CARES Act Federal Relief Aid
Center for Workforce Development has decided to do a one-time emergency grant from funds received from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
CARES Act emergency grant may be used for expenses incurred because of the disruption of campus operations. This includes:
- Course materials
- Health care
- Child Care
Students who completed a 2019/2020 FAFSA application that was received by the Center for Workforce Development prior to March 13, 2020 are eligible for this grant.
- The emergency grant will only be distributed once to eligible students.
- Students will be notified via e-mail with the emergency grant amount.
- Grants will not be applied toward any current balance owed on a student’s account.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the CARES Act?
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. A section of this package is dedicated to higher education institutions. Monroe-2 BOCES, Center for Workforce Development received a total of $92,085 in aid, of which $46,043 will go directly to support students through emergency grants. These grants are intended to provide economic relief, quickly, to students who may have incurred additional expenses in the spring 2020 semester due to COVID-19 disruption of campus operations.
On May 5, 2020 Monroe-2 BOCES, Center for Workforce Development signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement with the assurance that the school intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
As of the latest report to the ED, the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students is $46,043 and we estimate that 27 students were eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. To date the Center for Workforce Development has distributed Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 27 students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
Who is eligible to receive CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants?
Students who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid can be considered for these funds. The Financial Aid Office will use 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data to determine your eligibility. If you are eligible to file a FAFSA, have not yet filed and need this emergency assistance, please submit a FAFSA at www.studentaid.gov by June 30, 2020. Emergency Grants will be distributed in equal amounts to eligible students.
Under U.S. Department of Education rules for the program, these funds can be awarded to undergraduate students pursuing degree programs who were enrolled at Monroe-2 BOCES, Center for Workforce Development during the spring 2020 semester. Students must have been in enrolled at least half-time to be considered for emergency grants.
What kind of expenses can I use the emergency grant for?
The emergency grants are meant to help students pay expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, child-care, moving costs or other expenses related to the disruption of campus operations.
When will funds be available?
Grants will be disbursed beginning in June 2020. Students will be notified via email from the Financial Aid Office of the amount and other pertinent information.
Do I have to pay this back?
No. Any funds a student receives from the CARES Act will not need to be repaid.
Does this count against my financial aid package?
No. Emergency grants from the CARES Act is not considered student financial aid under federal statute or Department of Education regulations. As such, these funds will not impact your eligibility for traditional financial aid (e.g. grants, scholarships, loans).
Is funding received from the CARES Act considered taxable income?
No. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that emergency grants under the CARES Act are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code and are not considered taxable income.
Can I receive the Emergency Grant more than once?
No. This is a one-time only grant made available through the CARES Act.
Will there be additional CARES Act funding in the future?
At this point, we are only aware of the existing allocation outlined above. We will continue to monitor these funds and any future federal assistance that may benefit Center for Workforce Development students.