HEERF I, II and III Emergency Grants for Students –
Disclosures per the Department of Education

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III – Grants to Students – 30 Day Disclosure per the Department of Education

  1. An acknowledgment that the institution signed and returned the Certification and Agreement form and the assurance that the institution used—or intends to use—no less than the required amount of funds received to provide ARP grants to students.

HACS has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement form and will use the allotted ARP funds received for Student grants.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution received from the Department of ED.

The allocated amount of ARP funds awarded by the Department of ED to HACS is $131,345 of which $79,091 is the assigned student portion to eligible students of exceptional need, especially undergraduates.  Those eligible are “not only citizens and permanent residents, but also refugees, asylum seekers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, other DREAMers, and similar undocumented students.  International students may also receive these funds but institutions must ensure priority of funds to domestic students.”

  1. The total amount of ARP grants distributed to students as of the posting/submission date.

The total amount of ARP grants distributed to students as of 06/10/21 is $0.

  1. The total number of students at the institution that are eligible to receive ARP grants.

The total number of students at HACS that are eligible to receive ARP grants:  not determined

  1. The total number of students at the institution that have received ARP grants.

The total number of students at HACS that have received ARP grants:  0

  1. The methods used by the institution to determine which students received ARP grants and how much they received.

The methods used by HACS to determine which students should receive ARP grants has not been determined. 

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the CRRSA grant.

A methodology has not been determined at this time.

This Disclosure is required by the Department of ED to be updated quarterly. The next date shall be July 10, 2021.

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplement Appropriations Act (CRRSA) 2021 under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II – Grants to Students – Disclosure per the Department of Education

  1. An acknowledgment that the institution signed and returned the Certification and Agreement form and the assurance that the institution used—or intends to use—no less than the required amount of funds received to provide CRRSA grants to students.

HACS has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement form and has used 100% of the allotted CRRSA funds received for Student grants.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution received from the Department of ED.

The allocated amount of CRRSA funds awarded by the Department of ED to HACS was $78,426 of which $15,365 was the assigned student portion to eligible on campus and online students of exceptional need.

  1. The total amount of CRRSA grants distributed to students as of the posting/submission date.

The total amount of CRRSA grants distributed to students as of 06/10/21 is $15,365.

  1. The total number of students at the institution that were eligible to receive CRRSA grants.

The total number of students at HACS that were eligible to receive CRRSA grants:  54

  1. The total number of students at the institution that have received CRRSA grants.

The total number of students at HACS that have received CRRSA grants:  17

  1. The methods used by the institution to determine which students received CRRSA grants and how much they received.

The methods used by HACS to determine which students received CRRSA grants was to execute a query in our system for those eligible students (undergraduates and graduates) who had exceptional need as determined by FAFSAs.  We have no other way to determine need as we are a FM school and do not have Institutional aid.  Although Title IV eligibility was not a requirement we used all the FAFSAs in our system for the required time period, whether they used federal student aid or not.

Emails were sent to that population explaining HEERF II and those students who “incurred expenses directly related to COVID19 and which are included in their cost of attendance” could elect to self-attest, by signing and returning an attached form on that email confirming this, by a specified date. 

At the requested target date of April 6, 2021, 17 of the 54 students had returned the form.  The total amount was divided by that many and each was allotted approximately $903 and checks were issued immediately. 

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the CRRSA grant.

The cost of attendance in the email to them specified the categories of tuition, food, housing, health care inclusive of mental health care, and child care.  They were asked NOT to sign if they did not have expenses in those categories as a result of COVID19. 

FUNDS FULLY SPENT

This Disclosure is required by the Department of ED to be updated quarterly. However, as the funds are depleted as of this report date of 06/10/21, this is the final report concerning the Student Portion of the CRRSA (HEERF II) funds.

 

CARES Act Emergency Grants to Students – Disclosure per the Department of Education

1. An acknowledgement that the school signed and returned the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution used—or intends to use—at least 50 percent of the Cares Act funds received for emergency grants to students.

HACS has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement and will use at least 50% of the Cares Act funds received for emergency grants to students.

2. The total amount of funds a school received—or will receive—from ED.

The allocated amount awarded by the Department of Ed to HACS was $22,522 of which $11,261 will go to on campus students who experienced sudden disruption. Those students in our online programs are not eligible due to no disruption in their mode of delivery.

3. The total amount of emergency grants distributed to students as of the posting/submission date.

The total amount of emergency grants distributed as of 01/10/21 is $11,261.

4. The estimated number of students eligible to participate in the emergency grant program (the number of Title IV eligible students under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act).

The estimated number of students eligible to participate in the emergency grant program is 17.

5. The total number of students who have received emergency grants under the CARES Act.

The total number of students who have received the emergency grants as of 01/10/21 is 10
The total number of students who have declined the emergency grants as of 01/10/21 is 3
The total number of students who have not responded as of 01/10/21 is 4.

6. The method(s) used to determine which students received the emergency grants and how much they received.

The method used to determine which students received the emergency grants was to adhere to the requirement that our on campus students be Title IV eligible under Section 484 of the HEA.

The method of how much they received in the first Award Offers was to divide both undergrad and graduate students into two categories: full time and less than full time. Then using the Pell Chart schedule to assign the full time students the maximum amount of the lowest cell $775 and the less than full time students were assigned half that amount or $388.

The second Award Offer was based on need according to the FAFSA. Students were sent another Award Offer acknowledging that they still had needs according to the criteria previously established. The first checks of this second wave commenced on 7/22/20. The final checks were sent on 11/20/20.

7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided to students concerning the emergency grants.

Students who had not submitted a FAFSA had to self attest to eligibility in the first letter issued 5/15. As these letters were returned, the Award Offer was issued with the initial awarded amount. The student again needed to self attest that they had needs that met or exceed the awarded amount related to the disruption of their classes on campus due to coronavirus including expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. As these letters were returned the checks were issued.

As noted in #6, another Award was offered to eligible students based on need, not enrollment status, according to their FAFSA.

This Disclosure to be updated quarterly. However as the funds are depleted as of this report date of 01/10/21 this is the final report.

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