CARES ACT

Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:

  1. An acknowledgment that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that 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.
  2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. SCCC received $578,418.00 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter). The College is in the process of sending out applications to students who meet eligibility requirements.
  4. The estimated total number of students at the institution 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. Currently, 1,359 students may be eligible to receive the CARES Act funding. Within this group, 818 students have met all of the requirements.
  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. The College is in the process of sending out applications to eligible students. No students have received funds at this time.
  6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

All SCCC students will be reviewed for eligibility for the CARES Act funding. In order to receive an application for the grant, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. I was enrolled at SCCC for the Spring 2020 semester.
  2. Has filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years. Students do not have to show financial need to receive a grant.
  3. Students must meet Title IV eligibility requirements under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program
  • Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress
  • Not owe an overpayment 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 and the student’s Social Security Number
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident or other eligible noncitizens.
  • Have returned fraudulently obtained 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
  • Have Selective Service registration verified
  • Have Social Security Number verified
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.
    1. If selected for federal verification, all documents must be received and reviewed by the Financial Aid Office prior to submitting an application.

Students who meet the above criteria will be sent an application to apply for the CARES Grant via an email to their Sussex email account. Students must submit the application by June 8th, 2020.

Eligible students will receive four payments over the course of the summer and fall semesters as long as they maintain their enrollment with Sussex County Community College.  The payments will be made directly to the student. The amount of disbursements will be based on the number of eligible students who apply. Students are strongly urged to enroll in E-Refund through their Cashnet account. The payment schedule is as follows:

  • Week of June 1st                 
  • Week of August 1st            
  • Week of October 1st           
  • Week of December 1st         

Students must remain enrolled at SCCC through the Fall 2020 semester to receive all disbursements.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. This section will list what is explained in the email to students instructing them on how to complete the Survey Monkey application.

*Note: In preparing the 30-day Fund Report, institutions should use data suppression and other methodologies to comply with, and protect the personally identifiable information from student education records, under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99). For example, the Department does not expect institutions to report information about a group of 10 or fewer students.  For example, if the total number of eligible students, the total number of students who received Emergency Financial Aid Grants, or the difference between the two numbers is less than 10, then the institution should not display the number of students or the amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students on publicly available website(s) controlled by the institution.

Institutions that accurately report the information listed above will meet the initial reporting requirements. For subsequent reports and reporting for other related HEERF programs, the Department will notify participating institutions of the Department’s preferred reporting method. The Department may choose to collect additional information from institutions in accordance with the reporting requirement stated at Section 18(e) of the CARES Act and the Certification and Agreement.

Cares Act Report ending 9/30/2020