Starr King received an allocation of $23,860.00 earmarked for students from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Starr King has signed and returned the HEERF certification and agreement form and has used or intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students. No funding has been distributed as of June 22, 2020. Starr King is required to make accessible to the public a report describing the use of funds and how they were distributed, 30 days after the allocation of funds, and must update it every 45 days thereafter.
The regulation states that only students who are or who could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV (TIV) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) may receive emergency financial aid grants. 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 apply for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 84.
The total number of students who received Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is currently 8 as of September 8, 2020. A total of $18,200.00 has been distributed.
Emergency Fund Request Form
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which is a component of the CARES Act, is intended to provide federal funds for student expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Eligible expenses include food, housing, course materials, healthcare, childcare, technology, and transportation.
Only students who have completed a FAFSA are eligible to receive these funds.
The application is due by August 1, 2020 but funds are limited. Please apply as soon as possible.
The method(s) that will be used by SKSM to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is described in detail below.
- SKSM believes that high-residency students enrolled in Spring 2020 term were impacted most by the closure of the college campus and the migration of coursework to online/remote. Therefore, funding is to be offered first to eligible high-residency students who were attending classes on campus. The precise impact will be different for each student, but may include additional expenses related to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses. Funding is to be awarded to eligible low-residency students, once all high-residency students who applied have been processed for determination of a grant. Low residency students will be determined eligible by the same criteria.
- Students are deemed eligible for the HEEERF funds if they met the following requirements:
- They were enrolled for at least 6 credits in the Spring 2020 term, including Intersession, and pursuing an aid-eligible degree or certificate
- They had a 2019-20 FAFSA on file that confirmed Title IV eligibility criteria including but not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen and a valid Social Security.
- They were meeting institutional SAP requirements
- Completed an application for the HEERF funds that was approved based on their written impact statement and the criteria above.
The application for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds is provided below. For more information on HEERF and the CARES ACT please click here.