CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF, AND ECONOMIC SECURITY (CARES) ACT EMERGENCY FUNDS

Updated January 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.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3)

  1. Summer quarter 2020
  2. Fall quarter 2020

For the Institutional Portion - 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 FIPSE Portion - all of the allocated $156,195 has been spent as follows for:

  1. Campus safety and operations: $151,696
  2. Additional equipment and software to enable distance learning: $4,499

For the 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 December 31, 2020, $170,530, 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:

  1. Pell Eligible residential students who lived at home Spring Quarter: $1,700/student
  2. Pell Eligible commuter students as well as residential students who lived at JPCatholic's Student Apartments Spring Quarter: $850/student
  3. Title IV but not Pell Eligible residential students who lived at home Spring Quarter: $1,360/student
  4. Title IV but not Pell Eligible commuter students as well as residential students who lived at JPCatholic's Student Apartments Spring Quarter: $680/student

JPCatholic's guidance to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants is found at: Qualification for funding under CARES Act