Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires each institution receiving Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds to use at least 50 percent of the funds received to award emergency financial aid grants. Grants awarded are for students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including: food, housing, course materials, technology, and child care.
In addition, the Secretary of Education requires each institution to report the most current information on the allocation of the emergency financial aid grants awarded to students. The information provided below satisfies the reporting requirements requested by the Secretary of Education.
- On April 10, 2020 the President of Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and assurance that TMCC will intend to use no less than 50 percent of the funds to provide emergency financial aid grants to our TMCC students.
- TMCC received $1,673,626 from the Department of Education for emergency financial aid grants to students.
- As of the date July 10, 2020 TMCC has awarded $758,835 of the TMCC Emergency CARES Grant.
- The estimated total number of students at TMCC who are eligible to receive Title IV of federal student aid and eligible to also receive TMCC Emergency CARES Grant is 2,172.
- As of the date this information was made public 1,118 students have received the emergency financial aid grant also known as the TMCC Emergency CARES Grant.
- Students who are eligible to receive the emergency financial aid grant can be awarded a maximum of $700 at TMCC. The following criteria was used to award the TMCC Emergency CARES Grant:
- Students who completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid must satisfy the basic eligibility criteria to receive federal student aid.
- Students must degree-seeking pursuing either a certificate, associate or four-year degree.
- Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits while also maintaining a 2.0 grade point average.
- All eligible TMCC students who completed a FAFSA and eligible to receive the emergency financial aid grant were sent an email. Within the email contained information explaining to students that the TMCC Emergency CARES Grant was available to students who have expenses related to the disruption of their college education due to the coronavirus such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care. The email also listed the deadline date of when the application must be submitted including a link to access the TMCC Emergency CARES Form.
- Eligible students who completed the form indicated the type of expense they had incurred and provided concrete examples of how they were impacted by COVID-19. Students either indicated how much assistance they needed or requested the maximum emergency grant award of $700. Emergency financial aid grants were disbursed weekly and were not used to pay students outstanding fees.