Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”) Report
- On April 18, 2020 Northern Maine Community College signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the 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.
- The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. $327,714
- The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter). As of May 13, 2020 the amount disbursed is $59,449.
- 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. 648 students are estimated to be eligible.
- The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. 50 students have received funds as of May 13, 2020.
- The 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.
- Students request an amount either by completing an online application or email
- College counselors discuss the type of needs and amount requested and approve, modify, or deny the request.
- Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
- Students have been notified of CARES Act funding via email, student portal, personal outreach from college counselors and other officials
- Students must either complete the online application or send an email BIT@NMCC.edu articulating their covid-19 related needs.
- All applications for funds are reviewed with the student applicant to determine need, eligibility for funding, and other. Specifically,
“Students attest to meeting all eligibility requirements for HEERF grants when applying for assistance. CARES Act emergency funds are for the sole and exclusive purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus; such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care expenses.
Eligibility Criteria – CARES Act
Because CARES Act emergency funds are federally-funded, eligibility has been restricted by the U.S. Department of Education to students who could file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and participate in the federal student aid programs.
To be eligible, you must:
– Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at the College;
– Have a high school diploma, a home school diploma, or GED;
– Be making satisfactory academic progress;
– Not owe a refund on a federal Title IV education grant;
– Not be in default on a federal Title IV education loan;
– Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or other eligible non-citizen;
– Not have fraudulently exceeded federal Title IV education loan limits;
– Be registered with the Selective Service if male and required to register;
– Have a valid Social Security Number;
– Not have a federal or state conviction for using or distributing illegal drugs while receiving federal Title IV education assistance.
Additionally, students who were enrolled exclusively in an online program (all online classes) as of March 13, 2020 are not eligible to apply for CARES Act funding.
Completing this request form is not a guarantee of funding; each request will be reviewed and students will be notified of the status of their request.”