CARES Act Update

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Halifax Community College acknowledges the College signed and returned to the Department of Education the College’s Certification and Agreement for emergency financial aid grants to Students under the CARES Act. This includes assurance that the College 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 College was funded $616,040 from the Department of Education pursuant to the College’s Certification of Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

As of May 15, 2020 the College has distributed $306,400 to students for “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus”.

The estimated total number of the College’s students eligible to participate in the programs under Section 484 in the Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 441.

  • As of May 15, 2020 the total number of students who received an emergency financial aid grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 383.
  • The method used by the College to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants, included all Title IV eligible students enrolled in one or more classes on or after March 13, 2020. The $800 award is for expenses including laptops, home computers, technology upgrades, monthly internet costs, and/or food needs off-campus.
  • 58 potentially eligible students were notified by email to complete a FAFSA so eligibility could be determined. Additional awards will be processed in June 2020 for additional students deemed eligible.

Halifax Community College will continue to reach out to students to determine needs and how to address those affected by this current pandemic.