As part of the federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, Robeson Community College (RCC) signed and submitted a Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education and was allocated $1,637,622 from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), of which 50% or $818,811 will be provided as direct payments to students as an emergency financial aid grant for expenses incurred related to the disruption of campus operations due to Coronavirus. RCC received an additional $183,428 allocation as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI). The process listed below is for the initial 50% of RCC’s allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students.
To APPLY, students can complete the online certification form
RCC has adopted the following process to select eligible students and disburse the CARES Act emergency financial aid grants.
- An eligible student must have a FAFSA on file and meet the following Title IV eligibility criteria defined by Sec. 484 of the HEA:
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program.
- Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school.
- For currently enrolled students, 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.
- Student’s SSN.
- Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen.
- Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges.
- Not have fraudulently received 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.
- Student must have been enrolled in curriculum courses as of March 23, 2020 for the Spring 2020 semester.
- Student must not be enrolled in the following online programs:
- Associate in Arts – A10100DL
- Business Administration – A25120DL
- Criminal Justice Technology – A55180DL
- Students can apply electronically to certify that s/he incurred expenses related to the campus disruption due to Coronavirus (students who receive funding are not required to record or track how it is spent).
- Amounts are awarded based on financial need as determined by the student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and enrollment status for the Spring 2020 semester as listed below:
- EFC 0-2500: $1500
- EFC 2501-5700: $1000
- EFC 5701 -8500: $500
- EFC 8501 and higher: $250*
*Priority awarding will be given to students in the above EFC ranges for the first round. After the first round of distributions, students with EFC of 8501 and higher will be awarded.
- Furthermore, awarded amounts will be prorated based on the student’s enrollment status for the Spring 2020 semester as follows:
- 12+ credits: 100%
- 9-11 credits: 75%
- 6-8 credits: 50%
- 1-5 credits: 25%
- Funds will be distributed by the Business Office to students via a check mailed to the address on file
**Awards are subject to the availability of funds.
Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the Act to report the following information (updated as of 07/08/2020):
- 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). $372,250
- 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. 938 students
- The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. 323 recipients
- 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.
- Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.