CARES Act HEERF Reporting

On April 16, 2020, Manhattan Area Technical College signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement form regarding the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CARES Act.  In accordance with the form, Manhattan Tech 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.  Manhattan Tech is expecting to receive $184,921 from the Department of Education for the purposes of the student grants.

As of 4/16/20, $0 was distributed.
As of 5/29/20, $165,968 has been distributed to 113 students.
As of 6/26/20, $165,968 has been distributed to 113 students.
As of 7/20/20, $184,921 has been distributed to 123 students. This is the final report and covers all remaining HEERF fund expenditures for Section 18004(a)(1) Student Portion funds.

An estimated 400 students at Manhattan Tech may be 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.

How did Manhattan Tech determine the student award?

Manhattan Tech created a secure on-line application for students to provide information regarding eligible expenses experienced that were related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.  Students logged into the application using their individual College credentials.  Students were able to indicate categories of unexpected expenses experienced.  These categories include:

Unexpected food/grocery expenses
Housing (unexpected changes in rent or utilities such as water, electricity, heat, cell phone, etc.)
Course materials (educational software, additional course resources, etc.)
Technology (unplanned laptop/tablet, WiFi, booster, other internet-related expense)
Health care not covered by health insurance related to disruption of campus operations
Unexpected childcare
Other

Priority of grant funding:

  1. Applicants who were Title IV eligible (have a FAFSA on file with Manhattan Tech).  Priority was given to students with an EFC of 0-5576 while degree seeking and enrolled at least half-time.
  2. Applicants who were Title IV eligible (have a FAFSA on file with Manhattan Tech) degree seeking students enrolled less than half-time.  Priority was given to students with an EFC of 0-5576.
  3. Dental Hygiene student applicants were awarded the equivalent of two-month allowance for room & board, transportation, and miscellaneous costs in consideration of the extension of time necessary to safely reopen the dental clinic and for students to complete clinical hours.
  4. Applicants who did not complete the FAFSA with a or were not degree or certificate seeking in a Title IV eligible program.  (This category is not eligible effective with the publication of the Department of Education's June 17, 2020 Interim Final Rule.)

Awards were evaluated in the order application was submitted.  Individual awards will not exceed the maximum Federal Pell Grant for the applicable award year.

Emergency financial aid grants were paid directly to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.

Students who received CARES Act Emergency grants that contained the following statement:  The CARES Act requires Manhattan Tech to provide the grant amount directly to students. The institution may not use any portion of your grant to satisfy an outstanding account balance. As a result, you may still owe the College a balance.  Please review your Student Account on MATC Online to determine if you have a balance.

The CARES Act expressly requires that the emergency financial aid grants to students be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.  You may use the grant money for eligible expenses under your cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.