Texas Community Colleges

WTC CARES Act Fund Report

 

The information below is provided in compliance with the Department of Education’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Reporting requirements. The information in this report was compiled on July 7, 2020, and the total amount allocated to student emergency financial aid grants, $278,057.50 has been dispersed. 

1. An acknowledgment that the institution signed and returned to the Department of Education 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. 

Western Texas College acknowledges that it signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education on May 4, 2020, the Certification and Agreement and has used no less than 50% of the $556,115 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 of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. 

Western Texas College received $278,057.50 to support students who incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

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. 

As of July 7, 2020, Western Texas College has distributed $278,057.78 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to eligible students. 

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. 

Western Texas College estimates approximately 245 Western Texas College students were eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. 172 applications were received.        

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. 

As of July 7, 2020, Western Texas College distributed CARES Act funds to 143 eligible students. 

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. 

Western Texas College created an online application for students to use to apply for CARES Act funds. The $1,944.46 amount each student received was determined by the number of eligible students applying for aid and the amount allocated to WTC. In order to comply with the guidance received from the US Department of Education, students who wish to apply for and receive this assistance must: 

  • Complete the WTC CARES online application
  • Been enrolled in the spring 2020 semester
  • Acknowledge need in one or more of the noted areas of food, housing, course materials, technology, health care or childcare
  • Have completed 2019-2020 FAFSA or be eligible for Title IV funding 

In addition, the U.S. Department of Education determined students enrolled solely in online classes, students who withdrew from all their classes prior to March 13, 2020, dual credit students, and international and undocumented students were not eligible for federal grants. 

7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. 

Students were notified about the CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants and the application procedure through college correspondence, social media, and our WTC website. Once the application was completed, eligibility was confirmed. Students who were found not to be eligible received a letter informing them of that decision. Eligible students received an award letter and check through the USPS to the address they provided in their application.

 

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