CARES ACT Report 2
Morrison Institute of Technology Cares Act
Student Emergency Financial Aid Grant Report
August 3, 2020
Morrison Institute of Technology applied for funding and entered into a certification agreement with the US Department of Education to spend 50% of the Cares HEERF received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act grant on emergency grants to students.The amount funds available for emergency student grants is $90,030.
Currently, as of August 3, 2020, the college has distributed $90,030.13 of these funds directly to students.The college has currently identified 76 students as eligible to receive grant funding and has distributed funds to all of these students.
Student eligibility was determined by Section 484 Title IV status. The college then determined that every eligible student experienced some educational disruption and was eligible for an award of $250. Students who were dislocated from campus housing were allocated an additional $600. Eligible students were then contacted to self-identify eligibility for additional grants by completing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security applications form. These forms were due by June 30, 2020. The college reviewed the forms and provided additional grants for students incurring expenses for educational technology, housing, food, transportation, course materials, medical and other eligible expenses as defined by the Cares Act.
A letter was sent out on May 22, 2020 to all eligible students with an explanation of award amounts and the application to identify additional expenses. Initial disbursement checks were mailed on June 2, 2020. Additionally, a reminder was sent to eligible students via Populi, the college’s SMS system, on June 15, 2020 encouraging students to complete their applications before June 30, and providing them with an electronic copy of the application.
In addition to initial disbursement checks, the College has awarded $14,632.49 to 19 student applicants. The applications were reviewed periodically, and the first student applicants were awarded individual grants on June 23, 2020. As the application period came to a close the college elected to review applications submitted and split the remaining funds among eligible students in an effort to provide students with relief in a timely manner. On July 9, the remaining funds were mailed to eligible students.
Per its agreement with the US Department of Education,Morrison Institute of Technology has distributed 50% of the Cares HEERF received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act grant on emergency grants to students to the amount of $90,030.13.
The following are the documents that constitute instructions and guidance to students regarding the Cares Act
June 15, 2020
This is a reminder that Morrison Tech received funds from the CARES Act to provide emergency assistance to students who incurred expenses due to the educational disruption caused by the COVID 19 Pandemic and the closure of the college campus.
If you incurred expenses for education technology, course materials, housing, food, transportation, or medical expenses, please complete the attached form and return no later than June 30, 2020.
If you have any questions regarding your application, you may contact Mr. Connelly, email@example.com
May 22, 2020
<First Name> >Last Name>
<City>, <State> <zip code>
Dear <First Name>,
Morrison Institute of Technology recently received approximately $90,300 in funds from the US Federal Government through the recent CARES Act legislation.
These funds are to provide emergency assistance for students incurring expenses related to the educational disruption caused by the COVID19 Pandemic and the closure of the college campus. All eligible students* will be entitled to grant funds of $250 for the educational disruption caused by campus closure. Eligible students who were displaced from their residences will be entitled to an additional $600.
We understand that students may be experiencing additional hardships due to unexpected costs incurred as a result of campus closure. Students who incurred additional expenses for educational technology, housing, food, transportation, course materials, and medical expenses may be eligible for additional funding. If you are experiencing additional hardship, we ask that you fill out the enclosed form and complete a personal statement explaining your current circumstances and submit it to the Financial Aid office for review. Applications are due by June 30, 2020. If you have any questions regarding your application, you may contact Mr. Connelly, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Initial student payments will be released beginning the week of June 1st.
*The Federal government has indicated that CARES Act funds can only be awarded to Title IV eligible students. Students must fill out a FAFSA in order to determine this eligibility. Students who have not completed a FAFSA may still do so. Contact the Financial aid office, email@example.com, for additional guidance and information.
Christopher D. Scott