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CARES Information

October 10, 2021 - Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Quarterly Reporting

HEERF I- CARES Act 

All funds under this agreement were disbursed to PELL eligible students as of December 31, 2020. 

HEERF II-CRRSAA 

All funds under this agreement were disbursed to eligible students as of June 30, 2021. 

HEERF II- SAIHE 

JSCC was awarded funds under section 314(a)(3) of the CRRSAA Supplemental Appropriation Act, 2021 under Absolute Priority 6. Funds must be used to provide students with financial aid grants, which may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency cost that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, healthcare (including mental healthcare) or childcare. 

If an institution obtains a student’s written (or electronic), affirmative consent, an institution is permitted to apply these grants directly to the student’s institutional account; however, students must be informed that they retain the option to receive a direct disbursement of the financial aid grant and that an institution may not require that the grant be applied to the student’s account. 

CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants to students, who are eligible for Pell grants to be identified as having exceptional need. In addition, the CRRSAA explicitly provides that financial aid grants to students may be provided to students exclusively enrolled in distance education. 

Payment Methodology Students enrolled in fall 2021 semester were notified via text and email to apply for the grant on the college website. The applications were reviewed individually and amounts were determined based on the requested amount and the grant funds available. Based on the applications that were submitted, the maximum award was $3,505.95. 

Disbursement Process 

Emergency grant funds were released to students by either refund check or direct deposit, depending on if the student has an e-refund profile set up with the college. Students were provided the option to authorize payment towards current account balances, but this was not required for eligibility. 

If a student authorized the institution to apply funds to their outstanding balance first, any excess funds were awarded directly to the student. Students who did not authorize the institution to apply funds to their outstanding balances received their emergency grant through direct deposit or check depending on the refund method setup with the institution. Students who applied for emergency funds received notification of the award. 

HEERF Payment Allocation Information Number of Title IV eligible students who may qualify for HEERF payments: 

2228 

Total amount of HEERF II- SAIHE available for payments to students: 

$1,711,493 

Total amount of HEERF- II SAIHE paid to eligible students: 

$1,407,148.89 

Total number of eligible students paid: 

811 

801 students requested funds be applied to their outstanding account balance. 

Contact and Questions 

Student questions can be submitted by emailing Cares@jscc.edu 

Email Communication 

Student Email 

Emergency Grant Funding Request 

HEERF III-ARP Under the guidance of TBR The College System of Tennessee, the institution will begin making awards to students this fall. I Will insert language provided by TBR and an estimated date for first release. 

Student HEERF funds awarded under the ARP must be reserved to provide students with financial aid grants, which may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare. If an institution obtains a student’s written (or electronic), affirmative consent, an institution is permitted to apply these grants directly to the student’s institutional account; however, students must be informed that they retain the option to receive a direct disbursement of the financial aid grant and that an institution may not require that the grant be applied to the student’s account. 

The ARP requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants to students. However, students do not need to be Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants to be identified as having exceptional need. 

Payment Methodology 

Our institution determined funds would be allocated to the largest number of students possible due to impacts of COVID-19 related events. Following USDOE’s guidance, Pell eligible students received priority funding. However, based on our institution’s determined criteria, certain non-Pell eligible students were also considered eligible for funding. 

Criteria for eligibility include: 

• An individual must have been enrolled on or after March 13, 2020. 

• Students did not have to be title IV eligible. 

• Students complete an application requesting assistance and confirming they have a financial need due to COVID-19. They may also authorize payment towards current account balances, but this is not required for eligibility. 

Disbursement Process 

Any disbursed emergency grant funds will be released to students by either refund check or direct deposit, depending on if the student has an e-refund profile set up with the college. Students will be provided the option to authorize payment towards current account balances, but this is not required for eligibility. 

A payment is not necessarily a reflection of a student’s current student account balance, as these funds are disbursed directly to a student no matter if a current balance is owed to the institution, unless the student provided authorization for application to account balances. 

Students determined eligible for HEERF payments will receive a confirmation email from the college. 

At the time of this report, no funds have been disbursed. 

July 10 - Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Quarterly Reporting

HEERF I- CARES Act

All funds under this agreement were disbursed to PELL eligible students as of December 31, 
2020.

HEERF II-CRRSAA

JSCC was awarded funds under section 314(a) of the CRRSAA. Funds must be reserved to 
provide students with financial aid grants, which may be used for any component of the 
student’s cost of attendance or for emergency cost that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, 
food, housing, healthcare (including mental healthcare) or childcare. 

