On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, providing roughly $14 billion to institutions of higher education. SCI-Arc was allotted $169,810 (50%) through section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. SCI-Arc signed and returned the Certification and Agreement form for HEERF funding and intends to utilize 50% of the total funds to award as direct grants to our students who experienced unexpected expenses as a result of COVID-19.
Per the Department of Education’s (ED) Interim Reporting Guidelines for Student Portion of the CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund published on May 6, 2020, SCI-Arc acknowledges that it has used CARES Act Emergency Relief Funds to provide the mandated amount of at least $169,810 (50%) of the emergency financial aid grants to eligible SCI-Arc students.
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 is 180.
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 are as follows:
- Undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students
- US citizens or eligible noncitizens; possessing a valid Social Security Number
- Registered for Selective Service
- Enrolled part-time or full-time
- Completed 2019-2020 FAFSA
SCI-Arc has distributed the total amount of $169,810.00 (50%) evenly to the 180 students who each received $944.00 (full-time: 179; part-time: 1).
Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants are as follows:
“Federal CARES Act grants are intended to assist students with economic hardships related to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds may be used to cover: Travel and moving expenses associated with the transition to on-line learning; housing, food, and utilities; childcare; technology or other resources needed for online coursework; and medical expenses. You must use these funds for coronavirus-related expenses. You may be asked to provide substantiation that such expenses were 1) related to coronavirus-caused campus disruption, and 2) actually incurred and paid by you, and you should be prepared to provide such substantiation if ever requested.”