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Atlantic Technical College

May 19, 2020

Atlantic Technical College
CARES Act

Atlantic Technical College has received funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants intended to assist college students with expenses incurred due to the disruption of campus operations. These funds will be disbursed to students  to assist with food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.

In accordance with the federal CARES Act, Atlantic Technical College’s total HEERF allocation is $758,163 of which $379,082 will be awarded to students as emergency financial aid grants in the amount of $500 each.

Following guidelines from the US Department of Education, Atlantic Technical College will disburse these financial aid grants to students whose learning was disrupted as a result of campus closures which resulted in instruction being delivered remotely. Students who were enrolled exclusively in an online program prior to the declared emergency, are not eligible for these financial aid grants.

By June 15, 2020, eligible students interested in receiving one of these cash grants, must apply in their Focus Student Portal at www.browardfocus.com. Once logged in, look for the CARES application in the Forms menu.

Students may be eligible for the grant if they meet all the criteria below:

  • Enrolled in an on-campus and/or hybrid/blended Career and Technical Education (CTE) certificate program as of March 16, 2020, even if the student has subsequently completed their CTE program at Atlantic Technical College at the time of grant application.
  • Completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA application and met all eligibility requirements for Title IV financial aid OR are eligible to complete a FAFSA application*.
  • Have been financially impacted due to disruption of campus operations caused by COVID-19.
  • Possess a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma issued from an accredited school.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen.
  • Have a Social Security Number verified through the FAFSA process.
  • If a male between the age of 18-25, have Selective Service registration verified.
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans.
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan.
  • Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges.
  • Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits.
  • Have repaid Title IV loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently.
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.

*If you have not completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application and wish to be considered for one of these financial aid grants, go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete the online application, use Atlantic Tech’s Federal School Code of 012263 and submit all required documents to be eligible for Title IV aid before being considered. How to Apply for Financial Aid Instructions can be found at https://www.atlantictechnicalcollege.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/ATC-Finanical-Aid-Flyer-Yellow-2019-2020.pdf

For more information, email KathieDileonardo@browardschools.com


May 25, 2020

Atlantic Technical College
CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
30-Day Report

  1. An acknowledgment that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that 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.

On April 16, 2020, Atlantic Technical College submitted its Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education and intends to provide no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 1800(a)(1) of the CARES Act to students as emergency financial aid grants.

  1. 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.

Atlantic Technical College received $379,082 to provide emergency financial aid grants to students through Broward County Public Schools G5 account; however, these funds have not yet been set up as an institutional account.

  1. 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 submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

As of May 25, 2020, Atlantic Technical College has not yet distributed any funds to students. The Technical College has invited qualifying students to apply for funds. The application deadline for the first phase of distribution is June 15, 2020.

  1. 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 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

As of May 19, 2020, Atlantic Technical College has estimated that 250 students are currently eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are eligible to receive a CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid grant because they have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is anticipated that this number will increase due to the encouragement for students who have not completed a FAFSA to do so if they wish to be considered for one of these emergency financial aid grants.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

As of May 25, 2020, Atlantic Technical College has not yet distributed any funds to students. The Technical College has invited qualifying students to apply for funds. The application deadline for the first phase of distribution is June 15, 2020.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Atlantic Technical College reviewed enrollment and attendance records to identify eligible and potentially eligible students. Based upon this approach it was determined that each eligible student could receive $500 in an emergency financial aid grant that would be accessed via an application. Any remaining funds will be used to make additional emergency cash grants available by application until March 15, 2021, or when funds are depleted.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

Instructions, directions, and/or guidance provided to Atlantic Technical College students may be found at https://www.atlantictechnicalcollege.edu/cares-act/. The announcement related to available funds was also made available on Atlantic Technical College’s Instagram site at https://www.instagram.com/p/CAiTYDaFb6J/

Report as of May 25, 2020. The next report will be provided by July 9, 2020.

 

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