CARES Act - Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds

Seattle Central College applied for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) funds and will comply with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act and submit an initial report (the "30-day Fund Report") to the Secretary thirty (30) days from the date of the institution's Certification and Agreement to the Department by posting the required information to this website and updating every 45 days thereafter.
 
Seattle Central College is posting this information to comply with the reporting requirements listed below:

1. An acknowledgement 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.

Seattle Central College 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.

Seattle Central College received $1,626,299 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] 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).

Seattle Central College has distributed $1,136,872 to students as of July 28, 2020

4. The estimated total number of students at the institution who are or could be eligible to participate in the Federal student financial aid programs under  Section 484  of the Higher Education Act  of 1965, as amended,  and thus are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

There were 2,063 students potentially eligible based on eligibility criteria as of April 22, 2020

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. (For example, if you have not issued grants to students yet or have issued fewer than 10 grants, you should indicate that <10 students have received a grant)

As of July 28, 2020, 1,947 Seattle Central College students have received a disbursement from CARES Act funding.

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.

Seattle Central College awarded funds to students that met the following criteria:

Have a valid FAFSA on file for 2019-2020

  • Must have a valid SSN (as outlined in IFAP for Title IV eligibility)
  • Have a HS diploma or equivalent (as outlined in IFAP for Title IV eligibility)
  • Not be in repayment status for Title IV funds (as outlined in IFAP for Title IV eligibility
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (as outlined in IFAP for Title IV eligibility)
  • All other general Title IV eligibility criteria as outlined in section 484 of the Higher Education Act (HEA)

Students pursuing a Title IV eligible program and enrolled in at least 1 credit for spring quarter

  • Students who are incarcerated aren’t eligible
  • Students enrolled in all correspondence classes aren’t eligible

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

Below is the email sent to all eligible recipients on May 5, 2020

Dear Student,

Under the Department of Education CARES ACT Emergency funds guidelines, Seattle Central College has determined you are an eligible recipient. We are in the process of disbursing funds which you will receive through your Bank Mobile Account. It will take some time to work through the process of disbursing the funds, but you can help expedite the process by ensuring your Bank Mobile account is activated and you’ve selected your refund preference.

Visit www.bankmobilevibe.com to view your account and refund selection.

If you haven’t activated your account yet, you can request a Personal Code from www.refundselection.com or you can send us an Email at CaresFund.Central@seattlecolleges.edu for assistance.