CARES
Honolulu Community College CARES Report

University of Hawai‘i Honolulu Community College

CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
45-Day Fund Report

See 30-Day Fund Report for details. No new awards have been made since disbursement of Spring 2020 CARES in May 2020. Additional funds for Fall 2020 CARES will be made on August 12, 2020.



CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
30-Day Fund Report

The University of Hawai‘i (UH), including Honolulu Community College, provided emergency financial grants to students in April and May 2020 to address unexpected financial hardships caused by the coronavirus and disruptions to their education and lives. The federal CARES Act supported emergency assistance directly to students who meet federal eligibility requirements (described below).   The UH Urgent Student Relief Fund provided financial assistance for unplanned emergency expenses. The Urgent Student Relief Fund is supported by generosity of UH and UH Foundation donors.

Below is Honolulu Community College’s report on administration of the federal CARES Act, Emergency Financial Aid Grants for students.

An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  • The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) provides funding for colleges to give Emergency Financial Aid Grants to currently enrolled students who had “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.”
  • On 4/25/2020, Honolulu Community College signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education, acknowledging its intent to use no less than 50% of funds received under Section18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification of Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

  • Honolulu Community College received $553,694 under Section18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

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.

  • Based on guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education, “only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants.” Also, U.S. Department of Education excluded students who were enrolled exclusively in online programs.
  • As of May 4, 2020, 914 students at Honolulu Community College were identified as eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act Section 18004(a)(1), based on their Title IV eligibility and being enrolled in programs that are not exclusively online.

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

  • As of May 20, 2020, $99,800 was distributed to students at Honolulu Community College.

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

  • As of May 20, 2020, 499 students at Honolulu Community College received emergency financial aid grants.

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

Method by which Title IV Eligibility was Determined:

The UH System Financial Aid Office identified the criteria, and the System Institutional Research, Analysis and Planning Office and UHCC Academic Affairs Office prepared the list of eligible students. Eligible students were the ones who are:

  • Enrolled (as of 5/4/2020)
  • Not enrolled in a fully online program
  • Submitted FAFSA, 2019-20 or 2020-21
  • Title IV eligible (valid ISIR, verification of high school diploma or equivalency, Statement of Educational Purpose, completed verification process if selected)

Method by which Emergency Financial Aid Grants implementation was Determined:

Honolulu Community College offered $200 grants to all students who met eligibility criteria as of May 4, 2020.

Factors considered in determination of grant recipients and amounts for Spring 2020:

  • Number of Classified students enrolled in Spring 2020
  • Percent and Number of CARES-eligible students
  • Administrative considerations to award Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students as efficiently and quickly as possible, especially given that there was not much time between U.S. Department of Education’s award of funds and the last day of the term
  • Students’ declaration that they incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

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

  • Information about the Emergency Financial Aid grants was available online at the UH Community Colleges’ website:  www.uhcc.hawaii.edu/cares.
  • Eligible students received a personal email notification regarding their eligibility and a link to the online form to request funds if they had incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

 

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