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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Round 1

6/30/21

An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the US 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.

Amarillo College acknowledges that it signed and returned the federal Certification and Agreement to receive CARES Act funding on  May 18, 2020 and agreed to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

The total amount of funds that the institution will receive, or has received under the HEERF student portion.

Amarillo College received $2,397,197 million from the US Department of Education for CARES emergency financial aid grants to be distributed to students.

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 June 30th, 2021 Amarillo College has distributed $2,397,197 in CARES Act funding to 4,918 eligible students.

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 therefore eligible to receive and emergency financial aid grant.

Student eligibility is determined by completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to determine if student meets all eligibility requirements for Title IV aid. As of 11/19/2020 4,939 students were determined to have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and were currently attending courses at Amarillo College.

The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant.

As of June 30th, 2021 Amarillo College has distributed $2,397,197 in CARES Act funding to 4,918 eligible students.

How the institution determined which students did, or will receive emergency financial grants and how much funding they did, or will receive.

In order to comply with the guidance received from the US Department of Education, Amarillo College will prioritize Title IV Eligible students with the greatest need. Amarillo College will award emergency grants ranging from $100 to $1800 based on the student's need and category of need. Students who wish to apply for and receive this assistance must:

  • Have completed a 20/21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Not be enrolled exclusively in an online program.
  • Not be and international or undocumented student.
  • Complete the Amarillo College CARES Emergency Aid Application.

Any Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants.

Students received an email notification approximately 2 weeks before the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester to complete a self-assessment which was then routed to an AC Poverty Coach for processing.  The AC Poverty Coach reviewed the self-assessment and, if approved, assisted the student in completing the AC CARES Act Emergency Aid Application.  The Advocacy and Resource Center reviewed and approved each application and submitted any approvals to the Financial Aid Office for awarding and processing of the award. In addition, all students who submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and were currently attending classes as of September 2020 were awarded a $100 CARES Act grant.

 


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