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As required under Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), JCCC is reporting the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

  1. On April 10, 2020, JCCC signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for allocation of funds. On April 27, 2020, JCCC received a Grant Award Notification that funds had been awarded.  JCCC will utilize no less than 50% of funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students ($2,540,143 out of $5,080,285).

  2. $2,540,143: Represents the total amount of funds that JCCC has received from the Department pursuant to JCCC’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

  3. $1,111,500: Represents the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 14, 2020.

  4. 4,386: Represents the estimated total number of students at JCCC eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  5. 1,273: Represents the total number of JCCC students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 14, 2020.

  6. Describe the method(s) used by JCCC to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

    With the transition to online courses in the Spring 2020 semester, as a result of the county stay-at-home order, JCCC created an application for students to apply for assistance under the Act. Enrollment in 6 or more credit hours was required.

    For the Summer 2020 semester, JCCC awarded $250 to any student who met eligibility requirements and were enrolled in a minimum of 6 or more credit hours.  An application to apply for additional assistance was also available, requiring 3 or more credit hours of enrollment.

    Applications are reviewed to ensure costs documented are in fact related to the campus closure as stipulated.  Students are required to be degree or certificate seeking and have current enrollment.  Per the Department of Education guidance, students must not have been enrolled in all-online programs prior to March 13.  JCCC does not have any programs which are offered exclusively online. 

    Grants are funded to eligible students using a matrix, based on a student’s EFC (Expected Family Contribution) from the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Grant amounts range from $250 - $1,250.

  7. Describe instructions, directions, or guidance provided by JCCC to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

    All Spring 2020 students were notified by email of the availability of the application. 

    Current students with a FAFSA on file were notified of the availability of the Summer 2020 application at the time the application opened.

    Application information and link are visible on the JCCC website.  Application information is also provided within the designated web page for JCCC Student Resources available during the pandemic.  The application link is open and visible inside each student’s personalized scholarship portal for the duration of the semester. 

    JCCC coordinated a social media campaign and provided a public press release about the funding opportunity.  Faculty and Staff were notified of the application availability and details through multiple internal communications.  Faculty and Staff were also advised to encourage students, who have asked questions or expressed the need for help during the pandemic, to complete the application.

    JCCC will analyze funding levels for continuation of grant awarding through the Fall 2020 semester.