Cares Act

CARES Act

 

Franklin Technology Center

Emergency Student Grants Policy

 

Section 18004 (a)(1) CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I)

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act).  This Act created an education stimulus package that included a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I), which contained over $6 billion for postsecondary education emergency grants to students.  These students experienced a disruption of their education as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Franklin Technology Center (FTC) has completed, signed, and submitted the Department of Education Certification and Agreement and assures that FTC will use no less than 50% of the funds in accordance with Section 18004 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act providing the Higher Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) allocation, which will be used to make emergency grants to students.

FTC received $101,097.00 in emergency grant funds on May 28, 2020 for students’ expenses related to the disruption of campus operations and economic hardships due to the coronavirus.  Eligible expenses include costs for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

FTC will distribute to eligible students a total amount of $101,097.00 on June 4, 2020.  FTC has identified a total of 63 students eligible to receive funds; with 63 students receiving an emergency financial aid grant. Based on the number of eligible students enrolled at FTC, 36 students received $1,604.71 with 27 students receiving $1,604.72.

Determination of eligible students:

Must be enrolled in a certificate program on March 13, 2020.

Must have a FAFSA on file.

Must not be in loan default or have grant or loan over-payment status.

Must be currently making satisfactory academic progress at FTC.

Must be eligible to receive Title IV federal aid (determined by FAFSA).

Must have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

 

Students eligible for CARES Act funds received guidance, direction and instructions by letter mailed on June 4, 2020 along with their distribution check.  The letter contained the following information:

The Federal Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides a variety of financial support to individuals.  Franklin Technology Center received CARES Act funds to be distributed directly to our students that experienced financial challenges due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Franklin Technology Center is pleased to notify you that you are receiving CARES Act funds.  These funds are provided to help you cover expenses related to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.  These funds are not part of your financial aid award.

Franklin Technology Center, following all guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, is distributing funds to you as a qualifying student.  To qualify, you must currently be eligible for federal Title IV financial aid and must meet enrollment requirements as of March 13, 2020.

The funds have been processed by Franklin Technology Center.  Please find a check for your CARES Act distribution.

Contact our office at (417) 680-0004 or loriclouse@joplinschools.org with any questions.

 

 

Section 314 (a)(1) CRRSAA – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)

On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed the CRRSAA (Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act). This act is supplemental to the CARES Act.  Significant features of this act with regard to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II) emergency student grants are the expanded flexibilities regarding student eligibility extending to any balance existing as of December 27, 2020 of the HEERF I student emergency grant funds. 

FTC received $101,097.00 in emergency grant funds on January 20, 2021 for students’ expenses related to the disruption of campus operations and economic hardships due to the coronavirus.  Eligible expenses include costs for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

FTC distributed to eligible students a total amount of $72,800.00 as of June 30, 2021.  FTC received grant applications from 50 students.  FTC has identified a total of 50 student applicants eligible to receive funds.  Of the 50 students awarded, 21 received $1,800, 12 received $1,500 and 17 received $1,000.

Eligible Student Criteria

  • Student must be enrolled in an FTC full-time certificate program for the 2020-2021 Academic Year
  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Student must demonstrate need that is measured by the 2020-2021 FAFSA
  • Student must submit a CRRSAA Grant Application by June 30, 2021

     

    Eligible Student Awarding Criteria

    These funds are in addition to Federal Student Aid awards and will not affect FSA funding. 

    Students are allowed to have HEERF II – CRRSAA funds applied to their student account by signing and submitting an authorization form to do so.

    Students eligible for CRRSAA funds received guidance, direction and instructions by letter.  The letter contained the application along with the following information:

    The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) - Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II provides emergency funding to institutions of higher education to assist students in need during the coronavirus pandemic, similar to the CARES Act that passed last year.

    Per guidance from the federal government, these grants will be distributed to our students with exceptional need, which will be identified by the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    Franklin Technology Center has received HEERF II funding and established an award schedule to distribute grants ranging from $1,000 - $1,800 to eligible students.  These funds are to help cover expenses related to the cost of attendance (e.g., food, housing, utilities, health insurance, including mental health care, transportation, or child care) or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.

    • Funds from the HEERF II CRRSAA Grant are not considered financial aid and do not affect a student’s current or future financial aid eligibility.

     

    Eligible students will meet the following requirements:

    • You must be enrolled in an FTC full-time certificate program for the 2020-2021 academic year.
    • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
    • You must demonstrate need that is measured by the 2020-2021 FAFSA.
    • You must submit a CRRSAA Grant Application. (Enclosed) – Deadline for application is June 30, 2021.

     

    These are unprecedented and challenging times for you.  I know you find yourselves grappling with issues you never imagined, and I want to reassure you we are here to support you in your education and provide resources and flexibilities you need to continue your education.

    Students are required to sign an Agreement For Use of Funds. The Agreement For Use of Funds contained the following information:

    On December 27, 2020, the president signed into law the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), which provides more than $81 billion in emergency support to elementary, secondary and postsecondary education.  Over $21 billion of that total is allocated to higher education using a formula based on student enrollment.  Building on the structure of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of March, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has designated these additional higher education support funds under the CRRSAA as “HEERF II”.

    Each institution must provide students with emergency financial aid grants to assist those students that are in need during the coronavirus pandemic.  Per guidance from the federal government, these grants will be distributed to students with exceptional need, which will be identified by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Franklin Technology Center has developed a system and process for determining how to allocate these funds.  These funds must be used to cover expenses related to the cost of attendance (including eligible expenses under your cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care - including mental health care, and child care).

    By signing this form, you understand that these funds are only to be used for the purposes listed above.

