US Department of Education Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF)

Student Aid 

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) has received and disbursed $3,736,258 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants from the US Department of Education, providing direct relief to NWTC students who have been impacted by the coronavirus.

Below is the full report of the College’s usage of HEERF I (CARES Act) and HEERF II (CRRSAA) Funding.  

  1. On April 13, 2020, NWTC signed and returned to the US Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.
  2. NWTC used no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.  
  3. NWTC has received $3,736,258 from the Department to award Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This amount includes $1,868,129 in HEERF I (CARES Act) and $1,868,129 in HEERF II (CRRSAA) Funding.
  4. As of April 1, 2021, $3,736,258 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants has been distributed to NWTC students per the Terms and Conditions outlined in the Grant Award Notification. Of this amount, $1,868,129 was awarded during this past quarter (i.e., January  1 – March 30,  2021) with CRRSAA funding (HEERF II).
    • Previous Report Info:
      • April - June 30, 2020: $1,298,650 in funding was awarded.
      • July 1 - September 30, 2020: $569,479 in funding was awarded.
      • October 1 – December 31, 2020: $1,868,129 in funding was awarded (All HEERF I Funds were distributed).
  5. The estimated total number of NWTC students 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 was 6,781 under the CARES Act (HEERF I) and 3,481 under CRRSAA (HEERF II).
  6. As of April 1, 2021, a total of 5,656 NWTC students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant of which 2,964 awards were made during this past quarter (i.e., January 1 – March 30, 2021) under CRRSAA (HEERF II).
    • Previous Report Info:
      • April - June 30, 2020: 1,844 students received an award.
      • July 1 - September 30, 2020: 848 students received an award.
      • October 1 – December 31: 2,692 students received an award under HEERF I (CARES Act).
  7. The College used the following process to determine which students received Emergency Financial Aid Grants and the amount based on the Terms and Conditions of the Grant Award Notification.
    A. Eligibility
    1. Students eligible to apply for COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid Grant
      • Must have completed the FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid) and meet all financial aid eligibility requirements for the Fall 2020 semester.
      • Must be admitted to a financial aid eligible program and be enrolled in at least one credit during the time of the award. Credits of W, F, NS are not included in total amount of credits for semester.
      • Must have been financially impacted by the closure of campus due to Covid-19
    2. Students not eligible for COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid Grant
      • Enrolled in 100% online programs (i.e., Business Analyst Associate Degree, Business Requirements Technical Diploma, and Medical Coding Technical Diploma)
      • Not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) or Timeframe, according to Financial Aid Guidelines
      • In Default of previous student loans
      • DACA student
      • Undocumented or unknown citizenship
      • Non legal residents
      • International students utilizing F-1 and J-1 Visas
    B. Application Process
    1. Eligible NWTC students completed the COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid Grant application found in the Student’s Portal to be considered for funding.
    2. Funding categories for COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid Grant are defined in the Federal Act as follows: Food; Housing, Course Materials; Technology; Health Care; and Childcare.
    3. Applications were reviewed daily to: 1) verify eligibility and 2) determine the amount of the award based on an established funding rubric (e.g., number of credits and funding category) and available funding.
    4. Within one day, applications were reviewed, determinations were made, and applicants were notified as to whether or not they would receive an award, and if applicable the amount.
    A. Eligibility
    1. FAFSA on file
    2. Title IV eligible program
    3. Meets citizenship requirement on FAFSA
    4. Enrolled in 3 or more financial aid eligible credits
    5. Can award to those not meeting other Title IV eligibility requirements.
    B. Funding Amount
    1. $300 for 3-6 credits
    2. $600 for 7-11 credits
    3. $900 for 12+ credits
    C. How Funds are Prioritized - Looking at each student’s Expected Family Contribution, students with an EFC of $0-$15,000 will be determined students with highest need. These eligible students would be given priority to funds. Any funds remaining after these students are awarded will be awarded based on next lowest EFC and continue to award based on lowest EFC to highest EFC until all funds are depleted.
    D. Application Process - There will be no application process for awarding the HEERF II funds. The Financial Aid Office will determine those eligible and award to students based on eligibility requirements and prioritized based on our above defined neediest students.
    E. Awarding Process - Awarding will begin the week of March 8. Awarding will be done by pulling query: NWTC_CARES_FEB_2021_CRRSAA. This list will then be sorted by EFC to award those with $0-$15,000 EFC first. Once those students have been awarded, the remaining eligible students will be awarded based on lowest EFC to highest until all CRRSAA funds have been depleted. The funds will be added to the financial aid award and disbursed through financial aid. All funds will be refunded directly to students regardless of whether they have a balance at NWTC for current or prior semester.
  8. Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by NWTC to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants by funding stream:

    1. Directions for how to apply including location of the online application.
      1. Statement included on application: Through the CARES ACT, NWTC received a $1,868,129 grant from the US Department of Education to provide direct relief to help students impacted by Covid-19. These emergency assistance grants will be funded 100% with US Department of Education money, no College resources will be used. As a result, NWTC wants to act quickly to disburse these funds.
    2. Students were required to certify that these expenses were related to the disruption of their education due to COVID-19 on the application.
      1. Communication - Students who have been awarded will be sent an email and a postcard notifying of their award. Those students with a current or prior balance, will be sent an extra communication informing them of their options to pay off their NWTC balance.

Institutional Portion and Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP)

NWTC received $8,993,455 in Institution Relief funds to help cover institutional expenses incurred as a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as a $566,215 Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) grant to address pandemic-related needs from the US Department of Education’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). These funds were made available as part of the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). Per the terms of the grant awards, NWTC is required to publicly post quarterly reports, starting October 30, 2020.