CARES Act Reporting

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

The information below is provided in compliance with the Department of Education’s CARES Act Reporting requirements.

South Suburban College acknowledges that it signed and returned the federal Certification and Agreement to receive CARES Act funding on April 15, 2020 and agreed to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Grants to students.

The College received $1,104,212.00 from the US Department of Education for CARES Emergency Financial Aid Grants to be distributed to students.

As of July 9, 2020, SSC has distributed $861,850.00 directly to students, in accordance with Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

The 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 2,048 students.

As of July 9, 2020, SSC has distributed CARES Act funds to 1,500 students.

The College first disbursed the aid using a need based formula related to the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on the student’s ISIR.  A graduated disbursement formula was then developed which took into account the total amount of CARES Act money available to our Pell recipients (75%) and our non-Pell recipients (25%).  Disbursements for each of our two categories was then further broken down by enrollment status of full-time, three quarter time, half time, and less than half time.

These disbursements were made to students who are meeting satisfactory progress guidelines, taking college credit courses, and not exclusively taking on-line courses.

The College is working on a needs based application to further assist our students successfully manage their educational experience.  A needs assessment survey was emailed to all of our students to help the College understand their levels of support that is needed.