Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
Jamestown Business College (JBC) signed and returned the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Certification and Agreement on April 16, 2020. The college received the HEERF funds on May 4, 2020.
JBC will distribute at least 50% of the funds allocated under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
Amount of funds received from the Department:
JBC was allocated $288,746 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants for students.
Amount of Funds Currently Distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:
JBC has distributed $75,525 as of May 20, 2020.
Estimated total number of students eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:
237 students are eligible for Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
Total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:
Of the 237 eligible students, 160 responded confirming a need due to disruption of college operations due to the Corona Virus. ($75,525) of the funds were distributed to this group, resulting in $475 per student.
28 students responded they have not experienced any financial impact due to COVID-19 and/or switching to remote learning. These students were personally contacted to ensure they fully understood the purpose of HEERF and the allowable expenses allowed under the grant.
49 students to date have not responded to college communications. The college is following up with these students through texts and calls.
Method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:
Understanding that most of our students were affected by COVID-19 and the change from on ground to remote courses, the college decided to get an initial distribution of $475 per student of the student Grant out quickly by surveying eligible students to determine initial need. All eligible students who respond with a financial need from COVID-19 and moving coursework to a remote format would receive an initial distribution.
50% of the funds was retained to be allocated for specific needs. Students will be surveyed to determine specific needs that may not be covered by the initial distribution.
The remaining funds are being retained for students who initially declined Emergency Financial Aid Grant funds and subsequently experience an unexpected need, or students who have an exceptional circumstance occur (i.e. unexpected layoff of family member or self)
Instructions, Directions, and Guidance Provided to Students:
The CARES Act Information Request
The U.S. Department of Education has made Emergency Financial Aid Grants available to students of our institution who need financial support for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus. The Department of Education has awarded the college a specific amount of funds for distribution. These funds are intended to assist students with expenses related to the change in educational delivery.
The Department of Education has also released a number or rules associated with the distribution of funds that the college must follow as well as eligibility requirements. This application permits students to apply for these need-based grants. Campus administration will use the information you provide here to determine your eligibility for a grant and the amount for which you will be eligible. Additional information will be collected from eligible students at a later date.
In order to be eligible for any funds, the following information MUST be completed and submitted to JBC by FRIDAY, MAY 15.
- Please provide the college with an updated mailing address. (Due to the Department of Education’s requirements, it is important that we have regular contact with you through the distribution of these funds).
- Please provide the college with an updated phone number. (If your phone number changes, please update the college as soon as possible).
- Have you incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
Please check: yes or no.
(A future survey will be provided to collect specific information from students who have incurred financial expenses related to COVID-19; please check your JBC email regularly).
- Please read the following statement. I attest that all information is true and accurate, and I am requesting an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to help cover the cost of expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I understand that I will be unable to revise this request after submitting it, and I understand that the administrator of my school will determine my eligibility for grant monies based on my responses to the questions above and according to the guidelines set forth by the Department of Education. If you have read and understand the above information, please type the words: I HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND, AND AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION. ALSO TYPE YOUR FULL, LEGAL NAME, THE DATE AND THE LAST 4 DIGITS OF YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. (Typing this statement will constitute your legal signature.)
- The college will keep you informed as to the process and time frame of the distribution of funds to those who qualify. Please check your email regularly for communication as there will be deadlines. For all students who qualify, we want to get these funds out to you as quickly as possible, but we are required by the Department of Education to collect information prior to the distribution of the funds. If these deadlines are not met or the requested information is not provided or not provided correctly, you could experience a delay in receiving the funds that you may qualify for. PLEASE TYPE BELOW THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE ABOVE STATEMENT.
Jamestown Business College
Section 18004 CARES ACT – Student Acceptance of Emergency Financial Aid (“Aid”)
I certify the following:
- All information provided as part of the initial application is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.
- I understand that any money awarded from this grant is to be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. These expenses include eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance in the calculation of Federal Financial Aid, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare. The money I am receiving is intended to cover my expenses related to the disruption of campus operations.
Type Your Full Name:
Last 4 digits of your Social Security Number