Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
The responses below include reporting for HEERF II (CRRSAA)
Pioneer Career & Technology Center Adult Education is required to provide regular reporting on the use of funds authorized by the CARES Act. Funds received by Pioneer Career & Technology Center Adult Education under the CARES Act were authorized by Congress and signed into law by the President on March 27, 2020. The information noted below is intended to not only meet the reporting requirements of the CARES Act but also provide about the use of the student grant portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).
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 a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the HEERF.
Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare).
Pioneer Career & Technology Center signed a Certification and Agreement in order to access funds under this program. This Certification and Agreement requires each institution applying for HEERF funds to comply with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act. A part of this compliance includes:
“The following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and be updated every 45 days thereafter:
- 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.
- Pioneer Career & Technology Center Adult Education signed and returned the Certificate of Agreement to access section 18004(a)(1) Student Emergency Funding of the CARES Act on July 23, 2020
- 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.
- Pioneer Career Center received $1,485 in Emergency Student Funding for HEERF and another $1485 for CRRSAA
- 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).
- Both sets of $1485 of our allotment have been expended. We also used and additional $1485 from our HEERF II (CRRSAA) institutional portion to ensure each eligible student received an equal amount.
- 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.
- We have <10 eligible Title IV students
- The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
- 1 student was identified as being eligible to receive funding and he was awarded the emergency grant in the first round and two students were eligible and received grants during the CRRSAA period.
- 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.
- Title IV eligible students were identified at the time of the crisis and those who had not previously applied for financial aid were asked to fill out the FAFSA. If they were unable to fill out the FAFSA, we had students fill out a verification form attesting that they are Title IV eligible. Once verified, students were issued emergency grants. For the CRRSAA funds, we identified those who were eligible/received Pell funding and used that metric.
- Each student who was Title IV eligible split the funds equally.
- Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
- For HEERF I, eligible students were contacted by phone and once address is/was confirmed, checks will be mailed to individual students.
- For CRRSAA, students were identified and checks presented during class time.