CARES Act for CW Students

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report
Emergency Grants to Students
Disclosure Information: May 21, 2020

The College of Westchester (OPE ID: 00520800) received education stabilization funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), Public Law No: 116-136. CW will use no less than 50 percent of the total funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

The College of Westchester (CW) appreciates that Congress and the President have made these critical funds available for eligible students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. To respond quickly to the needs of our  students and to ensure funds are distributed in accordance with the CARES Act and implementing guidance, the CW Cares Committee was formed, and a first round of grants were distributed on May 12, 2020 via check.

CW is making this information available in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education’s (“Department”) Electronic Announcement of May 6, 2020.  For questions or concerns regarding this Fund Report, please contact Louis Commisso, CFO, at lcommisso@cw.edu.

  • The total amount of funds that CW has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $660,356.
     
  • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of this report is $231,350.
     
  • The number of CW students eligible to participate in this program under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants was 661 students.  The total number of students who have received an Emergency Grant to date is 661 students.
     
  • The method used by The CW Cares Committee for this initial distribution of the Emergency Financial Aid was determined after review of guidance and participation in various webinars.  Based upon the population of students served with financial challenges, and that the college is a commuter college, all eligible students were impacted and received an initial $350 grant to offset technology costs due to moving from a campus environment to a remote learning environment. 
     
  • Directions, or guidance provided to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants are included in the “CARES Act Student Emergency Grant Funds Action Needed” Letter and Attestation.  The “Action Needed” letter was mailed to students with their checks.  Students were directed through a URL to an electronic attestation, with the statement noted in the attached Appendix PDF.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report
Emergency Grants to Students
Disclosure Information: August 20, 2020

The College of Westchester (OPE ID: 00520800) received education stabilization funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), Public Law No: 116-136. CW will use no less than 50 percent of the total funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The College of Westchester (CW) appreciates that Congress and the President have made these critical funds available for eligible students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. To date, The College of Westchester has awarded 714 students totaling $507,600 via check directly to students. CW is making this information available in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education’s (“Department”) Electronic Announcement of May 6, 2020. For questions or concerns regarding this Fund Report, please contact Louis Commisso, CFO, at lcommisso@cw.edu.

  • The total amount of funds that CW has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $660,356.

  • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of this report is $507,600.

  • The number of CW students eligible to participate in this program under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants was 714 students. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Grant to date is 714 students.

  • The method used by The CW Cares Committee for this initial distribution of the Emergency Financial Aid was determined after review of guidance and participation in various webinars. Students have received grants of $350, $500 or $850 associated with the length of enrollment for any/all related COVID expenses.

  • Directions, or guidance provided to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants are included in the “CARES Act Student Emergency Grant Funds Action Needed” Letter and Attestation. Students were directed through a URL to an electronic attestation, with the statement noted in the attached Appendix PDF.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report
Emergency Grants to Institution
Disclosure Information: July 7, 2020

The College of Westchester (OPE ID: 00520800) received education stabilization funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), Public Law No: 116-136. CW will use no less than 50 percent of the total funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

The College of Westchester (CW) appreciates that Congress and the President have made these critical funds available for eligible students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. To date, The College of Westchester has awarded 717 students totaling $509,600 via check directly to students.

CW is making this information available in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education’s (“Department”) Electronic Announcement of May 6, 2020. For questions or concerns regarding this Fund Report, please contact Louis Commisso, CFO, at lcommisso@cw.edu.

  • The total amount of funds that CW has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $660,356.

  • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of this report is $509,600.

  • The number of CW students eligible to participate in this program under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants was 717 students. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Grant to date is 717 students.

  • The method used by The CW Cares Committee for this initial distribution of the Emergency Financial Aid was determined after review of guidance and participation in various webinars. Students have received grants of $350, $500 or $850 associated with the length of enrollment for any/all related COVID expenses.

  • Directions, or guidance provided to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants are included in the “CARES Act Student Emergency Grant Funds Action Needed” Letter and Attestation. New student recipients were directed through a URL to an electronic attestation, with the May 2020 statement noted in the attached Appendix PDF.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report
Emergency Grants to Institution
Disclosure Information: September 3, 2020

The College of Westchester (OPE ID: 00520800) received education stabilization funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), Public Law No: 116-136. Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act allows The College of Westchester to use up to 50 percent of the funds received to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus so long as such costs do not include payment to contractors for the provision of pre-enrollment recruitment activities, including marketing and advertising; endowments; or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship (collectively referred to as “Recipient’s Institutional Costs”).

The College of Westchester is making this information available in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education’s (“Department”) Electronic Announcement of May 6, 2020. For questions or concerns regarding this Fund Report, please contact Louis Commisso, CFO, at lcommisso@cw.edu.

  • The total amount of funds that CW has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Grant to the Institution is $660,356.

  • The total amount of Emergency Grant used under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of this 45 day report is $260,243.68.

  • The funds were used to cover costs related to IT equipment, facilities and administration due to the coronavirus. Additionally, funds were used to cover the loss of medical lab fee revenue not charged to students during the spring and spring II terms due to remote learning.

  • 1 See: https://ifap.ed.gov/electronic-announcements/050620HigherEdEmergencyReliefFundRptg

    Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report
    Emergency Grants to Institution
    Disclosure Information: July 20, 2020

    The College of Westchester (OPE ID: 00520800) received education stabilization funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), Public Law No: 116-136. Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act allows The College of Westchester to use up to 50 percent of the funds received to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus so long as such costs do not include payment to contractors for the provision of pre-enrollment recruitment activities, including marketing and advertising; endowments; or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship (collectively referred to as “Recipient’s Institutional Costs”).

    The College of Westchester is making this information available in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education’s (“Department”) Electronic Announcement of May 6, 2020.1 For questions or concerns regarding this Fund Report, please contact Louis Commisso, CFO, at lcommisso@cw.edu.

    • The total amount of funds that CW has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Grant to the Institution is $660,356.

    • The total amount of Emergency Grant used under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of this 45 day report is $78,951.67.

    • The funds were used to cover costs related to IT, facilities and administration due to the coronavirus. Additionally, funds were used to cover the loss of medical lab fee revenue not charged to students during the spring and spring II terms due to remote learning.
    1 See: https://ifap.ed.gov/electronic-announcements/050620HigherEdEmergencyReliefFundRptg

    Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report
    Emergency Grants to Institution
    Disclosure Information: June 1, 2020

    The College of Westchester (OPE ID: 00520800) received education stabilization funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), Public Law No: 116-136. Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act allows The College of Westchester to use up to 50 percent of the funds received to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus so long as such costs do not include payment to contractors for the provision of pre-enrollment recruitment activities, including marketing and advertising; endowments; or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship (collectively referred to as “Recipient’s Institutional Costs”).

    The College of Westchester is making this information available in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education’s (“Department”) Electronic Announcement of May 6, 2020. For questions or concerns regarding this Fund Report, please contact Louis Commisso, CFO, at lcommisso@cw.edu.

    • The total amount of funds that CW has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Grant to the Institution is $660,356.
    • The total amount of Emergency Grant used under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of this report is $0.