CARES Act Report
The following report is provided as part of the college’s agreement with the Department of Education. It will be updated every 45 days for the term of the agreement.
CARES Act Agreement
The Certification and Agreement directs each institution applying for HEERF funds to comply with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act and submit an initial report (the “30-day Fund Report”) to the Secretary thirty (30) days from the date of the institution’s Certification and Agreement to the Department. The Department will provide instructions for providing the required information to the Secretary in the near future. In the meantime, each HEERF participating institution must post the information listed below on the institution’s primary website. The Department would like to receive the most current information from the date when the institution received its allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students, and the institution should have received its allocation within a few days after submitting the Certification and Agreement. Accordingly, 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 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. Highline College certifies that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement, and assures that the institution has used and will continue 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.
- 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. The total amount of funds that Highline College is scheduled to receive for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $1,759,869
- 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). The total amount distributed by date is:
Date Amount Distributed Notes May 20, 2020 $37,383 The Highline College CAREs Act Funding Application opened on May 11, 2020. Our first batch of students were awarded on May 20, 2020. The team is working diligently to award more students each day moving forward. July 4, 2020 $690,136 August 5, 2020 September 5, 2020
- 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. The estimated total number of students eligible as of July 4, 2020 is 1,952.
The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:
· The total number of students who have received a grant as of May 20, 2020 is 27.
· The total number of students who have received a grant as of July 4, 2020 is 696.
- 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. Highline College developed an application process for students interested in receiving a CAREs Act grant. Students provided their student identification number, and the college’s financial aid staff members determined their eligibility using existing college database information and ensured that the requirements outlined by the Department of Education were met. Amounts awarded were determined by staff based on several criteria, including the applicant’s dollar amount requested, the availability of other funding for the request, and the information provided by the student that showed the request was due to campus disruption related to the coronavirus.
- Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the CAREs Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants. The college made a web page with instructions, directions, and guidance; the link and the content are listed below: https://www.highline.edu/cares-act. In addition, students were informed of the funding opportunity through the Highline College social media pages, all student email listserv, and a Virtual Highline College Student Town Hall with Student Services Administrators.