CARES Act Student Emergency Funds

**ALL CARES funds have been exhausted.**

CARES ACT Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

Moraine Park Technical College has received $1,215,286 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants from the U.S. Department of Education of which 50% will be used to provide direct relief to MPTC students who have been impacted by the coronavirus.

As of September 21, 2020, 477 MPTC students (out of an estimated 2802 eligible MPTC students) have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant.

MPTC students eligible to apply for an Emergency Financial Aid Grant include all students who are eligible for financial aid for the Fall 2020 semester and are enrolled in at least one credit (students must have completed Federal Application for Student Aid and must meet all financial aid eligibility requirements for the Fall 2020 semester).

Eligible students can access the CARES Act application in myMPTC. 

Below is a full report of the College’s fund usage to date. The report will be updated every 45 days.

  1. On April 11, 2020, MPTC signed and returned to the US Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. On Friday, April 24, Moraine Park received the first notification that funds were available to use.
  2.  MPTC intends 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.
  3. MPTC has received $607,643 from the Department to award Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  4. As of September 21, 2020, $607,643 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants has been distributed to MPTC students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  5. The estimated total number of MPTC students 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 is 2802.
  6. As of September 21, 2020, 477 MPTC students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES.
  7. The College uses the following process to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and the amount under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act
    1. Eligibility
      1. Students eligible to apply for COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid Grant
        • Must have completed the FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid) and meet all financial aid eligibility requirements for the Spring 2020 semester.
        • Must be admitted to a financial aid eligible program and be enrolled in at least one credit during the time of the award. Credits of W, F, NS are not included in total amount of credits for semester.
        • Must have been financially impacted by the closure of campus due to Covid-19
      2. Students not eligible for COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid Grant
        • Students who are in a certificate, boot camps, or basic education courses, Economic and Workforce Development, Department of Corrections, dual credit (high school), avocational or non-credit courses
        • Not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) or Timeframe, according to Financial Aid Guidelines
        • In Default of previous student loans
        • DACA student
        • Undocumented or unknown citizenship
        • Non legal residents
        • International students utilizing F-1 and J-1 Visas
    2. Application Process
      1. Eligible MPTC students must complete the CARES ACT Student Emergency Funds application found in the Student Portal to be considered for funding.
        • Funding categories for COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid Grant are defined in the Federal Act as follows: Course Materials; Books; Technology; and Childcare.
      2. Applications are reviewed daily to: 1) verify eligibility and 2) determine the amount of the award student identified as need(s) and amount.
      3. Within 36 hours, applications are reviewed, determinations are made, and applicants are notified as to whether or not they will receive an award, and if applicable the amount.
  8. Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by MPTC to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants included:
    1. Directions for how to apply including location of the online application.
      1. Statement included on application: Through the CARES ACT, MPTC received a $607,643 grant from the US Department of Education to provide direct relief to help students impacted by Covid-19. These emergency assistance grants will be funded 100% with US Department of Education money, no College resources will be used.
    2. Students are required to certify that these expenses are related to the disruption of their education due to COVID-19 on the application.
  9. The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provides funding to institutions to cover institutional costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to COVID-19.
    1. Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC) acknowledges it signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education on April 23, 2020 the Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Formula Grants Authorized by Section 18004(a)(1) of the COVID-19 Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
    2. The total amount of funds awarded to MPTC from the U.S. Department of Education for institutional expenses is $607,643.
    3. The total amount of expenses reimbursed as of September 21, 2020 is $607,643.
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