    I have read, understand, and agree to the above information.

    Students are allowed to have HEERF II – CRRSAA funds applied to their student account by signing and submitting an authorization form to do so.  The Authorization to Apply HEERF II Funds to Student Account contained the following information:

    Funds provided in HEERF II under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) allow Franklin Technology Center to make available emergency grants to eligible students.  The HEERF II grants may be used for any component of your cost of attendance (tuition, fees, housing, food, health care – mental health care, and/or child care) or for emergency costs associated with the coronavirus pandemic.  While not required to receive these funds, students may elect to have HEERF II funds applied to their Student Account to reduce the balance owed for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • I am having difficulty paying my outstanding balance with Franklin Technology Center for the 2020-2021 academic year.  I am seeking assistance with the balance.  I request HEERF II funds be applied to my Franklin Technology Center Student Account.

     

    Section 2003 (a)(4) ARP – Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF III)

    On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the ARP (American Rescue Plan Act of 2021).  This act provides supplemental funding for emergency student grants under the CRRSAA framework (HEERF III).  Like HEERF II, HEERF III further expanded flexibilities regarding student eligibility and now defines eligible students as, “any individual who is or was enrolled at an eligible institution on or after March 13, 2020, the date of declaration of the national emergency due to the coronavirus.

    FTC received $228,733.00 in emergency grant funds on May 11, 2021 for students’ expenses related to the disruption of campus operations and economic hardships due to the coronavirus.  Eligible expenses include costs for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

    FTC distributed to eligible students a total amount of $ as of October 12, 2021.  FTC received grant applications from  students.  FTC has identified a total of  student applicants eligible to receive funds.  Of the  students awarded,  received $,  received $ and 17 received $.

    Eligible Student Criteria

  • Student must be enrolled in an FTC certificate program on or after March 13, 2020
  • Student did not drop prior to May 11, 2021 the date FTC received the supplemental award
  • Student may be a U. S. Citizen, Not a U.S. Citizen, or Eligible Non-Citizen
  • Student may have a FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid Office
  • Students who are not eligible to participate in Title IV, other methods to determine financial need will be used
  • Students with a 0 EFC are awarded $1,800
  • Students with an EFC greater than 0 but less than 5712 are awarded $1,500
  • Students with an EFC greater than 5711 are awarded $1,000

Eligible Student Awarding Criteria

  • Students with a 0 EFC are awarded $2,100
  • Students with an EFC greater than 0 but less than 5846 are awarded $1,800
  • Students with an EFC greater than 5846 are awarded $1,500

These funds are in addition to Federal Student Aid awards and will not affect FSA funding. 

Students are allowed to have HEERF III – ARP funds applied to their student account by signing and submitting an authorization form to do so.

Students eligible for ARP funds received guidance, direction and instructions by letter.  The letter contained the application along with the following information:

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) - Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III provides emergency funding to institutions of higher education to assist students in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Per guidance from the federal government, these grants will be distributed to our students with exceptional need, which will be identified by the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or other methods if student is not eligible to apply for Federal Student Aid (FSA).

Franklin Technology Center has received HEERF III funding and established an award schedule to distribute grants ranging from $1,500 - $2,100  to eligible students.  These funds are to help cover expenses related to the cost of attendance (e.g., food, housing, utilities, health insurance, including mental health care, transportation, or child care) or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.

  • Funds from the HEERF III ARP Grant are not considered financial aid and do not affect a student’s current or future financial aid eligibility.

Eligible students will meet the following requirements:

  • You must be enrolled in an FTC certificate program on or after March 13, 2020
  • You may be a U.S. Citizen, Not a U.S. Citizen, or Eligible Non-Citizen
  • You must demonstrate need that is measured by the 2021-2022 FAFSA or other methods if you are not eligible to apply for Federal Student Aid (FSA)
  • You must submit an ARP Grant Application. (Enclosed)

These are unprecedented and challenging times for you.  I know you find yourselves grappling with issues you never imagined, and I want to reassure you we are here to support you in your education and provide resources and flexibilities you need to continue your education.

Students are required to sign an Agreement For Use of Funds. The Agreement For Use of Funds contained the following information:

On March 11, 2021, the president signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), which provides supplemental funding in emergency support to elementary, secondary and postsecondary education.  Building on the structure of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of March, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has designated these additional higher education support funds under the ARP as “HEERF III”.

Each institution must provide students with emergency financial aid grants to assist those students that are in need during the coronavirus pandemic.  Per guidance from the federal government, these grants will be distributed to students with exceptional need, which will be identified by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Franklin Technology Center has developed a system and process for determining how to allocate these funds.  These funds must be used to cover expenses related to the cost of attendance (including eligible expenses under your cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care - including mental health care, and child care).

By signing this form, you understand that these funds are only to be used for the purposes listed above.

I have read, understand, and agree to the above information.

Students are allowed to have HEERF III – ARP funds applied to their student account by signing and submitting an authorization form to do so.  The Authorization to Apply HEERF III Funds to Student Account contained the following information:

Funds provided in HEERF III under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) allow Franklin Technology Center to make available emergency grants to eligible students.  The HEERF III grants may be used for any component of your cost of attendance (tuition, fees, housing, food, health care – mental health care, and/or child care) or for emergency costs associated with the coronavirus pandemic.  While not required to receive these funds, students may elect to have HEERF III funds applied to their Student Account to reduce the balance owed for the 2021-2022 academic year.

 

  • I am having difficulty paying my outstanding balance with Franklin Technology Center for the 2021-2022 academic year.  I am seeking assistance with the balance.  I request HEERF III funds be applied to my Franklin Technology Center Student Account.

 

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