WVU, Marshall, others distribute CARES Act grants to students

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 23, 2020

Hamline University was awarded $1,285,114 by the U.S. Department of Education (Ed) in accordance with Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students. But the California community college system is suing the department, saying Congress didn't require the emergency grants to go to students who qualify for other aid, and that the interpretation excludes undocumented and other students. That resulted in grants totaling $692,915 distributed to 507 eligible students, the school said in a post on its website.

The table below presents the spring 2020 CARES Act EFC category ranges, anticipated number of students in each range to receive a grant, and range grant amounts. "They are committed to our mission throughout this crisis, which has been to ensure our Tech Family is healthy and safe and that our students continue to pursue their academic goals successfully".

Campus financial aid administrators have complained that the only way to tell if someone not already receiving student aid would qualify for the grants is if they have filled out Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms. The maximum amount awarded per student is $750 and awarding of funds will be made on a first-come-first-serve basis while funding is available. Results or requests for additional information will be communicated via Etrieve and/or to a student's Eagle Mail email address.

"The funding from the CARES Act was to help them with their emergent needs", Bennett said. It does not reduce, negate or replace financial aid.

Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland has collected almost $1.3 million through the CARES Act, resulting in student grants of more than $626,000, spokeswoman Lydia Guzman said.

The group also cited its January 2019 report on veteran student loan debt, which found that a higher proportion of undergraduate veterans at for-profit schools had federal student loan debt compared to other institutional sectors.

The survey involves clicking "yes" or "no" to indicate whether the student had COVID-19-related expenses, Dixon said. Students living in residence halls and with meal cards received the reimbursements. "Another allowable expense is if a student using the CTC Child Development Center is required to pay a higher fee for childcare services than that charged by the CTC". As of May 20, 2020, although no awards have been issued to date, more than 1,350 undergraduate and graduate students have applied for and been determined eligible to receive an award.

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