COVID-19 HEERF Funds Policy
Hastings College signed the Certification and Agreement and applied for the Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF) on April 30, 2020 and we received our allocation on May 8, 2020. Hastings College acknowledges and assures that we have used 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.
Total Amount of Funds
Hastings College has applied for and received a total amount of $525,975 for the student portion of HEERF.
Total Amount Distributed
Hastings College has distributed $424,345 (81%) of the student portion of HEERF as of 06/08/20 (within the first 30 days since receiving the funds).
Total Number of Students Eligible to Receive HEERF
Hastings College estimates that approximately 768 students are eligible to participate 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.
Total Number of Students Who Have Received HEERF
Of the 768 students eligible to receive funds, 345 (45%) of students have applied and received funds through the student portion of HEERF.
Methods Used to Determine Recipients and Fund Amounts & Guidance Provided to Students Regarding these Funds
Hastings College required the completion of an online application to apply for funding. All enrolled students were sent an initial email communication on May 4, 2020 that informed all students of the availability of funds and invited all students to apply for these funds. Over the course of several weeks, additional emails directly to students along with other forms of communication were used to ensure the entire student population was informed of the process and funding available. For example, an email to all faculty and staff was sent requesting Hastings College employees to help identify students and notify any students who may be in need of support through these funds. In addition, a banner announcement was posted on the college’s Learning Management System (LMS) CANVAS so that all students would immediately see the announcement each time they logged into the system for coursework. Text messages were sent out to students to remind them of the availability of funds and application process. Finally, information about the funds were also posted to the college’s social media accounts, posted on the public website under COVID-19 resources, and also posted on the intranet portal (OurHC).
Hastings College established a maximum funding threshold for each student to ensure that these federal funds were distributed as widely as possible. The maximum award was estimated to be $3,000, unless documentation was provided or on a case by case basis approved by the COVID grant committee. Students were eligible to apply a second time.
An internal committee was formed to review and approve all student applications for HEERF. At least two committee members reviewed each application to ensure the requested funds were for eligible expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, which can include eligible expenses, such as food, housing, course materials, technology (wi-fi), health care, child care, etc. Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis and will continue until the full $525,975 student portion of HEERF has been awarded to students.
Title IV eligibility was confirmed with a current year submission of the FAFSA. If a FAFSA was completed in a previous year of attendance, to confirm Title IV eligibility, NSLDS information was confirmed to ensure there was no default or overpayment. Satisfactory academic progress was also required and confirmed.
Non-Title IV eligible students were awarded funding from the Broncos Together Grant fund. This was an institutional funding opportunity in order to help all students experiencing need from the COVID-19 crisis.