The second round of the CARES Act Federal Student Grants will be made available on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. An online application will be posted on August 19, 2020. All students will be notified by email to their RVCC email account, through the College’s Website, and through RVCC sponsored social media. Students should make sure they have completed a FASFA before they apply. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). All grants will be mailed to the address in RVCC’s student information system. If you need to update your mailing address, please complete the Address Verification form.
CARES Act Distribution Information
Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”)), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the Act to submit (in a time and manner required by the Secretary) a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”). To meet this reporting requirement, the Department of Education has requested the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:
1. An acknowledgment that the institution signed and returned to the Department 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.
The College signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement establishing its intent to participate in this program. The College intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under this Section of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. RVCC received its grant award notification on April 22, 2020.
2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
The total amount of CARES Act funding the College received was $1,909,860.00.
3. 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 (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).
As of 9:00 am on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the total amount of CARES Act disbursements was $1,369,955. Update – As of 9:00 am on Thursday, July 30, 2020, the total amount of CARES Act disbursements was $1,387,130.
4. 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 thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
2,570 students are Title IV-eligible, but additional eligibility factors provided by the Department of Education, reduced the number of students that could receive awards under this program.
5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
878 students have been awarded as of Tuesday, June 6, 2020. Update - 887 students have been awarded as of 9:00 am on Thursday, July 30, 2020
6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
All students seeking grants from CARES Act funding were required to fill out a CARES Act application and provide responses to a series of questions to assess levels of need. All students enrolled in the spring semester of 2020 were invited to fill out an application. A rubric was developed to quantify the requested need based on the responses of the applicants. Funding levels were set based on the number of eligible applications received. Applications meeting all eligibility requirements (FAFSA-eligible degree or certificate-seeking students that had classes scheduled in the Spring semester of 2020 that were moved from classroom to remote instruction) were allocated funds based on requested need demonstrated within their application. A rubric was developed that collapsed individual award requests into 4 funding categories, with supplemental funding given to the needier students. The goal of the rubric was to equitably distribute 70% of the CARES Act money during the initial round of funding. A second round of funding (the remaining 30%) will be made available in the fall semester and priority will be given to those students that missed the round-one application deadline.
7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
Instructions regarding the application process and funding were posted on the Raritan Valley Community College website. A special link was created to access the instructions, FAQs, and the application.
In addition, a special email box was established to assist students who had questions about the application process or needed more information on the first round of CARES awards. The email CaresActApplication@raritanval.edu was established to facilitate answering student inquiries.
Students were also informed of the availability of the application via text message and the emergency notification system. Additionally, students received a link to the application through their College email. The application was available to students from April 28th through May 15th.
*** Summary Information as of Tuesday, June 2, 2020
- The number of applications submitted were 1,055
- The total amount requested (from both eligible and ineligible students) was $2,957,953
- 878 students were awarded CARES Act Funding
- The number of ineligible students were 177
- The total amount dispersed was $1,369,955
- Minimum distribution was $700
- Maximum distribution was $2,075
- The range for the majority of the awards was between 1,052 and $1,723, and the most common award amount was $1,450
The following is the breakdown of how students reported that they learned about the CARES Act grant:
- ARVEE Chat Bot - 18
- Athletic Department - 15
- Counseling Department - 25
- EOF Department - 30
- Faculty - 254
- Office of Disability Services - 6
- Other - 93
- Resource Center/Food Pantry - 50
- RV Connect - 207
- RVCC Foundation - 93
- RVCC Website - 253
- Workforce Training Center - 11
*** The numbers are close approximations as of 9:00 am on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.