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CARES Act Higher Education Relief Funding

 

CARES Act Higher Education Relief Funding

Rio Grande Valley College Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report under the CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, for period ending September 30, 2020. Download PDF

Updated September 30, 2020

On March 27, 2020, the Federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Pub L. No. 116-136, providing funds to institutions from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to make Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including eligible expenses under s student’s cost of attendance, such as food, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

Rio Grande Valley College has signed and returned a Certification and Agreement – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students acknowledgement to the US Department of Education on May 13, 2020 attesting that we will 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. Download PDF

The total amount of funds that the institution received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Student is $722,800.

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) is $265,392.

The estimated total number of students at our 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 CARE Act is 395 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 to date is 395 students.

The method used by Rio Grande Valley College to determine which students receive the Emergency Financial Aid Grants was based on regulations in Public Law in HR 748-116th Congress, 2nd Session, CARES, Act, Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, Section 18004, guidance published by the US Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education that was posted on May 6, online at https://ifap.ed.gov/electronic-announcements/050620HigherEdEmergencyReliefFundRptg and guidance posted to the Office of Postsecondary Education’s CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund website at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/caresact.html.

Students must fill out an application to be considered. Not all students will qualify. Students must submit an application online through the link on the Canvas website and meet the eligibility criteria noted below:

  • “Students who were enrolled exclusively in an online program on March 13, 2020, the date of the President’s Proclamation, ‘Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak…are not eligible for emergency financial aid grants”
  • “Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. If student have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA. Students who have not filed a FAFSA but who are eligible to file a FAFSA also may receive emergency financial aid grants.
  • International students, DREAMers and DACA recipients are not eligible for the CARES Act.


The criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include but are not limited to the following:

  • US citizenship or eligible noncitizen;
  • A valid Social Security number;
  • Registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and
  • A high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.”


Rio Grande Valley College has complied with the regulations and guidance provided by the Department in determining eligibility requirements. The institution calculated the total number of eligible students enrolled on March 27, 2020 and impacted by COVID-19 divided by fifty percent of the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students funding and determined an amount of $684 per student.

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