Richmond Community College (College) acknowledges the College signed and returned to the Department of Education (Department) the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CARES Act on April 23, 2020. This includes assurance that the college 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. The College was awarded $1,993,968.00 and has certified that at least $996,984.00 will be awarded directly to students.
The college received a Grant Award Notification from the US Department of Education on May 4, 2020 in the amount of $996,984.00 pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
As of May 22, Richmond Community College has distributed $828,000 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 828 students under the Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
The estimated total number of students enrolled in the spring 2020 semester who are or could be 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 1,093.
The methodology used by the College is as follows:
The Leadership Team of Richmond Community College reviewed the guidelines provided by the US Department of Education as it pertained to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. It was the consensus of the group that all students still enrolled as of March 13, 2020 (except those enrolled in online classes only) were affected by the campus disruption, and therefore, if they met the requirements, should be eligible for funding. In the document entitled Frequently Asked Questions about the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under Section 18004 of the CARES Act, question #9 states:
“What students are eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants from the HEERF (Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund)?
Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. If a student has filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 the HEA. Students who have not filed a FAFSA but who are eligible to file a FAFSA also may receive emergency financial aid grants. The criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include but are not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.”
Students who had not filed a FAFSA were given the opportunity to do so before an established deadline. If they missed that deadline, they were given one more opportunity to submit a COVID-19 Federal Award Application to the financial aid office. All students who were enrolled as of March 13th and met the above criteria were eligible for $1,000, regardless of their course load.
Students who had not completed a FAFSA application by the established deadlines were given an opportunity to complete a COVID-19 Federal Award Application. See document 1:
On May 4, 2020, text and email were sent to all eligible students stating:
Richmond Community College is very much aware of how the coronavirus disruption has affected Workforce and Economic Development (WED) students. Unforeseen expenses can challenge even the best of circumstances. However, I am writing you to let you know you may be eligible to receive funding for some of those unforeseen expenses you incurred.
Richmond Community College is eligible to receive funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Security (CARES) Act to provide an emergency grant to students.
What must you do to apply for this money?
You must complete the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form by May 8, 2020. Even though WED students are not eligible to receive the Pell Grant, the financial aid information you submit on the application will help the Financial Aid Office determine if you are eligible for CARES Act funding.
If you have any questions or need help completing the application, please call one of the Financial Aid representatives listed below.
- Andrea Daniels (910) 410-1724
- Mary Bostic (910) 410-1739
- Dawn McElroy (910) 410-1723
- Crystal Shepard (910) 410-1727
- Kelly Ashby (910) 410-1908
FAFSA website for application:
Remember, you must submit this application by May 8, 2020 so we can have your information by May 15, 2020.
Sharon B. Goodman
Vice President of Student Services