California Nurses Educational Institute (CNEI) has received education stabilization funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This Fund Report applies to the portion that is designated exclusively for emergency financial aid grants to students. The institution is making the below information available for transparency purposes and in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education’s Electronic Announcement of May 6, 2020. For questions or concerns regarding this Fund Report, please contact Mark Hecht, Financial Aid Director, [email protected]. The college received its allocation on May 1, 2020. The initial notice is required to be posted 30 after that date and updated every 45 days thereafter.
The institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. The institution has used, or intends to 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.
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 is $154,932. 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 this Fund Report is $154,932. 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 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, as of the date of this Fund Report is 119. The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of this Fund Report is 114.
Every attempt was made to provide as much as possible to as many affected students as possible. The school provided funds in 3 groups. The institution determined which students receive emergency financial aid grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as follows:
All students who were active at any time from March 13 through May 31. Students who are eligible for Title IV financial aid must also be enrolled in a Title IV eligible program of study to apply for the grant.
Group 1: Students who have an EFC of 0 during any award year covered by their enrollment at CNEI. The award is $1500.
Group 2: Students who have an EFC of 1-9999 during any award year covered by their enrollment at CNEI. The award is $1100.
Group3: Students who have an EFC of over 10,000 during all award years covered by their enrollment at CNEI. This award is $572.
Instructions, directions or guidance provided to students concerning the Higher Education Emergency Relief Grant:
How were students notified of the availability of the Emergency Student Grant?
Students were notified of the availability of the Emergency Relief Grant by the school via an announcement and presentation during the online classes. Students were instructed to complete the distributed application. Students on LOA or not in attendance were notified via email. All students enrolled in a Title IV eligible program were encouraged to apply. Any students that did not fill out the FAFSA were similarly encouraged to apply. Students that had not applied after 2 weeks were reminded and encouraged to apply.
What is the HEERF CARES Act Emergency Student Grant?
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) is part of the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It provides emergency grants from the U.S. Department of Education to eligible students to help cover education-related expenses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act directs recipients to use the funds they receive for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations resulting from the coronavirus. These include expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care or childcare.
Who is eligible to receive CARES Act Emergency Student Grants?
The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to confirm that students receiving CARES Act emergency grants meet basic eligibility for federal “Title IV” financial aid. These eligibility criteria include having a demonstrated financial need certified by the family-income information provided on the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); being a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen; and being enrolled in a degree or certificate program and making satisfactory academic progress. For a complete list of federal student aid requirements, visit the Department of Education’s Student Financial Aid Eligibility Criteria page.
Is there an application process?
Yes. The application was distributed to eligible students. Students were notified of their grants and checks were prepared.
When will qualifying students be notified of their selection status and the amount of their grants?
Grant checks were mailed to students end of May or early June.
How did the college determine the amount that students will receive?
The college based it on need as reported on a FAFSA showing the lowest EFC covering the period of time the student is enrolled in the college. Lower EFC determines more ‘need’. Students who do not complete a FAFSA are still eligible and encouraged to apply.
Will receiving a grant through the CARES Act HEERF Student Emergency Grant affect my student financial aid?
No. Recipients of the CARES Act HEERF Student Emergency grants will see no impact on the calculation of their full financial need. You may receive this grant in addition to other aid awarded.
Will receiving a grant through the CARES Act Emergency Student Grant affect a student’s regular financial aid?
No. Recipients of emergency grants will see no impact on the calculation of their full financial need.
Are CARES Act Emergency Student Grants taxable?
No. The grants are not included in gross taxable income.
Can CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds Be Used To Pay a Student’s Outstanding Balance?
No, the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants to students are intended to go to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses. The disbursement of the emergency student grant must remain unencumbered by the college; debts, charges, fees, or other amounts owed to the college may not be deducted from the emergency financial aid grant.
If a student receives a CARES Act Emergency Grant and subsequently withdraws from the college, will they have to return the grant?
No. The CARES Act Emergency Grant funding is to provide one-time relief to mitigate the disruption caused by COVID-19. In no circumstance will recipients of this grant will have to return any portion of the funds.