If an institution obtains a student’s written (or electronic), affirmative consent, an institution is 
permitted to apply these grants directly to the student’s institutional account; however, students 
must be informed that they retain the option to receive a direct disbursement of the financial aid 
grant and that an institution may not require that the grant be applied to the student’s account.
Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exception 
need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants to students, 
who are eligible for Pell grants to be identified as having exceptional need. In addition, the 
CRRSAA explicitly provides that financial aid grants to students may be provided to students 
exclusively enrolled in distance education.

Payment Methodology

JSCC determined funds would be allocated to the largest number of students possible due to 
impacts of COVID-19 related events. Following USDOE’s guidance, Pell eligible students 
received priority funding. However, based on our institution’s determined criteria, certain non-Pell eligible students were also considered eligible for funding.

Criteria for eligibility include:

  • An individual must be enrolled in spring 2021 semester.
  • Students did not have to be Pell eligible; however, per USDOE guidance, eligible 
    students had to meet citizenship requirements.
  • Students cannot be transient, dual enrolled, or non-degree seeking.

Disbursement Process

Any disbursed emergency grant funds will be released to students by either refund check or  direct deposit, depending on if the student has an e-refund profile set up with the college.  Students were provided the option to authorize payment towards current account balances, but  this was not required for eligibility. 

A payment is not necessarily a reflection of a student’s current student account balance, as  these funds are disbursed directly to a student no matter if a current balance is owed to the  institution, unless the student provided authorization for application to account balances.Students determined eligible for HEERF payments will receive a confirmation email from the college.

HEERF Payment Allocation Information

Number of Title IV eligible students who may qualify for HEERF payments: 2228
Total amount of HEERF aid available for payments to students: $1,419,235
Total amount of HEERF aid paid to eligible students: $1,398,866.92
Total number of eligible students paid: 2228
34 students requested payment on their account and it was reported on the April 10 report
All funds under HEERF II CRRSAA Student portion have been released

Contact and Questions

Student questions can be submitted by emailing caresact@jscc.edu.

Email Communication
https://www.jscc.edu/covid/heerf-email.pdf

HEERF III-ARP

JSCC was awarded funds under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). Funds
must be used to provide emergency financial aid grants to students (which may include 
students exclusively enrolled in distance education), which may be used for any 
component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to 
coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), 
or child care. Grants may be awarded to students exclusively enrolled in distance 
education. 

Institutions retains discretion to determine the amount and availability of each individual emergency financial aid grant consistent with all applicable laws including non-discrimination laws. Grants must not be distributed in a manner that discriminated against individual on basis of race, color, national origin, disability or sex. Institutions must prioritize grants to students with exceptional need such as students who receive Pell grants. However, students do not have to be Pell recipients or students who are eligible for grants in order to receive an emergency financial aid grant. 

At the time of this report no funds have been dispersed.

April 10 - Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Quarterly Reporting

HEERF I- CARES Act

All funds under this agreement were disbursed to PELL eligible students as of December 31, 2020.

HEERF II-CRRSAA

JSCC was awarded funds under section 314(a) of the CRRSAA. Funds must be reserved to provide students with financial aid grants, which may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency cost that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, healthcare (including mental healthcare) or childcare. If an institution obtains a student’s written (or electronic), affirmative consent, an institution is permitted to apply these grants directly to the student’s institutional account; however, students must be informed that they retain the option to receive a direct disbursement of the financial aid grant and that an institution may not require that the grant be applied to the student’s account. Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exception need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants to students, who are eligible for Pell grants to be identified as having exceptional need. In addition, the CRRSAA explicitly provides that financial aid grants to students may be provided to students exclusively enrolled in distance education.

Payment Methodology

JSCC determined funds would be allocated to the largest number of students possible due to impacts of COVID-19 related events. Following USDOE’s guidance, Pell eligible students received priority funding. However, based on our institution’s determined criteria, certain nonPell eligible students were also considered eligible for funding.

Criteria for eligibility include:

  • An individual must be enrolled in spring 2021 semester.
  • Students did not have to be Pell eligible; however, per USDOE guidance, eligible
    students had to meet citizenship requirements.
  • Students cannot be transient, dual enrolled, or non-degree seeking.

Disbursement Process

Any disbursed emergency grant funds will be released to students by either refund check or direct deposit, depending on if the student has an e-refund profile set up with the college. Students were provided the option to authorize payment towards current account balances, but this was not required for eligibility.

