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CARES Act Information

New Information Regarding CARES Act III/HEERF III for Spring

Savannah Technical College will distribute HEERF III funding to Spring 202214 Semester students in grants ranging from $500 to $700.   A separate email notification will be sent to each student who is receiving funding.

Eligible students for Spring Semester will meet the following requirements:

  • Must be an enrolled student for Spring 2022 and
    • Not Dual Enrollment High School Students
    • Not Transient Students
    • Not students on tuition waiver
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (Resident Alien)

Amount of grant will be based on demonstrate need, which is measured by the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $5846 or less will receive $700.
  • All other eligible students will receive $500.
  • Savannah Technical College has received $6,332,599.00 CARES Act III funds from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  • Savannah Technical College has received $1,628,542 CARES Act II funds from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. As of 14 June 21, all funds have been distributed directly to students as follows.

Information Regarding CARES Act II/HEERF II for Spring

Can I use the grant to cover my balance due? Yes, grant recipients can give authorization to apply HEERF III funds to any student account balance.  Authorization can be given through the Savannah Tech Website https://www.savannahtech.edu/students/ , Banner Web Using STC E-mail, Student Financial Aid Tab, CARES Act Authorization.

The Corona virus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III provides emergency funding to colleges to assist students in need during the coronavirus pandemic. In 2020, this funding was known as the CARES Act Funding.

Savannah Technical College has received HEERF III funding and will distribute grants ranging from $500 to $700 to eligible students to help cover expenses related to the cost of attendance (i.e., tuition and fees, food, housing and utilities, health care, transportation, and child care) or for emergency costs that arise due to Corona virus.

Funds from the HEERF III CRRSAA Emergency Relief Fund are not considered financial aid and do not affect a student’s current or future financial aid eligibility. Per guidance from the federal government, these grants will be distributed to our students with exceptional need, which will be identified by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The grant amount is determined by the results of the FAFSA and the current enrollment status.  A separate email notification will be sent to each student who is receiving funding.

Eligible students for Fall Semester will meet the following requirements:

  • Must be an enrolled student for Fall 2021 and
    • Not Dual Enrollment High School Students
    • Not Transient Students
    • Not students on tuition waiver
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (Resident Alien)
  • Must demonstrate need, which is measured by the 2021-22 FAFSA.
    • Students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of less than or equal to $5846 will receive $700 (full-time); $350 (part-time).
    • Other eligible students with an EFC of greater than $5846 but less than or equal to $12,500 will receive $500 (full-time); $250 (part-time).

FAQs

  • How will I receive the HEERF III grant? The grants are paid directly to the student via a check, however funds can be applied to the student account with electronic authorization.
  • Can I use the grant to cover my balance due? Yes, grant recipients can give authorization to apply HEERF III funds to any student account balance.  Authorization can be given through the Savannah Tech Website https://www.savannahtech.edu/students/ , Banner Web Using STC E-mail, Student Financial Aid Tab, CARES Act Authorization.
  • Do I have to repay a HEERF III grant? These funds are a grant, not a loan. There is no requirement to repay the grant funds.
  • If I have not submitted a FAFSA, is it still possible to receive the grant? It is not too late to submit a FAFSA and, if eligible based on EFC, receive the HEERF III grant later in the semester.  The 2021-22 FAFSA is available through 30 June at https://studentaid.gov/
  • What if my income has changed and my EFC does not reflect my current need? If your income has changed due to unemployment or reduced employment since filing your 2019 taxes, it may be possible to adjust your EFC. You are encouraged to request professional judgement at https://www.savannahtech.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/2021-2022-Special-Circumstances.pdf

Previous Disbursement Information (CARES Act I)

  • We recognize that many Savannah Technical College students have experienced financial difficulties caused by the COVID-19 crisis. A provision of the CARES Act, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), specifically provides money to colleges and universities to assist with COVID-19-related expense and give direct aid to students most in need during this difficult time.
  • Savannah Technical College signed and returned the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on 20 April 2020. Savannah Technical College intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students.
  • Savannah Technical College has received $1,628,542 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. As of 31 Dec 20, $1,564,550 had been distributed directly to students.
  • Savannah Technical College will make several distributions for funds to ensure the maximum number of students receive assistance.
  • The first distribution took place the week of 26 May for Spring 2020. The amounts distributed for the first distribution were $500 for each full-time student and $250 or each part-time student based on the following criteria:
    • Be enrolled at the College on or after 13 March for the Spring Semester 2020.
    • Not enrolled as a High School Dual Enrollment, Transient, Special Admit or tuition exempt Student
    • Must have been enrolled in at least one originally scheduled face-to-face class.
    • Must be U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Two additional distributions took place during the Summer and Fall semesters. These distributions provided funds for eligible students enrolled in the Summer or Fall Semester who met the following criteria:
    • Submitted a FAFSA for this academic year
    • Title IV eligible
    • Making Satisfactory Academic Progress
    • Not enrolled as a High School Dual Enrollment, Transient, Special Admit or tuition exempt Student
  • For the Summer and Fall Semester distributions, students were required to complete an application attesting that they have been impacted financially by the COVID-19 crisis. All students meeting the criteria were notified via STC email with instructions to complete the application. Once the application was found to be adequate, the eligible students were awarded $300.
  • In an effort to ensure students were aware of the emergency grant, and to be as transparent as possible, along with this posting on the Savannah Technical College webpage, communications have been provided to students through their student email.

CARES Awards

  • Term Total Students Total Amount
    Spring 2020 2,804 $1,001,750
    Summer 2020 625 $187,500
    Fall 2020 1,251 $375,300
    Spring 2021 2,433 $799,150
    Summer 2021 2026 $829,150
    Fall 2022 3089 $1,927,500
    Spring 2022 3090 $1,928,000

STC CARES Quarterly Reporting

 STC CARES Annual Reporting