The CARES Act/Emergency Relief Fund

The U.S. Department of Education has made emergency financial aid grants available to students of Gene Juarez Academy who are in need of financial support for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

CARES ACT FAQS

What is the CARES Act/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund?
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and allocated money for schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.

Who is eligible for the Emergency Financial Aid Grant?
Students who were enrolled on March 13, 2020, the date of the President’s Declaration of National Emergency and who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid will be considered for these funds initially. A supplemental application will be available at a later date (TBD) to all enrolled students as of the date of the application.

Am I required to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?
No. A student only needs to be eligible to file a FAFSA. If Gene Juarez Academy does not have a valid FAFSA on file for you, you will be required to complete an attestation regarding your eligibility along with your application for the emergency financial aid grant.

How do I apply?
When the application is available, a link and instructions will be emailed to all students that were enrolled on 3/13/2020. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and students will be notified of the status of their application generally within five business days.

How much will I receive?
The initial emergency financial aid grant amount will be for $800. The supplemental emergency financial aid grant amount will be determined at a later date, after the initial awards are made.

How do students receive the money?
The emergency financial aid grant checks will be available for pick up at the student’s campus. The student will be required to sign an Award and Acknowledgement form upon receipt of the check. If the student is unable to come into the campus, the student will be required to sign the Award and Acknowledgement form via electronic means and the check will be certified mailed to the student’s address on the application.

What expenses can be considered for the CARES Act emergency financial aid grant?
The following is a list of expenses that can be considered for the CARES Act emergency financial aid grant if they were incurred in “direct relation to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.”

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Technology – expenses associated with attending online classes
  • Health care
  • Childcare

The CARES Act stipulates that the emergency financial aid grants cannot be used to pay for student expenses that are not directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

What if I owe Gene Juarez Academy for tuition or over-contract fees?
The full amount of the emergency financial aid grants will be given directly to the student, and Gene Juarez Academy will not hold the funds to pay any outstanding balance owed.

Will CARES Act Emergency funds impact current or future financial aid?
No. This funding is not Title IV financial aid, it is emergency relief funding from Congress.

Are CARES Act Emergency funds taxable?
The Internal Revenue Service has released a FAQ which indicates the funds are not taxable since they are “qualified disaster relief payments.”   Please visit the FAQ for additional tax guidance.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the emergency financial aid grant?
Amy Robbins, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, amyr@genejuarezacademy.edu

CARES HEERF FUND DISCLOSURES

September 2020
August 2020

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