CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Declaration Report
In response to the coronavirus pandemic the US Congress has approved the Federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This approval allows for colleges to receive additional funding in support their students that meet specific hardship criteria. The funds provided to Chatfield College may be disbursed to eligible students who apply for the assistance.

Those students impacted by the coronavirus pandemic are eligible to apply, if:
• Student is currently enrolled in a non-distance education degree program.
• Student meets the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements and are in good standing.
• Student has an expense related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care expenses.

CARES Act Relief 
Chatfield College has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement, and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use 50% of the fund received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants funds received by the institution for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.= $130,270

Total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 1800(a)(1) of the CARES Act= $13,000

The estimated total number of students Title IVA Aid eligible at the institution=  115

Total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant= 26

Frequently Asked Questions

The US Congress has recently approved the Federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act provides colleges the opportunity to assist their respective students during these challenging times. Below is a listing of helpful information that you can reference regarding the application process for this award as a result of the hardship situation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Who is eligible to receive the CARES Act award?  There are a few criteria that a student must meet in order to be considered for the CARES Act hardship award, the student must be currently enrolled in a non-distance education program, be in good academic standing by meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standard along with grant eligibility standards, and has successfully submitted a hardship application.

Is there a limit to the number of times a student may apply? A student may apply for the CARES Act once and their application will be kept on file for tracking purposes.

How much is the maximum amount that can be awarded to a student? The maximum award amount is $500

Where does the student get the CARES Act hardship application? The Financial Aid department will have applications available for student submission.

Who approves the hardship applications? The Financial Aid department will receive the applications and request approval on behalf of the student. The applications will then be provided to the VP/COO for approval and tracking.

How will the student be notified of the grant award and receive their check?The Financial Aid department will have the student’s approved application and printed check available for pickup by the student. The student will have to sign upon receipt.

Updated as of 7/9/2020