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Required CARES Act Reporting

Required Web-based Report for HEERF Student Aid

Orange County Community College acknowledges an authorized representative of the institution has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and 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.

Orange County Community College has received or will receive $1,702,698 from the Department of Education pursuant to the Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. Orange County Community College will distribute $1,617,562 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Orange County Community College has determined 4,047 students at the institution are 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.

Quarterly Reporting

  • A total of 587 students received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of September 30, 2020, totaling $279,333.18.
  • A total of 2,453 students received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of December 31, 2020, totaling $957,406.88.
  • Total disbursement of Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act funds to date: $1,236,740.06

Orange County Community College has prioritized awarding of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to its students in the following manner (methodology):

Type of Student # of Spring 2020 Students Value of Share Total Allocation
Full Time 1,135 $448.35 $508,877
Full Time w/Pell 987 $596.31 $588,553
¾ Time 392 $336.26 $131,815
¾ Time w/Pell 277 $447.23 $123,882
½ Time 470 $224.17 $105,362
½ Time w/Pell 355 $298.15 $105,844
¼ Time 298 $112.09 $33,402
¼ Time w/Pell 133 $149.08 $19,827

 

TOTAL ALLOCATION $1,617,562

  • Using a web form, the College plans to solicit requests from Spring registrants for financial relief.
  • Each applicant would be asked to attest that they have or will incur allowable expenses of food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, childcare, and/or transportation as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus which equal or exceed the amount of the CARES Act grant award.
  • Each applicant would be asked to attest that they were struggling to cover “cost of attendance” expenses and select one or more categories where they were struggling financially: food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and/or childcare. Students will be notified that the College reserves the right to request documentation at any time to support the request as per ED and SUNY guidance.
  • Each applicant would be asked to provide their Student “A#”; the College would then verify Title IV eligibility and whether the student had received a Pell grant. Students who were Title IV eligible but had not filed a FAFSA would receive a follow-up communication requesting they file a FAFSA to support their application to receive CARES Act funding.
  • The communication and distribution of the award amount will be on a first come, first served basis, but all eligible Spring 2020 students are budgeted to receive a share.

Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, students received awards ranging from $112.09 to $596.31

Distribution of CARES Act Funds began on July 1 in accordance with the Plan approved by SUNY and described in our SUNY Orange Amended CARES Act Plan for Phase 1 (PDF) - Updated October 26, 2020.