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CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

Alpena Community College
CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund ReportingMay 20, 2020 serving as the 30 Day Report

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the CARES Act, an economic relief package designed to protect the American people from the impacts of COVID-19. A portion of the funding provided was set aside for education called the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). On April 16, 2020, Alpena Community College signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement to participate in the CARES Act - HEERF program. Alpena Community College will use no less than half of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

The Emergency Financial Aid Grant funds are direct payments to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child-care. Alpena Community College is not requiring students to apply for this funding, instead we intend to give each eligible student a portion of these funds based on the contact hours actively enrolled on March 18, 2020. Eligible students will receive a check by US mail, so it is extremely important for all students to have a valid current address on file with ACC. Log into WebAdvisor to update your address.

The portion of the HEERF to go directly to Alpena Community College students as Emergency Financial Aid Grants is $379,927.

The estimated number of students eligible for Emergency Financial Aid Grants is 643.

Total Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed as of May 20, 2020 is $0 to no students at this time. Alpena Community College is carefully evaluating the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education to be sure we comply with all of the fund requirements. Emergency Financial Aid will start being distributed to students in the very near future.

The qualifications for students are: must have been actively enrolled and attending courses on March 18, 2020 during the 2020 Spring semester and must be Title IV eligible. Any student who received Pell Grant or a Federal Student Loan during the Spring 2020 semester is Title IV eligible. Others may qualify to be Title IV eligible if they had completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA prior to the end of the Spring 2020 semester and have ACC listed on that FAFSA. Also to be Title IV eligible, and this is not an exhaustive list, the student must also be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress, not be in default of student loans, be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen, have a valid Social Security Number, have graduated from high school or attained a GED, males over 18 years old must be registered with Selective Service, be enrolled in an eligible academic program, and satisfied the required documentation requested by the ACC Financial Aid Office.