CARES Act Update – Sandhills Community College
Sandhills Community College has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Funding Certification and Agreement for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. No less than 50% of the total funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) will be awarded directly to students.
Sandhills Community College has received $1,016,529.00 from the Department of Education for emergency financial aid grants to students.
As of Friday, May 15, 2020, the College distributed $661,300 to students for “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus”.
For the Spring 2020 semester, there are 2,004 curriculum students 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. Additional federal regulations require that the student be enrolled in at least one face-to-face or hybrid class in order to qualify for CARES Act funding.
As of Friday, May 15, 2020, 670 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
In the College’s first phase of awarding, funds were automatically distributed to students who demonstrated the greatest need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Department of Education (Zero Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) Pell Recipients for Spring 2020). The award amount for this population of students ranged between $600 – $1100 for expenses that included upgrading of their laptop or home computer, monthly internet costs, and/or food needs off-campus.
In the College’s second phase of awarding, an application was marketed and made available to all other curriculum students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (minus those awarded in the first phase). The award amount for this population of students ranged between $100 – $600 for expenses that included upgrading of their laptop or home computer and monthly internet costs. The application for this population is still available for students to complete.
The source of funds used to provide these awards was provided at the time that the College awarded or marketed to all eligible participants.
The College has reserved a portion of the funds received in order to assist curriculum students impacted for the Summer 2020 semester, as well as eligible Continuing Education students.
Sandhills will continue to reach out to students to determine needs and how to address those affected by this current pandemic.