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UL provides update on CARES funds for students

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Cecil Davis | 23 May, 2020, 12:54

Hamline University was awarded $1,285,114 by the U.S. Department of Education (Ed) in accordance with Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.

"The generosity of the Post-9/11 GI Bill likely contributes to this disparity; however, the generosity of the GI Bill does not mean that campus-based student veterans were not affected by the disruptions caused by coronavirus, which is the stated reason for the grants", said the advocacy group. More than 4,500 CTC students worldwide may be eligible for funding. Also, Early College High School and other dual credit students are not eligible.

The Department of Education has established strict guidelines on eligibility requirements.

"Our staff members in the Official of Financial Aid continue to process applications efficiently with the goal of quickly distributing the funds to all in-need students who qualify", said Tech President Dr. Les Guice.

These federal funds can also help support the schools and programs eligible under the Native Hawaiian Education Act, which creates educational opportunities for Native Hawaiian children. Students were invited to contact the Dean of Students Office if they had questions.

Eligible students should submit the CARES ACT Emergency Student Aid application using the CTC online Etrieve system.

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Funding from the CARES Act is a one-time grant. It does not reduce, negate or replace financial aid.

In order to receive CARES Act funding from the university, students had to complete a self-certification survey which they received via text or email, he said.

In fact, California Community Colleges last week sued the education department for leaving out student veterans as well as undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students from federal COVID-19 emergency aid. Students living in residence halls and with meal cards received the reimbursements. If a student worked on campus and the job was suspended because the college changed operationally due to the coronavirus, funds may be used to pay for expenses previously covered by the lost income.

Florida Southern College in Lakeland received about $2.2 million in emergency aid, spokesman Grant Heston said.

Some of that total came from a Deacon's Fund for students who have experienced a severe financial hardship during the pandemic, such as sickness, unemployment or a death in the family, the statement said. The Eagle Aid application can be found on the CTC website.