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Cares Act Funds

What is the CARES Act Fund?

Reynolds Community College received a Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) grant created under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which will be used to help our students whose lives have been disrupted and affected by the current COVID-19 crisis.  Students who meet the standard qualifications will be automatically awarded.

Emergency grants to students can be used for eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

Examples of Emergencies:

  • Increased technology/course material expenses
  • Increased housing expenses (rent, utilities)
  • Increased food expenses
  • Increased health care expenses
  • Increased childcare expenses

CARES Act FAQs 

 

Eligible students who are auto-awarded will meet the following criteria:

 

  • Active enrollment for Spring 2020 at Reynolds Community College as of the National Emergency Declaration (3/13/2020);
  • Not enrolled exclusively in online courses as of 3/13/2020;
  • Registered at least half-time (six or more credits) during the Spring 2020 semester;
  • Submitted a 2019-2020 FAFSA with a valid EFC to Reynolds Community College;
  • Must be enrolled in a financial aid eligible program;
  • Meets Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements;
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED;
  • If male between 18-25 years old, must be registered with Selective Service;
  • Must not be in default on a federal student loan; and
  • Meet all federal financial aid eligibility requirements.

**Dual enrollment students are not eligible.

 

Students who are not automatically awarded the CARES Act Student Grant are able to submit the CARES Act COVID-19 Emergency Funds Application for consideration.  If submitting an application, it must be completed in its entirety.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Submission of the application does not guarantee approval of request.

If you have direct deposit setup with the college, you will receive the funds via direct deposit via your personal bank account.  If you have not setup direct deposit, you will receive a check in the mail.  Therefore, it is imperative that you confirm your address in SIS to be accurate.  If your address is incorrect, please update it now.  If you do not have direct deposit setup, please expect a delay in receiving the funds.

To apply for the CARES Act COVID-19 Emergency Fund Grant, students who are not automatically awarded based on meeting the basic eligibility requirements will have to submit the electronic CARES Act Emergency Fund Application for consideration. The CARES Act COVID-19 Emergency Funds Application can be found here.

If you meet the basic eligibility requirements for the CARES Act Student Grant, you do not need to take any further action to determine your eligibility.  You will be automatically awarded. Please check your SIS Message Center for a message if you were auto-awarded the CARES Act Student Grant. If you have direct deposit setup with the college, you will receive the funds via direct deposit via your personal bank account.  If you have not setup direct deposit, you will receive a check in the mail.  Therefore, it is imperative that you confirm your address in SIS to be accurate.  If your address is incorrect, please update it now.  If you do not have direct deposit setup, please expect a delay in receiving the funds.

Unfortunately, funds will not be available to students who do not meet eligibility requirements. If a student is not auto-awarded for the CARES Act Student Grant, they may submit an application for the CARES Act COVID-19 Emergency Funds.  The following is a list of some reasons, the request for CARES Act COVID-19 Emergency Funds might be denied.  This is not an exhaustive list.

 

Some reasons a student’s request might be denied include the following:  

  • Student did not attend the college during the Spring 2020 semester;
  • Student was enrolled in all online classes;
  • Student was auto-awarded the CARES Act Student Grant;
  • Student does not meet basic eligibility requirements;
  • Student has a Pell Overpayment;
  • Student has reached or exceeded PELL Lifetime Eligibility Usage limitations; and
  • Student has Loan Overpayment.

The last day to submit a new 2019-2020 FAFSA was June 30, 2020. You can submit the 2020-2021 FAFSA to be considered for CARES Act funds for Fall 2020, if you meet eligibility requirements.

Also, we encourage you to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA to be considered for financial aid for the upcoming academic year.

You can complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA here.

Yes, if you had a mixture of online and on-campus classes you are still eligible to receive the funds, if you need the other eligibility requirements. If you were only in online classes during the spring 2020 semester, you are not eligible to receive the funds.

Any inquiries regarding the CARES ACT Funds should be forwarded to CARESACT@reynolds.edu or 804-523-5137.

Students who are awarded CARES Act Funds, you will receive a message in your SIS Message Center.   


Hello,

You recently received an email regarding the federal CARES Act. The federal CARES Act provides Reynolds with additional funding to support many of our students by offering some financial relief to offset increased expenses associated with the sudden disruption of classes as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

We would like to inform you that you are a recipient of the CARES Act Grant fund for the Spring 2020 semester due to the disruption of campus operations as a result of COVID-19. These awards will range from $300 - $600 based on eligibility requirements. Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act are for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as unexpected expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or childcare. This grant is not taxable.

Funds will be automatically deposited to students who have established direct deposit through TMS. Students who do not have direct deposit and have not signed up by Friday, May 8th should expect mail delivery two to three weeks after receiving an email or SIS notification. Allow 7 to 10 business days for TMS refunds to be generated. If this is an option, we encourage you to sign up for direct deposit.

Continue to be safe and take care of yourself!
Reynolds Community College


 

Also, you will receive a positive hold on your student record in SIS detailing the amount of your expected award. 

Grant Note

 

Once the positive hold on your account, if you have direct deposit setup, you can expect to receive the monies in 7-10 business days.  If you do not have direct deposit setup, please expect a delay in receiving the funds, as you will receive a check in the mail.

Therefore, it is imperative that you confirm your address in SIS to be accurate.  If your address is incorrect, please update it now by logging into MyReynolds, select Student Center, under Personal Information select Mailing Address, and edit. Once you have updated the address, select ‘ok’ and ‘save’. 

If you have not set up direct deposit, you can do so on the Reynolds Refund Disbursement Portal.

The CARES Act COVID-19 Emergency Funds Application can be found here.

The Attestation Statement for the CARES Act II Funds can be accessed here and then uploaded via the SIS To Do List using Internet Explorer.