CARES
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (Overview)

CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants

The Federal CARES Act provides institutions of higher education with emergency funding to help students impacted by COVID-19. The University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges (UHCC) CARES program provides emergency grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by the coronavirus and are facing financial challenges.

UHCCs administered "Your Share of CARES" in Spring 2020 and the COVID Support Stipend program, Rounds 1 and 2, in Fall 2020. The COVID Support Stipend was funded by CARES for students that met eligibility. Students who did not meet CARES criteria were provided stipends from institutional funds. Awarding for both programs are now closed and funds have been depleted.

UHCC Fall 2020 CARES

In Fall 2020, Round 1, UHCCs identified 6,261 potentially eligible students, continuing from Spring 2020 to Fall, as of August 18, 2020. UHCCs provided a CARES COVID Support Stipend of $500, awarding $2,397,500 to 4,795 students by August 20, 2020.

In Fall 2020, Round 2, UHCCs identified 4,277 potentially eligible students, enrolled in Fall 2020, as of September 17, 2020. Students who had previously received a $500 CARES stipend were excluded. UHCCs awarded $1,199,368 to 2,400 eligible students by October 9, 2020.

The pool of eligible students was larger than funding available. Campuses awarded remaining funds based on their campus-based priorities which are provided below. UHCC CARES Act HEERF funds have been fully expended.

The Fall 2020 stipends were intended to provide financial support to cover expenses associated with the shift to remote learning. 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.

Fall 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Round 1:
  • Classified degree or certificate seeking student (excludes fully-online degree programs).
  • Enrolled at one or more of the UH Community Colleges at census date in Spring 2020.
  • Enrolled in at least 6 credits at one or more of the UH Community Colleges in Fall 2020 by July 31.
  • Filed a 2020-21 FAFSA by July 31.
  • Meets Title IV eligibility criteria including making Satisfactory Academic Progress in 2019-2020 or 2020-2021.
Round 2:
  • Classified degree or certificate seeking student (excludes fully-online degree programs).
  • Enrolled at one or more of the UH Community Colleges in Fall 2020.
  • Filed a FAFSA for 2020-21.
  • Meets Title IV eligibility criteria including making Satisfactory Academic Progress in 2020-2021.
  • Meets Campus-Based priorities below:
Round 2 Campus-Based Priorities:
Campus Award Criteria
Hawai‘i Continuing Spring 2020 students with minimum 6 credits
New Fall 2020 students prioritized by GPA
Continuing Spring 2020 students less than 6 credits but graduating
Honolulu Continuing Spring 2020 students prioritized by Fall enrolled credits
New Fall 2020 students prioritized by Fall enrolled credits
Fall Transfer-in students enrolled full-time
Kapi‘olani New fall students enrolled 5 or more credits
Continuing Spring 2020 students who were enrolled in 5+ credits and enrolled in Fall 5+ credits
Kaua‘i Continuing Spring 2020 and New Fall 2020 students enrolled at least 10 credits and received less than $1,500 Pell Grant
Leeward Continuing Spring 2020 students
New Fall 2020 students who filed FAFSA prior to April 2020
Maui Continuing Spring 2020 and New Fall 2020 students enrolled Full Time
Windward Continuing Spring 2020 students with minimum 6 credits

Title IV eligibility criteria include, but are not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen, a valid Social Security Number, registration with Selective Service (if student is male), and a high school diploma, GED or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting

Factors considered in determining grant recipients and amounts for Fall 2020:

  • Effort to help students enrolled during the pandemic to continue into Fall 2020
  • Intended to help cover costs related to shift to online learning. The amount was based on estimate of high speed internet for five months
  • Addresses one of greatest challenges identified by Spring students (internet connection)

FAQs

+What is the CARES Act?
The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provides funding to institutions to administer emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by COVID-19, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet.
+How much funding is available for the CARES Act emergency financial aid grants?
University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges received $4,310,068 from CARES Act for emergency financial aid grants. For the first round of awards, $1.7 million was made available to students to help them complete the Spring 2020 semester.
+How will I receive the funds?
The CARES Act grants will be processed like financial aid or any other awards from the University. We strongly encourage you to sign up for eRefund to have funds directly deposited into your bank account. If you don’t have eRefund, a paper check will be sent to your mailing address, which will take longer.
+Is the CARES Act grant taxable?
No. Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act, related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, are considered as qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. This grant is not includible in your gross income. See IRS Guidance for more details.
+Will the CARES grant affect my current or future financial aid eligibility?
No. Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act will not affect your financial aid.

Campus Contacts

Hawai‘i CC
Christine Quintana, Program Coordinator
Tel: (808) 934-2699
Email: hawfund@hawaii.edu

Honolulu CC
Heather Florendo, Financial Aid Officer
Tel: (808) 845-9116
Email: honccfao@hawaii.edu

Kapi‘olani CC
Thomas No‘eau Keopuhiwa, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Tel: (808) 734-9522
Email: kapvcsa@hawaii.edu

Kaua‘i CC
Margaret Sanchez, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
Tel: (808) 245-8274
Email: kaufund@hawaii.edu

Jeff Anderson, Financial Aid Specialist
Tel: (808) 245-8384
Email: kaufund@hawaii.edu

Leeward CC
Kami Kato, Interim Dean of Student Services
Tel: (808) 455-0260
Email: leedoss@hawaii.edu

UH Maui College
Marilyn Fornwall, Development Assistant
Tel: (808) 984-3261
Email: fornwall@hawaii.edu

Windward CC
Robert Yamashita, HI-Net Coordinator
Tel: (808) 235-7386
Email: robertty@hawaii.edu

 

 

 

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