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Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act)




The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-IHE/Student Aid provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet. Institutions have the responsibility of determining how grants will be distributed to students, how the amount of each student grant is calculated, and the development of any instructions or directions that are provided to students about the grant.

Funding is distributed to institutions using a formula based on student enrollment. Of the amount allocated to each institution under this formula, at least 50 percent must be reserved to provide students with emergency financial aid grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. The only statutory requirement is that the funds be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

Ventura Adult and Continuing Education (VACE), acknowledges that it signed and returned the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement for the Student Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Of the $207,297, VACE will use no less than 50% for the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

VACE has received $103,649 from the Department of Education pursuant to our Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

The amount of $101,700 was distributed to VACE students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 15, 2020.

Eighty students at VACE were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus able to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

As of July 20, sixty-nine students will receive an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Checks were issued to the students and mailed to the address that they designated on their CARES Act Application. Students were notified in multiple ways, multiple times if necessary, to submit an application: email, phone, text.

VACE determined which students qualified for the CARES Act funds based on financial need. All the students who qualified filled out a FAFSA. Those who were eligible for Pell Grants qualified immediately. Those with loans were reviewed individually. If they had loans and were holders of bachelor’s degrees, their income was taken into consideration, and where appropriate, professional judgement was used. If students were loan recipients because of high EFC in 2017 and 2018, their current financial situation was reviewed. If their income had dropped significantly, we used professional judgement where appropriate to qualify them. Once qualified financially, students were required to be participating in VACE’s CTE program via Distance Learning classes and making progress in their programs.

VACE determined we would disburse the money as follows:

Dependent Student: $500 each month that they participated between April and June.
Independent Student: $500 each month that they participated between April and June, plus $100 each per spouse and child multiplied times the number of months the student participated between April and June.

As of July 15, 2020, VACE distributed $101,700 to sixty-nine eligible students. Awards ranged from $500 to $3,000. The median was $1,500, the mean $1,474.

Students were contacted by email to let them know about the CARES Act funds.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report
First Quarter Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004