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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting

Disclosure and Reporting information

Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”)), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the Act to submit (in a time and manner required by the Secretary) a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”). Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for 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). On April 9, 2020, the Department published documents related to the Emergency Financial Aid Grants, including a letter from Secretary Betsy DeVos, a form Certification and Agreement for signing and returning by institutions to access the funds, and a list of institutional allocations under 18004(a)(1).

Acknowledgement of certification and agreement

Manhattan Christian College acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement andthe assurance that the institution has used, or 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.

Total amount of funds received

The total amount of funds that has received is $102,477 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

  • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students as of June 12, 2020 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is $70,530.
  • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students as of July 27, 2020 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is $74,530.
  • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students as of September 30, 2020 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is $102,477.

Estimated total number of students eligible

  • June 12th, 2020: The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 125.
  • July 27th, 2020: The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was recalculated to 122.
  • October 9th, 2020: The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was recalculated to 122.

Total number of students who have received funds

  • June 12th, 2020: The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 85.
  • July 27th, 2020: The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 121 with one student’s funding to be given with the next round of payments.
  • October 9th, 2020: The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 122.

Method to determine institutional award

The method(s) used by Manhattan Christian College to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Actis as follows. Each of the 125 were(or will be) given a base amount of $450. Students who had other specific expenses or needs related to the direct disruption of campus operations due to CoVid19 were offered an opportunity to apply for additional funds.Those applications were reviewed by a committee of leadership to determine if the application met the criteria set forth by the Secretary, Department of Education guidance and the institutions cost of attendance policies.

Instructions, direction or guidance to students

Finally we are to report “Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.”

The Office of the President as well as Student Financial Services office has communicated to all students by email the receipt, disbursement and eligibility requirements for the HEERF monies. The SFS office also stated the following on the application, “This form will be solely used to process a request for additional emergency federal funds provided through the CARES Act signed March 27, 2020. The additional assistance requested must be directly related to expenses regarding the interruption of campus operations due to CoVID19. Only degree-seeking students who are enrolled in our traditional program credit classes and eligible for federal Title IV funds through MCC are eligible to apply.
There is no guarantee that the funds allotted will cover all the expenses incurred. Funding is limited. Each application will be considered on the basis of the information provided on this application. These funds are not federal student financial aid and will not affect eligibility for federal/state or institutional funds in the future. Be aware that these funds are considered taxable income for the 2020 tax year.”

As MCC has received communications from the Department of Education, as well as other federal, state and local officials; we have updated our CoVID19 Info link on the school’s website.

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