CARES Act Reporting

Last Updated: 9/1/2020 7:37 PM

Introduction

Baldy View Regional Occupational Program (Baldy View ROP) is required to provide regular reporting to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on the use of funds authorized by the CARES Act. Funds received by Baldy View ROP under the CARES Act were authorized by Congress and signed into law by the President on March 27, 2020. The information noted below is intended to not only meet the reporting requirements of the CARES Act but also provide information to our ROP community regarding BVROP’s use of the student grant portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).  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 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 childcare).

 

On April 9, 2020, the ED 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).  The Certification and Agreement directs each institution applying for HEERF funds to comply with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act and submit an initial report (the “30-day Fund Report”) to the Secretary thirty (30) days from the date of the institution’s Certification and Agreement to ED. Each HEERF participating institution must post the information listed below on the institution’s primary website. The following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter.

 

Acknowledgement of Funding and Certification

Baldy View ROP acknowledges that the institution’s authorized representative signed and returned to the Department of Education the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement to Students under the CARES Act. Baldy View ROP gives its 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 Award

Baldy View ROP has been awarded a total of $61,625 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. The US Department of Education issued Award No. P425E205482 for a total amount of $30,813 which will be provided directly to students impacted by campus disruptions due to coronavirus.

 

Funds Distributed to Date

The total amount of funds that Baldy View ROP has been awarded from the Department pursuant to Baldy View ROP’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $30,813. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act from the date of funding, August 3, 2020, through the close of business on September 2, 2020, is $0.

 

Student Eligibility

The estimated total number of Baldy View ROP students 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 23. This estimate is based on the number of students who submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

 

Total Student Awards Made

The total number of Baldy View ROP students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act from August 3, 2020, through the close of business on September 2, 2020 is 0.

 

Methods Used to Determine Which Students Received Aid & How Much

Baldy View ROP’s general eligibility criteria for HEERF Emergency Assistance Grant funds are as follows:

  1. Student must be eligible to receive federal financial aid.   Baldy View ROP must have received a processed 2020-2021 FAFSA for the student.
  2. Student has completed a Baldy View ROP application for HEERF under the CARES Act.
  3. Student is currently attending an eligible Adult Program.
  4. Student is making satisfactory academic progress (SAP).

Students were notified by email on August 7, 2020 regarding the eligibility criteria and were also provided the application.

Any remaining funds after the initial funding time period will be awarded to eligible students on a case-by-case basis taking into account each student’s unique circumstances and needs. Baldy View ROP will continue to make awards consistent with the CARES Act and the Schools’ policy until the HEERF Emergency Assistance Grant funds are fully distributed.

 

Emergency Financial Aid Grants will be used to assist students who require financial assistance due to Coronavirus circumstances and expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus. The goal is to keep students on the path to academic success during this unexpected crisis. Emergency Financial Aid Grants help any current enrolled student who faced financial difficulties due to Coronavirus.

 

Links to Baldy View ROP’s CARES ACT Documents

Email to Students

Application