinations

Will I be required to wear a mask?

At this point, we are not requiring that masks be worn on campus. If we have an escalation of cases during the year, we do reserve the right to require masks in impacted programs if the situation warrant it.

Will we be required to practice social-distancing?

While social-distancing will not be required at this point, we reserve the right to implement it when situations arise where it is needed. We do recommend students and employees use good common sense and if cases begin to develop in our region, to maintain good practices to slow the spread of the virus.

What other sanitary practices are being taken?

We have installed hand sanitizing stations for every building on campus, and in multiple locations within each building. Additionally, we are utilizing surface cleaners recommended by the CDC to keep the campus as clean and safe as we can.

Am I going to be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19?

We are not requiring students or employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19, although we recommend a vaccine shot for those who wish to receive one. We have local resources through the Sherman County Health Department that we will connect you with where shots are available.

For students who are in allied health programs (Medical Assistant, Respiratory Therapy, CNA, CMA, etc), you may encounter clinical locations that require you to be vaccinated to conduct clinical rotations. Consult with your program instructor accordingly.

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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