CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act Disclosure

Participation Acknowledgment

Benedict College applied for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) on April 10, 2020. The certification and agreement require Benedict to utilize 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 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, healthcare and childcare).

Under HEERF, Benedict College was allocated $2,186,168 to provide emergency grants directly to students. The following information provides award and recipient details:

Total Amount of Funds Received:

On April 27, 2020, Benedict College received the Emergency Financial Aid Grants for students in the amount of $2,186,168.

Total Amount of Funds Distributed as of September 4, 2020:

As of September 4, 2020, Benedict College has posted and disbursed Cares Act funds to students as listed below:

Total Posted                            $1,492,117.09
Total Payments Processed   $1,418,561.85

Estimated Number of Students Eligible:

During Spring 2020, Benedict College had 1646 eligible Title IV recipients. For purposes of this grant, a Title IV recipient meets the following criteria:

  • received federal funding during the spring 2020 semester;
  • was not enrolled in an online academic program; and
  • was not incarcerated (participants of the Second Chance Pell program).

Total Number of Students that Received Aid:

As of July 7, 2020, ­­­1646 students were eligible; 445 eligible students applied for, and received additional emergency aid.

Spring 2020 Recipients:

All 1646 spring Title IV recipients received $250.00 to assist with disruptions caused by COVID-19.  Total Distribution: $411,500.

Additionally, $623,867.09, has been distributed to 445 students in accordance with the Emergency Student Aid Application Process. Eligible students are required to complete the COVID-19 Student Emergency Aid Application.

Instructions to Students and Method Used to Determine Grant Emergency Aid Recipients:

Students with direct needs may access the COVID-19 Student Emergency Aid Application by signing into their Tiger Portal account. Once logged in, students must access the tab entitled “Forms” and click the application link and complete the form indicating specific categories of need with the option to request aid for multiple categories. For each category selected, students must submit supporting documentation (i.e., account statement, monthly invoice, loss of employment letter etc.) for review by the committee. Food/laptop needs do not require documentation. Once the student successfully uploads documentation, student submits the application. The committee meets Monday-Friday to review all submitted requests. Students who submit incomplete applications are contacted by text, email and phone to submit missing paperwork. The committee approves each submission based on demonstrated and verified need.

The remaining approximately 50% or $1,150,800.91 will be allocated in the same manner as outlined above for enrolled, Title IV eligible students at Benedict College, during Fall 2020. 

This report will be updated every 45 days.

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