CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students Report
July 7, 2020Napa Valley College submitted the Certification and Agreement forms required to request Emergency Student Aid and the Institutional Portions of the CARES Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) in mid-April 2020. Napa Valley College 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.
|Total amount of funds that Napa Valley College from the Department pursuant to the institution's Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students||$ 1,062,541|
|The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 30, 2020||$ 641,900|
|The estimated total number of students at Napa Valley College who 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||2,814|
|The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.||1,834|
All students are eligible for the CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grant.
Department guidance states that emergency financial aid grants under Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act may only be given to 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). To qualify under this strict criteria, students must meet the following requirements:
In order to determine a student's eligibility for Title IV assistance as defined above, Napa Valley College requires that students who wish to be considered for a CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grant submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit all documents required to verify their Title IV eligibility if requested. Napa Valley College and the Napa Valley College Foundation have coordinated efforts to provide emergency funds from multiple sources to students, including CARES Act funds. An Emergency Funding for Students web page was developed and made available on the Napa Valley College COVID-19 Emergency Response Web Site. All Emergency Relief Grants are currently set at $350.
- Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Have a valid social security number
- Have registered for Selective Service (if male)
- Be a high school graduate, have a GED, or high school equivalency
- Be accepted as a regular student enrolled in a Title IV eligible program
- Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress according to Federal Student Aid requirements
- Not be in default on a federal student loan
- Not owe money on a federal student grant
- Other criteria as required by federal law
To apply for all available emergency grant funds, students are asked to submit both the FAFSA and the NVC Foundation Action Strike Team (FAST) Relief Fund application. Students with a completed financial aid file are automatically considered for the CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grant. Applicants are reviewed by Financial Aid Professionals to determine Title IV eligibility for CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants. Students who are not Title IV eligible, or whose eligibility cannot be determined, are forwarded to the NVC Foundation to be considered for a FAST Emergency Relief grant. Foundation funds depend on the generosity of private donors, so funds for FAST emergency relief grants are limited. Students are urged to submit the FAFSA and all documents requested to verify their Title IV eligibility in order to be determined eligible for the CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grant.
This report will be update every 30-45 days.