A payment is not necessarily a reflection of a student’s current student account balance, as these funds are disbursed directly to a student no matter if a current balance is owed to the institution, unless the student provided authorization for application to account balances. Students determined eligible for HEERF payments will receive a confirmation email from the college.

HEERF Payment Allocation Information

Number of Title IV eligible students who may qualify for HEERF payments: 2,313
Total amount of HEERF aid available for payments to students: $1,419,235
Total amount of HEERF aid paid to eligible students: $20,368.08
Total number of eligible students paid: 34
The thirty-four students above provided authorization to apply their HEERF II CRRSAA funds to their account balance; 12 at $445.65 and 22 at $682.74.

Contact and Questions

Student questions can be submitted by emailing caresact@jscc.edu.

Email Communication

Student Email
HEERF Student Tuition Authorization

CARES Act Funding Update-January 10th

Student Grant Allocation

JSCC awarded additional grants to PELL eligible students.  In the 4th round of disbursements, 41 students submitted application for COVID-19 related expenses. The total amount distributed in this round was $18,591.87. The amounts varied based upon the amount of additional expense requested/incurred by students; however, none received more than the amount of the original CARES disbursement of June, 2020. 

All funds under this agreement have been dispersed to PELL eligible students who identified a qualifying need, based on federal guidance and submitted an application requesting additional support.  

This is our final report for our CARES Act Student Grant Allocation. 

HEERF Payment Allocation Information-updated

Number of Title IV eligible students who may qualify for HEERF payments:

 

Total amount of HEERF aid available for payments to students:

1,419,235

Total amount of HEERF aid paid to eligible students:

1,419,235

Total number of eligible students paid:

2530

 

Date Institution Submitted HEERF Certification and Agreement to USDOE:

04/15/20

Date Information Originally Published Online:

05/07/20

Website Updated (1st 45-day requirement): 

06/03/20

Website Updated (2nd 45-day requirement): 

07/17/20

Website Updated (1st Quarter requirement): 

10/07/20

Website Updated (2nd Quarter requirement): 

01/07/21

Website Updated (3rd Quarter requirement): 

 

Website Updated (4th Quarter requirement): 

 

Website Updated (requirement): 

 

Oct 7 - CARES Act Funding Update

Student Grant Allocation

JSCC awarded additional grants to PELL eligible students.  In the 3rd round of disbursements, 19 students submitted application for COVID-19 related expenses. Most of the requests were for technology support. The total amount distributed in this round was $9,359.10. The amounts varied based upon the amount of additional expense requested/incurred by students; however, none received more than the amount of the original CARES disbursement of June, 2020. 

The remaining funds will be dispersed during the fall semester to PELL eligible students who have identified a qualifying need, based on federal guidance and submits an application.  

HEERF Payment Allocation Information-updated

Number of Title IV eligible students who may qualify for HEERF payments:

2530

Total amount of HEERF aid available for payments to students:

1,419,235

Total amount of HEERF aid paid to eligible students:

1,400,643.03

Total number of eligible students paid:

2530

Date Institution Submitted HEERF Certification and Agreement to USDOE:

04/15/20

Date Information Originally Published Online:

05/07/20

Website Updated (1st 45-day requirement): 

06/03/20

Website Updated (2nd 45-day requirement): 

07/17/20

Website Updated (1st Quarter requirement): 

10/07/20

Website Updated (2nd Quarter requirement): 

 

Website Updated (3rd Quarter requirement): 

 

Website Updated (4th Quarter requirement): 

 

Website Updated (requirement): 

 

CARES Act Funding - July 16

Student Grant Allocation

JSCC awarded additional grants to PELL eligible students. Students who incurred more allowable expenses submitted an application for additional funds. After review of the applications submitted by students incurring a greater amount of expense than the original CARES Act funds disbursed on June 2, 2020, Jackson State distributed an additional $11,052.29 to 239 students on June 24, 2020. The amounts awarded varied based upon the amount of additional expense incurred by each student; however, none received more than the amount of the original CARES disbursement of June 2, 2020

CARES Act Institutional and SIP Award

Jackson State received two additional grants under CARES Act Section 18004(a)(1) “Recipient’s Institutional Costs” and Section 18004(a)(2) Strengthening Institutional Program(SIP).  Funds awarded under these sections may be used to assist institutions with cost associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus, expanding support to students, expanding remote learning programs, building IT capacity, training faculty and staff to be effective in remote learning, defray institutional expenses- lost revenue, reimbursement for expense already incurred due to the coronavirus. 

