Tech awards more than 3100 CARES grants worth $1.6 million - and counting

Jess Mador  WYSO

Funds can be used for food, housing, course materials, technology equipment or childcare expenses. The legislation requires that the first 50% of the money must go directly to students.

"The Department of Education ignored the intent of the CARES Act to give local colleges discretion to aid students most affected by the pandemic, and instead has arbitrarily excluded as many as 800,000 community college students", said California Community Colleges chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley in a statement. The Office of Financial Aid developed lists of undergraduate and graduate students who met the CARES Act prerequisite eligibility criteria.

WSU used funding from the CARES Act to cover some expenses including the university's computer loan and internet programs, Dixon said.

Southeastern University in Lakeland reported receiving $4.8 million.

In addition to the grants, Southeastern is giving a $1,600 credit to all students who were living on campus during the spring semester to offset expenses caused when the school switched to remote learning in March.

Students had to be eligible for Title IV aid to receive a grant.

The $1,000 and $750 grant totals were sent by direct deposit to students' accounts or they were sent a check.

Hamline has followed federal guidelines in determining which students were eligible to receive an award and its amount.

The college gave the grants to almost 1,500 eligible students who were enrolled either full or part-time on March 11th when in-person classes were transitioned to remote instruction after the coronavirus shut down the campus.

"We awarded students who were eligible for the Pell Grant, those are the most needy students, we awarded them $1,000 and for those students who are not Pell eligible but have needs as well we awarded them $750", Bennett said. The university has not yet received the money designated for school reimbursements and expenses, Guzman said.

Warner University in Lake Wales reported receiving almost $1.1 million in emergency relief funds. That resulted in grants totaling $692,915 distributed to 507 eligible students, the school said in a post on its website. This funding is created to help students experiencing unexpected financial issues based on a documented need.

Webber International University did not respond to a request for information by Wednesday's print deadline.

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