Colleges and Universities were able to apply and receive funding through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. This fund was established through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Manor College submitted the application and was awarded $790,389 of which 50% ($395,195) is to be used to support students who have a financial need due to new challenges that are a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On April 23, 2020, Manor College signed and submitted the required Certification and Agreement stating that the College will use no less than 50% of the funds received to provide Emergency Financial Aid grants to our students.
Manor College has detailed below our plan for the disbursement of the CARES Emergency Funds to our students. Manor College has spent an extensive amount of time reviewing all students who we believe will be impacted by COVID-19. We have determined that COVID-19 has affected students in our Spring 2020 term due to unforeseen campus closure and abrupt transition to online learning. We are wholly confident that our Fall 2020 students will also be significantly affected by COVID-19. As such, there is a continual need for online learning platforms as well as many modifications to on campus learning in the Fall. Finally, we also foresee an impact to our Spring 2021 students, as there are many expectations that another wave of COVID-19 may return forcing on campus closures and transitions back to fully online learning again. As a result, we have planned a metered approach to CARES funding for students in each of these terms with students in Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 receiving higher amounts, due to being impacted in a more significant way than those in Spring 2021. Our plan is to distribute to Spring 2020 students $150,000, Fall 2020 students $150,000, and Spring 2021 students $95,195. Should we experience no COVID-19 interruptions in Spring 2021 then these funds will go to the Fall 2020 students. This totals our CARES Student Emergency Funding of $395,195.
The College has decided to award the funds to four different tiers of students:
- Full Time Pell Students: 65% of funds divided by number of Full Time Pell students and allocated to each (not to exceed Pell maximum)
- Full Time Title IV eligible students-Non-Pell Eligible: 15% of funds divided by number of students in this category and allocated to each (not to exceed Pell maximum)
- Part Time Pell Students: 15% of funds divided by number of students in this category and allocated to each (not to exceed Pell maximum)
- Part Time Title IV Eligible students-Non-Pell Eligible: 5% of funds divided by number of students in this category and allocated to each (not to exceed Pell maximum)
This allocation is very heavily weighted on financially needy Pell students while also considering that our other students are going through financial difficulties right now as well with unemployment issues that directly affect themselves and their families.
As of May 27, 2020, the first disbursement to our Spring 2020 eligible students in the amount of $150,000 has been submitted to our third party provider and refunds have been processed. Our next set of disbursements will be after the Add/Drop period for Fall 2020. We will then be able to categorize our final enrollment into the four tiers listed above and submit refunds for the next $150,000 to our Fall 2020 students. To receive the funding for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 you must still be registered as a student after the add/drop period in each of those terms. Please note that online, international, non-Title IV eligible, and DACA students are not eligible to receive this funding per CARES Act law.
On October 2, 2020, Manor College disbursed the final CARES funding to students for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms. Funds were sent to our third party provider, ECSI, who sent the funds to the student’s elected method of payment (check or direct deposit). The amount of the Fall 2020 disbursement was $150,000. The amount of the Spring 2021 disbursement was $95,195. Both were sent at the same time to allow students to use for the allowed expenses to assist with the change in education due to COVID 19.
Manor College had 536 students enrolled for Spring 2020 who were eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CAREs Act. All 536 eligible students for Spring 2020 did receive Emergency Financial Grants which varied in amount based on our four identified tiers above.
The October 2, 2020 distributions for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 were the final distributions of the Student CARES funding. The funding was given out to students in the Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 terms with an additional distribution to the Fall 2020 students to use for Spring 2021. Please see below the details on the total final distributions of all CARES funds to students.
Spring 2020 (Distributed May 2020)
307 Full Time PELL Students each received $317.59 for a total of $97,500.13
92 Full Time Non-PELL Students each received $244.57 for a total of $22,500.44
91 Part Time PELL Students each received $247.25 for a total of $22,400.75
46 Part Time Non-PELL Students each received $163.04 for a total of $7,499.84
Total Spring 2020 disbursements were to 536 students for a total of $150,000.16.
Fall 2020 (Distributed October 2020)
338 Full Time PELL Students each received $310.65 for a total of $104,999.70
159 Full Time Non-PELL Students each received $132.09 for a total of $21,000.72
76 Part Time PELL Students each received $236.84 for a total of $17,999.84
55 Part Time Non PELL Students each received $109.09 for a total of $5,999.95
Total Fall 2020 disbursements were to 628 students for a total of $150,000.21.
Spring 2021 (Distributed October 2020)
338 Full Time PELL Students each received $197.15 for a total of $66,636.70
159 Full Time Non-PELL Students each received $83.82 for a total of $13,327.38
76 Part Time PELL Students each received $150.31 for a total of $11,423.56
55 Part Time Non PELL Students each received $69.23 for a total of $3,807.65
Total Fall 2020 disbursements were to 628 students for a total of $95,195.29.
The three distributions detailed above totaled $395,195.66 which is the total amount that Manor College received for Student Emergency Aid Distributions from HEERF CARES funding. As such, this is our final quarterly reporting for the Student Portion of the HEERF funding.
Manor College sent email communications to students describing the above. We also sent a copy of this communication via the United States Postal Service. A copy of our communication is shown below:
Institutional Funds Quarterly Reporting #1
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Institutional Funds Quarterly Reporting #2
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