fbpx

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting: Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students 

Mitchell College 45-Day Report #3

September 9, 2020

Overview

Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the Act to submit (in a time and manner required by the Secretary) a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”).

On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, posted their reporting requirements for HEERF participating institutions.

Each HEERF participating institution is responsible for providing this information in report format (the “30-day Fund Report”). In addition, these participating institutions are required to post the information listed below on the institution’s primary website. Accordingly, the following information will be easily accessible to the public and made available 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter.

Mitchell College (MC) hereby addresses questions for the “45-Day Fund Report”:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution 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.

MC Response: Mitchell College completed and submitted the Funding Certification Agreement on May 15, 2020, with the intention of using 50% of the funding to provide Emergency Grants to students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

MC Response: The total amount of funding that Mitchell College is scheduled to receive is $616,528 under § 18004(a)(1) of the HEERF, of which at least $308,264 will be provided directly to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19.

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

MC Response: $301,725 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants have been provided to students as of September 9, 2020.

  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution 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 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

MC Response: The estimated number of students eligible to participate in programs under Sections 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and thus eligible to receive Emergency Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, is 462.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

MC Response: As of September 9, 2020, funding was distributed to 462 students.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

MC Response: Mitchell College developed the methods used to determine which students will receive the emergency funding, as well as how much they will receive.

METHOD:

    • Students must be Title IV eligible as required by the CARES Act.
    • Students must maintain the minimum requirements of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
    • Students with the greatest documented need using the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be prioritized. Additionally, awards will be prorated based on the number of hours the students were enrolled, as of March 13, 2020, based on the chart below.
    • Mitchell College Financial Aid Office will verify eligibility in accordance with the CARES Act.
    • The CARES/HEERF Grant funding will be in the form of a check, mailed to the student’s address on file with the Bursar.
    • Amount: Awards to each student will be determined by the following charts:



 

7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

MC Response: Communications to students include email notifications and information posted to the newly created CARES Act webpage.

Mitchell College will continue to update this information every 45 days from June 11, 2020 forward unless and until the Department of Education provides further guidance on institutional reporting requirements for CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Mitchell College 45-Day Report #2

July 26, 2020

Overview

Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the Act to submit (in a time and manner required by the Secretary) a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”).

On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, posted their reporting requirements for HEERF participating institutions.

Each HEERF participating institution is responsible for providing this information in report format (the “30-day Fund Report”). In addition, these participating institutions are required to post the information listed below on the institution’s primary website. Accordingly, the following information will be easily accessible to the public and made available 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter.

Mitchell College (MC) hereby addresses questions for the “45-Day Fund Report”:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution 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.

MC Response: Mitchell College completed and submitted the Funding Certification Agreement on May 15, 2020, with the intention of using 50% of the funding to provide Emergency Grants to students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

MC Response: The total amount of funding that Mitchell College is scheduled to receive is $616,528 under § 18004(a)(1) of the HEERF, of which at least $308,264 will be provided directly to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19.

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

MC Response: $301,725 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants have been provided to students as of July 26, 2020.

  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution 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 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

MC Response: The estimated number of students eligible to participate in programs under Sections 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and thus eligible to receive Emergency Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, is 462.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

MC Response: As of July 26, 2020, funding was distributed to 462 students.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

MC Response: Mitchell College developed the methods used to determine which students will receive the emergency funding, as well as how much they will receive.

METHOD:

    • Students must be Title IV eligible as required by the CARES Act.
    • Students must maintain the minimum requirements of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
    • Students with the greatest documented need using the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be prioritized. Additionally, awards will be prorated based on the number of hours the students were enrolled, as of March 13, 2020, based on the chart below.
    • Mitchell College Financial Aid Office will verify eligibility in accordance with the CARES Act.
    • The CARES/HEERF Grant funding will be in the form of a check, mailed to the student’s address on file with the Bursar.
    • Amount: Awards to each student will be determined by the following charts:



 

7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

MC Response: Communications to students include email notifications and information posted to the newly created CARES Act webpage.

Mitchell College will continue to update this information every 45 days from June 11, 2020 forward unless and until the Department of Education provides further guidance on institutional reporting requirements for CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Mitchell College 30-Day Report #1

June 11, 2020

Overview

Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the Act to submit (in a time and manner required by the Secretary) a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”).

On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, posted their reporting requirements for HEERF participating institutions.

Each HEERF participating institution is responsible for providing this information in report format (the “30-day Fund Report”). In addition, these participating institutions are required to post the information listed below on the institution’s primary website. Accordingly, the following information will be easily accessible to the public and made available 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter.

Mitchell College (MC) hereby addresses questions for the “30-Day Fund Report”:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution 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.

MC Response: Mitchell College completed and submitted the Funding Certification Agreement on May 15, 2020, with the intention of using 50% of the funding to provide Emergency Grants to students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

MC Response: The total amount of funding that Mitchell College is scheduled to receive is $616,528 under § 18004(a)(1) of the HEERF, of which at least $308,264 will be provided directly to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19.

