Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

Dakota College at Bottineau signed and returned, on April 20th, 2020, to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution will 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 for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. Eligible expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. 

 

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:

$117,215


The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act :

$37,000 (as of 05/27/2020)

$68,180 (as of 07/10/2020)

$79,980 (as of 08/25/2020)


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:

247


The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:

74 (as of 05/27/2020)

105 (as of 07/10/2020)

118 (as of 08/25/2020)


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:

$37,000 has been disbursed to on-campus students living in residence halls who were directly impacted by the pandemic and could not return to campus and were forced to find other housing and meal arrangements, thereby occurring additional expenses. Each student received $500 in emergency grant funding.

The remaining funds will be disbursed to students who submit an application for Student Emergency Relief.

The maximum a student can receive in grant funding will be determined by EFC. If a student requests a lesser amount than the maximum that is the amount they will receive. If not less than the maximum the following amounts will be awarded:

EFC                      Dollar Amount

0-999                         $1200

1000-1999               $1000

2000-2999               $800

3000-3999               $600

4000-4999               $400

5000-999999          $300

Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants:

Subject:  Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grant

The Federal CARES Act, Section 18004 [PDF], Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), allows schools to consider students for federal emergency financial aid grants for: expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care).
 
DCB has determined that since you were living in housing when the national disaster occurred and you were not able to return to housing for the remainder of the semester you would have a legitimate expense that is covered under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.
 
Emergency grant funds should be used for expenses you incurred due to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, such as:
· Housing (rent)
· Food/groceries
· Utilities
· Course materials
· Technology
· Childcare
· Health/medical expenses
· Transportation
· Other
 
The value of this grant may vary based upon your unique circumstances.  We recognize that these funds may not be enough to address all the hardships faced by Dakota College at Bottineau students. Still, we hope that these resources reduce the burdens faced by several of you, including paying for your education. We understand how challenging and stressful this time is, and we appreciate your patience as we navigate these difficult times together. 
 
If you owe an outstanding balance to DCB, these funds will not be applied to any balance to DCB and will be paid directly to you.  Once funds are received, if you elect to apply the funds to your student account, you are encouraged to make payment arrangements with the DCB business office, you may contact them at 701-228-5430.
 
Students who have already received a HEERF Grant from Dakota College at Bottineau may be able to receive additional emergency funds for qualifying, documented financial needs.  In the next week we will be sending out information regarding the application process to apply for the remaining HEERF Grant money received by DCB. 

Sincerely,
Dakota College at Bottineau

 

 

 

Subject:Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grant

The Federal CARES Act, Section 18004 [PDF], Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), allows schools to consider students for federal emergency financial aid grants for: expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care).

Emergency grant funds should be used for expenses you incurred due to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, such as:

· Housing (rent)
· Food/groceries
· Utilities
· Course materials
· Technology
· Childcare
· Health/medical expenses
· Transportation

The value of this grant may vary based upon your unique circumstances.  We recognize that these funds may not be enough to address all the hardships faced by Dakota College at Bottineau students. Still, we hope that these resources reduce the burdens faced by several of you, including paying for your education. We understand how challenging and stressful this time is, and we appreciate your patience as we navigate these difficult times together.  We are able to award you  a grant in the amount of ($$$$).

If you owe an outstanding balance to DCB, these funds will not be applied to any balance to DCB and will be paid directly to you. Once funds are received, if you elect to apply the funds to your student account, you are encouraged to make payment arrangements with the DCB business office, you may contact them at 701-228-5430.

Sincerely,

Dakota College at Bottineau