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.
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 May 21, 2020, is $248,976.
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 520 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 364 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:
The criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include but are not limited to the following:
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.