CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF, AND ECONOMIC SECURITY (CARES) ACT EMERGENCY FUNDS
Updated April 10, 2021
Sections 18004(a)(1) and 18004(c) of the federal CARES Act, (March 27, 2020) allocated $171,903 to JPCatholic for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus and $171,903 to the institution to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.
Pursuant to Section 18004(a)(3) of the CARES Act, JPCatholic received $156,195 in Funds for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) to defray expenses incurred, including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff trainings, and payroll.
On 01/19/2021, the US Department of Education increased the HEERF (Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund) student emergency aid grant award portion in the amount $171,903.00 and increased the Institutional portion grant award in the amount $334,189.
The new CRRSAA grant funds were awarded pursuant to Section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Pub. L. 116-260, and are governed by Section 314 of CRRSAA.
Previous CARES ACT unliquidated (unspent) grant funds awarded previously pursuant to Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Pub. L. 116-136, pursuant to CRRSAA Section 314(d)(2), may be used consistent with the provisions of CRRSAA Section 314(c)(3) for obligations incurred on or after December 27, 2020, subject to the requirements in CRRSAA Section 314(d)(5).
Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3)
For the original CARES ACT HEERF-Institutional Portion: As of March 31, 2021, all of the allocated $171,903 have been spent as follows for the purchase of additional:
- instructional equipment (laboratory equipment and computers) $51,437
- equipment and software to enable distance learning: $120,466
For the original CARES ACT HEERF-FIPSE Portion: As of March 31, 2021, all of the allocated $156,195 has been spent as follows for:
- Campus safety and operations: $151,696
- Additional equipment and software to enable distance learning: $4,499
For the original CARES ACT HEERF - Emergency Student Grants Portion: The US Department of Education stated only students who are Title IV eligible can be awarded CARES Act Emergency funds. The emergency financial aid grants to students are intended for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. JPCatholic signed and returned to the Department of Education a Certification and Agreement, assuring that it will distribute the entirety of the funds as emergency financial grants to students in a way that prioritizes students with the greatest demonstrated need while ensuring the funds are distributed as widely as possible.
The estimated total number of students at JPCatholic eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was 190, of whom 80 are Pell eligible.
As of March 31, 2021, all of the $171,903 allocated, has been awarded to 168 students. Of the students who received the awards, 71 were Pell eligible and 97 non-Pell eligible. The distribution of these funds began on May 25th, 2020.
Eligible students in their application for the emergency grant funding are asked to certify that they incurred eligible expenses in the allowable categories such as food, housing, course materials, technology, transportation, health care, and child care. Further, they certify that these expenses incurred meet or exceed the amount of CARES funding that they qualify for.
The method used to determine how much of a cash grant a student receives is:
- Pell Eligible residential students who lived at home Spring Quarter: $1,700/student
- Pell Eligible commuter students as well as residential students who lived at JPCatholic's Student Apartments Spring Quarter: $850/student
- Title IV but not Pell Eligible residential students who lived at home Spring Quarter: $1,360/student
- Title IV but not Pell Eligible commuter students as well as residential students who lived at JPCatholic's Student Apartments Spring Quarter: $680/student
For the new CARES ACT HEERF - Emergency Student Grants Portion: As of March 31, 2021, $161,066 of the $171,903 awarded on 01/19/2021 was expended in emergency financial aid grants, has been awarded to 199 students. 254 students were deemed eligible. The method used to determine how much of a cash grant a student receives is: Students
- with “financial need” at or above $20,000: Award = $1,150
- with “financial need” between $10,000 - $19,999: Award = $800
- with “financial need” between $250 - $9,999: Award = $250
- otherwise, could apply for an award of up to $150
For the new CARES ACT HEERF-Institutional Portion: As of March 31, 2021, $71,283.64 of the allocated $334,189 has been spent as follows:
- Campus Safety and Operations: $53,436.73
- Purchase of Distance Learning Technology: $17,846.91
JPCatholic's guidance to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants is found at: Qualification for funding under CARES Act