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  • Emergency Funding for Students Affected by COVID-19

    CARES Act Funding for L&C Students

    Reporting data as of July 28, 2020
    Award under Section 18004(a)(2) of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
     

    1&2. 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.

    Upon signing and returning the Department of Education’s (DOE) Certification and Agreement document for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, Lewis  and Clark Community College received $1,031,190 in Higher Education Emergency Relief funds (HEERF) specifically to distribute to students whose education was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic this spring. This constitutes 50% of the allocated funds required to be disbursed to students.

    3. 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. 
    As of July 1, 2020, Lewis and Clark has distributed $1,031,264 in funds to students who met the CARES act eligibility requirements as outlined below.

    4. 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).
    Lewis and Clark estimated over 1,400 students would be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as well as receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

    5. 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, Lewis and Clark has distributed CARES Act funds to 1,513 eligible students.

    6. 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.
    As a requirement of receiving these funds, the college created a plan to distribute the funds to all eligible students under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 who were enrolled and actively attending in Spring 2020 as of the March 13, 2020 State of Illinois “Stay at Home” order. All Lewis and Clark students who were actively attending classes on or after March 13, 2020 were impacted by COVID-19. Not only did students lose access to technology and other student services on campus as a result of continuing their courses remotely, many needed laptops, internet access; many students became unemployed, many had to find alternate forms of childcare, many needed food and basic necessities, and unfortunately some contracted the virus or had a family member who contracted the virus. Lewis and Clark used a comprehensive approach to distribute CARES Act funds to eligible students.

    Distribution Plan

    A team at the college, including the Interim President, Assistant Interim President, Vice President of Finance and the Director of Financial Aid, worked to determine the total number of eligible students. The College distributed a set amount to all students based on their full time or part-time status as it related to face-to-face credit hours. Full-time students received an amount equal to 2/3 and part-time students received an amount equal to 1/3 using the total allocation and estimated eligible student count.

    7. Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
    Lewis and Clark (L&C) communicated to L&C students CARES Act funds availability, provided eligibility criteria, explained what the Financial Aid office needed to determine eligibility, and notified recipients of actual disbursement amounts prior to distribution through student L&C email addresses.

    Requirements of Eligibility

    According to the DOE, students receiving funds must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Students must have completed a FAFSA for Spring 2020.
    • Students must have earned a GED or HS diploma.
    • Students must have been enrolled in at least one face-to-face course during Spring 2020.
    • Students must have a SSN on file with the institution.
    • Male students between 18-25 must have registered for the Selective Service.
    • Students must be a U.S. citizen.
    • Students must be in good standing with the Department of Education.
    • Students must meet normal financial aid requirements as stated by the DOE.

    Other Funds

    Although not all Lewis and Clark students will be eligible for the CARES Act funding, our Foundation and College staff are working toward raising funds that will assist those who might not meet the DOE’s eligibility requirements, but may also demonstrate need during this time.

    Student Emergency Relief Fund