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

MC Response: $0 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants have been provided to students as of June 11, 2020.

  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution 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 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

MC Response: The estimated number of students eligible to participate in programs under Sections 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and thus eligible to receive Emergency Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, is 462.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

MC Response: As of June 11, 2020, no students have received funding.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

MC Response: Mitchell College developed the methods used to determine which students will receive the emergency funding, as well as how much they will receive.

METHOD:

    • Students must be Title IV eligible as required by the CARES Act.
    • Students must maintain the minimum requirements of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
    • Students with the greatest documented need using the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be prioritized. Additionally, awards will be prorated based on the number of hours the students were enrolled, as of March 13, 2020, based on the chart below.
    • Mitchell College Financial Aid Office will verify eligibility in accordance with the CARES Act.
    • Amount: Awards to each student will be determined by the following charts:



 

7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

MC Response: Communications to students include email notifications and information posted to the newly created CARES Act webpage.

Mitchell College will continue to update this information every 45 days from June 11, 2020 forward unless and until the Department of Education provides further guidance on institutional reporting requirements for CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

FAQs

What is the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant?

The CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Fund provides emergency financial aid assistance to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, as stipulated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. Awards will be distributed to eligible Mitchell College students based on need, as determined by the 2019-20 FAFSA, with an emphasis on providing additional support to the neediest populations.

How can I use the Mitchell College CARES Act Relief Grant?

These funds are meant to help students pay for qualified expenses related to COVID-19 and its disruption of campus operations. Eligible expenses include: food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and/or childcare. The grants may not fully cover the expenses a student has incurred due to this disruption.

Can I use this money to pay off my Mitchell College balance?

Yes. Mitchell College is not authorized to apply CARES Act funds toward any outstanding balances that may still be owed by a student. Once the funds are received as a grant, however, students may choose to use the funds to pay off their outstanding account balance. Students are still fully responsible for any open/unpaid balance on their account.

What are the eligibility criteria to qualify for CARES Act funding?

Based on guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education, students must meet the following eligibility parameters to qualify for CARES Act funds:

  • Be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (e.g., be eligible to receive federal financial aid funds such as the Pell Grant, TEACH Grant, Direct Loans, etc.).
  • Maintain the minimum requirements of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
  • Not be enrolled in an exclusively online program on or prior to March 13, 2020.
  • Be a degree-seeking student enrolled in 1 or more credit hours for the Spring 2020 term.

How did Mitchell College develop the eligibility criteria?

Mitchell College followed the guidance of the U.S. Department of Education.

Do I have to pay this money back?

No. Any funds a student receives from the CARES Act will not need to be repaid.

Is money received from the CARES Act considered taxable income?

Each financial award you receive from the federal government and other sources will have separate and unique tax consequences for your federal tax return. Funds received through the CARES Act emergency assistance from the Financial Aid Office will be treated as non-taxable. For more information, visit the IRS website. As tax situations vary by individual, it is always recommended that you consult a tax professional.

How much will eligible students receive in the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant?

The CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant is funding disbursed to eligible undergraduate students based on the percentage of enrollment. Awards will be distributed to eligible undergraduate students based on need as determined by the 2019-20 FAFSA, with an emphasis on providing additional support to the neediest populations.



I have not applied for FAFSA. Is it too late?

The deadline for completing the 2019-2020 FAFSA was June 30, 2020.

Does this money count against my financial aid package?

No. Money from the CARES Act is not considered financial assistance under federal statute, nor Department of Education regulations. As such, these funds will not impact your eligibility for regular financial aid (e.g., grants, scholarships, loans).

Am I eligible to receive CARES Act funds if I have a suspended Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status?

No. Guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Education indicates that students with a suspended SAP status are not eligible for CARES Act fund distributions.

Are Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students eligible for CARES Act funds?

No. Guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Education indicates that students must be eligible to submit a FAFSA in order to qualify for the CARES Act funds. This limits eligibility to U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, or other Title IV eligible non-citizens.

X

A few words on fit.

 

"Fit” is the modern buzzword of the college search process. And frankly, rightly so. As you consider your college experience, we encourage you to look for a place that feels right. It’s also a good idea to make a list of the qualities and characteristics that make a college and you a winning combination.

 

If you are looking for a college that: 

 

  • Gets to know and understand each student as a uniquely talented individual

  • Identifies potential and encourages students in very intentional ways

  • Fosters growth in each student, giving them a foundation for life and career success

  • Is small enough to deliver on the promise of a personalized experience

  • Goes beyond “career services” and offers a progressive 4-year career development model, partnering with local businesses and nonprofits for professional experience

  • Promotes an inclusive culture that encourages students to experiment in new clubs and activities

  • Is nationally recognized for its academic support systems, from professional content tutors (not students) to proven comprehensive support for students with learning differences

  • Connects students to service opportunities that impact their world

  • Is in a location that offers access to New England’s natural places and some of America’s greatest cities

 

 

 

…Mitchell College delivers in a powerful way.

You have Successfully Subscribed!