The CARES Act passed by Congress and Signed by The President, made available critical resources in support of students on college campuses that were displaced and had their education disrupted due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Livingstone College signed and returned the Certification and Agreement Letter to the U.S. Department of Education and was awarded $2.5 Million according to the guidelines related to this funding $1,251,532 (50%) is designated specifically for students. The funds have been received in the amount of $1,251,532 which has been distributed to students according to the Certification and Agreement. The College identified 917 students who have completed the FAFSA and calculated award amounts according to Estimated Family Contribution (EFC):
Breakout of awards:
Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)
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CARES Act Emergency Aid Funding (Livingstone College Policy)
What is the CARES Act Emergency Fund provided by the federal government?
· The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, which supplies emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.
When will CARES Act Funds be available?
· Livingstone College applied for a federal CARES Act grant and received funding from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). During the week of May 11, 2020, Livingstone College will begin to distribute grants to students impacted by COVID-19 based on their financial needs. Grant recipients will be notified through their Livingstone College email accounts.
Who is eligible for CARES Act Funds?
· Students enrolled at least half time as of March 13, 2020 and be eligible for Federal Title IV financial aid. The Financial Aid Office will use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file to determine your eligibility. Students not deemed eligible on March 13, 2020 are ineligible for the funds.
· Unfortunately, the DOE does not allow these funds to be used for international students, undocumented students, non-matriculated students, students enrolled in distance learning before March 13, 2020, students not meeting satisfactory academic progress, and students not eligible for Federal Student Aid as determined by the DOE.
How much funding will I receive?
· Award amounts will vary by student as determined by the FAFSA. Students who demonstrate the most need will receiver higher amounts.
How will I receive funds?
· Students will receive paper checks mailed to their address on file. If your address is not correct please go to your JICS account and update immediately.
Can I request additional funding?
· No, award amounts are final as funding is limited. This is a one-time payment unless the federal government passes a subsequent law which includes emergency funding for higher education institutions.
Half of the CARES Act funding is going to Livingstone College students as required by the federal government. How is the College using the other 50 percent of the funds distributed?
· Colleges and universities will receive allocations and guidance for the institutional share of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund in the coming weeks. Institutions will be able to use these funds to cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.
What if I have an outstanding balance due to the College, will the CARES emergency funding apply to my student account balance?
· No, the CARES emergency funding will not apply to your student account balance. You are still responsible for resolving any balance due to the College even if you receive emergency funding provided by the CARES Act.
Letter to Student
May 5, 2020
I hope this message finds you well. I would like to take this opportunity to commend each of you in the manner you have responded to the disruption created by the COVID-19 pandemic. What we are experiencing as a global community is unprecedented and has forced us to make critical decisions during these uncertain times. However, I am encouraged when I hear how many of you have responded during these very challenging times.
The CARES Act passed by Congress and Signed by The President, made available critical resources in support of students on college campuses that were displaced and had their education disrupted due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Livingstone College was awarded $2.5 Million where according to the guidelines related to this funding $1,251,532 (50%) is designated specifically for students. I am fully aware that no dollar amount can actually compensate you for your displacement and disruption related to your academic experience. However, I am encouraged when The CARE Act was being debated and authored they considered students like you and institutions like Livingstone College. These resources are being placed in your hands, so please invest them wisely. You may use these dollars at your discretion, to include reducing your balance or offsetting other college expenses. Again, this is your decision.
I would like to share that in addition to this check, you will also receive adjustments on your student account representing a reimbursement for charges related to room and board for the Spring 2020 academic semester. For those students who have an outstanding balance; the adjustment will appear as a credit on your account and will reduce your student balance. Please know that our target as an institution was to make the necessary but accurate adjustments for every student by the end of this academic semester. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Although we are operating during a period of uncertainty, please know that we are monitoring this pandemic daily. Also, we are having numerous discussions with many of our peer institutions as we are ascertaining how each of us will execute our mission in “The New Normal.” I do not know what this means today. However, I will keep you informed as to how we will move forward after we have had an opportunity to analyze the data and our capacity to deliver on our mission that is too critical to abandon - even during these challenging times.
I am encouraged by your productivity during this pandemic. You are indeed Livingstonians. And Livingstonians are “Resilient, Relevant, and Ready to command their rightful place in a global society. I am honored to lead this great institution, and honored to be your President.
Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr., Ph.D.