LCCC COVID-19 CARES Act
On April 16, 2020, Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement assuring 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.
LCCC received $1,603,163 from the Department pursuant to the institution's Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
As of July 7, 2020, LCCC has distributed $420,600 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission.
As of July 8, 2020, 3,274 students at LCCC are eligible to participate in the Federal student financial aid programs under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and thus are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
As of July 7, 2020, 1,134 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act based on the criteria outlined below.
The Criteria for Cares Act Eligibility:
- Must meet all eligibility checks under Section 484 of the HEA which includes but are not limited to the following: U.S. Citizenship or eligible non-citizen; a valid social security number; registration with Selective Service (if male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved home-school setting.
- Per NASFAA (https://www.nasfaa.org/covid19 heerf) Section 484 of the HEA states that Title IV eligible students must:
- Be enrolled or accepted enrollment in a degree or certificate program
- Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school
- For currently enrolled student, be making satisfactory academic progress
- Not owe an over payment on Title IV grants or loans
- Not be in default on a Title IV loan
- File "as part of the original financial aid application process" a certification that includes
- A statement of educational purpose
- Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible non-citizens
- Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges
- Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits
- Have repaid Title IV loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently
- Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.
- Students must file a FAFSA to determine title IV eligibility, and not for demonstrating financial need.
Cares Act Ineligible Students:
Regulations state that DACA students, undocumented students, fully online-only program students, and international students are not eligible for Cares Act grant funds.
Determination of Award Amounts
Award amounts are determined based on COVID-19 impact, as declared by the student via the online application and prioritized by the students with the greatest need. There is an established maximum funding threshold to ensure that funds are distributed as widely as possible.
Distribution of Funds
Enrolled students in at least one face to face course in Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 have been notified of grant funding via email to the College email account and via LCCC student intranet web page. Students complete an online Cares Act grant application indicating what expenses they have incurred and the reasons. Reasons for requesting funding may include childcare, food/meals, housing and utility costs, technology-related expenses, books and supplies, others requiring explanation. Students provide an explanation of expenses that best describes how you have been impacted by COVID-19, including caring for family member with COVID-19, being diagnosed with COVID-19, permanently laid off from job, reduction of work hours, etc.