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

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

CARES funding has been exhausted, application is no longer available

UPDATE: October 23, 2020

Central Lakes College received $829,096 in Federal CARES funding that was to be distributed directly to students. Of this amount, $57,596 remained to be disbursed to students in the form of a CARES Emergency Grant for this past summer and current fall terms. Students were required to submit an application explaining their emergency needs due COVID related issues. $9,500 was given to approved CARES Emergency Grant applicants during the summer term (May through August 2020). The remaining $48,096 was disbursed directly to fall CARES Emergency Grant applicants (August through October 2020).

Eligibility
Students who meet all criteria below are eligible to apply:
1. Working towards a degree or certificate at Central Lakes College.
2. Enrolled in Fall term 2020 in at least one in-person/face to face course, even if that course moved to an online format due to the coronavirus.
3. Demonstrates eligibility for Federal Title IV financial aid by having a FAFSA on file.

*Per the US Department of Education, international students, students enrolled exclusively in online courses and students taking college courses as part of their high school studies are not eligible to receive CARES Act funding.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Information
Central Lakes College (CLC) completed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the required Certification and Agreement application to receive CARES Act funding.  On April 28, 2020, we were approved to receive $1,658,191 in CARES Act dollars.   CLC intends to distribute no less than 50% of this appropriation to eligible students as required by the CARES Act agreement.

Distribution
As of May 11, 2020, CLC has distributed $771,500 in CARES Act funding directly to eligible students.  These grants are designed to assist students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.  Expenses considered included food, housing, course materials, technology, health and child care.

Eligibility
During spring semester 2020, CLC had 1826 students who met basic eligibility requirements to be considered for this funding (Section 484 Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965) thus potentially eligible to be awarded CARES Act funding.  Of this number 1395 received CARES Act award.

Who is eligible for CARES Act Grants
Eligibility criteria for CARES Act funding was determined based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Office of General Counsel.  Eligible students must have been enrolled and actively participating in at least one Spring Semester 2020 course.

Who is not eligible for CARES Act Grants
Those who are not eligible include High school students, College in the Schools students, PSEO students, those being assessed senior citizen tuition rates, incarcerated students, faculty or staff who received tuition waivers, students receiving full tuition reimbursement from a 3rd Party vendor, entirely online students prior to 3/5/2020, International students, DACA/Dream Act students and those enrolled in non-credit courses.

Process
CLC is making CARES Act Grants to students through two methods.  Eligible students received based on the following formula:

* Registered for 1-5 credits = $200

* Registered for 6-12 credits = $300

* Registered for 13+ credits = $400

* Pell recipients who were registered for at least one credit received an additional $500

A portion of the funding has been retained for distribution through an Emergency Grant program.  Eligible students who had additional expenses related to COVID-19, including items like food, housing, course materials, technology health care and child care, are able to complete a brief application to receive additional funding.  These emergency funds cannot be applied directly to institutional charges on a students account.

Contact
Students with questions about receiving CARES Act funding may contact Central Lakes College at 218-855-8031.

Detailed Information
The federal government recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. A portion of CARES funds are directed toward supporting students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn.

The CARES Act requires that the emergency money distributed to students be used to cover student expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Eligible expenses include the student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

Central Lakes College will disburse these funds using Bank Mobile. To avoid unnecessary delays, please sign into your Bank Mobile account and verify your refund preference.  If you do not have a Bank Mobile account, please contact cashiers@clcmn.edu or call 218-855-8029 for an activation code. My hope is that these funds allow you to continue pursuing your educational goals.

At this time, the federal government has not issued guidance regarding the tax status of this disbursement.  Please be advised this grant may be counted as income when you do your 2020 taxes.

If you have any questions about these grants, please contact our Campus Welcome Center at 218-855-8000.

This is a challenging time and I know you may be feeling stressed or anxious.  You can seek support services on our campus by contacting CLC’s Counselor, Suzanne Karsnia, at 218-855-8015.  In addition, United Healthcare is offering a free emotional support help line for all students through Optum, one of their subsidiary companies.  Their 24/7 toll-free helpline number, 866-342-6892, is free of charge and open to any student.

We, the Central Lakes College Community, will get through this together.  Know that our faculty and staff are dedicated to ensuring you complete the semester successfully.

Cares Act Student Stimulus Funds To Be Disbursed by CLC
These funds will be disbursed to students from Central Lakes College using Bank Mobile. Please sign into your Bank Mobile account to verify your refund preference. If you do not have a Bank Mobile account, please contact cashiers@clcmn.edu or call 218-855-8029 for an activation code

Based on my financial aid award for Spring Semester, 2020:

I received my refund as a direct deposit to my existing bank account. *
This means your federal CARES Act stimulus funds will also be directly deposited to your bank account and no further action is required. *

I received my spring semester refund right on my Bank Mobile/CLC Student ID Card.*
This means your federal CARES Act stimulus funds will also be deposited to your Bank Mobile/CLC Student ID Card and no further action is required. *

I received my spring semester refund as a check from Central Lakes College. *
This means that we need to visit.  There are a variety of reasons why your refund would have been mailed from Central Lakes College.  Please email cashiers@clcmn.edu so we can research your individual circumstances and not delay your stimulus fund disbursement.

I received my spring semester refund as a check from Bank Mobile. *
This means that you haven’t yet established a refund preference with Bank Mobile, which will delay your stimulus dollars.  Let us help!  Please email cashiers@clcmn.edu and we can send an activation code to you with a link to set your refund preference.

I did not receive a financial aid refund for spring semester. *
This does not mean that you are not entitled to receive federal CARES Act stimulus funds from CLC, however, you will need to establish a refund preference in Bank Mobile.  Please email cashiers@clcmn.edu so that we can send you an activation code and link to set things up.

I never received/can’t find/don’t know what a Bank Mobile/Student ID card is, or have extenuating circumstances. *
Email cashiers@clcmn.edu and we can help.  There is no need to wait for a new card to arrive in the mail, because an activation code can be emailed immediately.  If you have other questions, please contact us because we want to help.  The CLC business office are working remotely.  Please email cashiers@clcmn.edu or call 218-855-8029, if you need assistance.

*ALL students are strongly encouraged to sign into their Bank Mobile and/or E-Services account(s) to verify their contact and preference information, especially if changes to address, phone, or financial institution have occurred within the past six months.

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