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CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding

Student Aid 

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College has received $1,868,129 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants from the US Department of Education to provide direct relief to NWTC students who have been impacted by the coronavirus.

As of July 13, 2020, 2,207 NWTC students (out of an estimated 4,568 eligible NWTC students) have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant.

NWTC students eligible to apply for an Emergency Financial Aid Grant include all students who are eligible for financial aid for the Spring 2020 semester and are enrolled in at least one credit (students must have completed Federal Application for Student Aid and must meet all financial aid eligibility requirements for the Spring 2020 semester).

Eligible students can access the CARES Act application in My.NWTC. 

Below is a full report of the College’s fund usage to date. The report will be updated every 45 days.

  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 intends to use 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 $1,868,129 from the Department to award Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  4. As of July 13, 2020, $1,305,625 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants has been distributed to NWTC students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  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 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 4,568.
  6. As of July 13, 2020, 2,207 NWTC students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES.
  7. The College uses the following process to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and the amount under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:
    1. 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 Spring 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
    2. Application Process
      1. Eligible NWTC students must complete the COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid Grant application found in the Student’s Portal to be considered for funding.
        • 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.
      2. Applications are 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.
      3. Within one day, applications are reviewed, determinations are made, and applicants are notified as to whether or not they will receive an award, and if applicable the amount.
  8. Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by NWTC to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants included:
    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 are required to certify that these expenses are related to the disruption of their education due to COVID-19 on the application.

Institutional Portion

NWTC received a $1,868,128 Institution Relief grant from the US Department of Education’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to help cover institutional expenses incurred as a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. These funds were made available as part of the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Per the terms of the grant award, NWTC is required to report to the public within 30 days of receipt how the funds are being spent and 45 days thereafter. The following information serves as the College’s report. 

  1. On April 22, 2020 NWTC signed and returned the Certification and Agreement acknowledging the HEERF Emergency Grant funds to the US Department of Education. The College’s Grant Award Notification was issued on May 5, 2020.
  2. NWTC received $1,868,128 in emergency grant funding for institutional uses to defray expenses incurred by the College under the CARES Act.
  3. As of July 21, 2020, NWTC has not distributed any funds to defray expenses and therefore has nothing to report at this time.
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