JSCC received $1,419,234 for Institutional Cost and $138,311 in SIP funds. To date, $138,846.43 of the Institutional funds have been used for instruction & student support in transition to online learning, PPE supplies, student worker pay and canceled travel due to “shelter in place” order.  No funds have been spent under the SIP award. 

Jackson State continues to work toward providing a safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff.  Great and careful consideration is given to ensure CARES Act funds are used in a way the will enhance the lives of individuals, strengthen the workforce, and empower our diverse communities as we continue to strive for excellency during these unprecedented time. 

HEERF Payment Allocation Information-updated

Number of Title IV eligible students who may qualify for HEERF payments:

2530

Total amount of HEERF aid available for payments to students:

1,419,235

Total amount of HEERF aid paid to eligible students:

1,283,159

Total number of eligible students paid:

2530

 

Date Institution Submitted HEERF Certification and Agreement to USDOE:

04/15/20

Date Information Originally Published Online:

05/07/20

Website Updated (1st 45-day requirement): 

06/03/20

Website Updated (2nd 45-day requirement): 

07/17/20

Website Updated (3rd 45-day requirement): 

 

Website Updated (4th 45-day requirement): 

 

Website Updated (5th 45-day requirement): 

 

Website Updated (6th 45-day requirement): 

 

Website Updated (7th 45-day requirement): 

 

CARES Act Funding - June 3

In April, the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HERF) was announced as a means to provide financial assistance to students who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since this announcement, Jackson State Community College (JSCC) signed and submitted the Certificate and Agreement to the Department of Education committing to use no less than 50 percent of the funds under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. JSCC received $1,419,235 from HERF funds to support students facing urgent needs created by the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released guidance related to CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) funding to higher education institutions to assist students with unmet expenses as a result of COVID-19. Funds must be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as:

  • course materials
  • technology
  • food
  • housing
  • health care
  • childcare
  • or other cost of attendance related item

JSCC will provide emergency financial grants for COVID-19-related expenses. Any student who meets the eligibility criteria will be given a portion of these emergency funds. Students will receive assistance based upon eligibility guidelines established by federal policy and in conjunction with TBR guidance. Requirements of eligibility for emergency aid will include, but are not limited to:

  • Be enrolled as regular in an eligible degree or certificate program student as of March 13, 2020.
  • Be enrolled in at least one face-to-face class as of March 13, 2020.
  • Be a US Citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Have a valid social security number

JSCC will distribute approximately 90% ($1,272,106.60) of its CARES money to 2530 eligible students based on whether they were Pell Grant recipients or not, in Spring 2020 term.

  Current Students Amount Cost
Non Pell Recipients 850 $452.98 $385,033.00
Pell Recipients 1680 $528.02 $887,073.60

Any disbursed emergency grant funds will be released to students by either refund check or direct deposit, depending on the method the student has set up with the college. A payment is not necessarily a reflection of a student's current student account balance, as these funds are disbursed directly to a student no matter if a current balance is owed to the institution.

Students determined eligible for HEERF payments will receive a confirmation email from Jackson State Community College. JSCC will reserve the remaining 10% (147,128.40) to use for emergency financial grants awarded by application. Students who incurred more allowable expenses than the amount given from the CARES Act may submit an application for additional funds. Any amount requested must be for expenses that exceed the amount given from the initial grant disbursement. A decision will be made and notification sent within 5 business days of application deadline. 

JSCC Students to Receive CARES Act Funding

Earlier this month, the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund was announced as a means to provide financial assistance to students who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since this announcement, the TBR College System of Tennessee has been working through the details of how this money would be distributed to students once the funding has been received.

Jackson State Community College students will receive assistance based upon eligibility guidelines established by TBR. Requirements for emergency aid will include, but are not limited to:

  • An individual must have been a student as of March 13, 2020.
  • Students cannot have been enrolled solely in an online format as of March 13, 2020.
  • Students paid must be eligible to participate in Title IV financial aid programs. Payments to Pell-eligible students will be prioritized, as suggested by the United States Department of Education (USDOE).
  • Students must be enrolled as degree-seeking at JSCC in order to receive payments from the college.

No application is required to be considered for the CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund. Disbursements will be made to all eligible students without the need for an application.

The timeline for the distribution of funds will be determined by each institution. This timeline will be dependent upon several factors including when the institution receives funding from the USDOE. JSCC will make an announcement once funding is received. Accurate and timely payments will be a top priority for the college.