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CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Information

What is the CARES Act?

The CARES Act is federal legislation which provides a variety of financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants. One part of this federal program allocates money to Lively Technical College, and a portion of that allocation can be awarded to students who are experiencing expenses due to the corona virus.

These funds are available to students for emergency financial aid or grants to students to cover basic needs such as “food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.” Student eligibility is determined according to strict guidance from the United States Department of Education. Available funds vary based on part-time or full-time status and financial need. 

Lively Technical College

Lively has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that Lively 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. Lively has received a total allocation of $942,497.00. Of the total allocation, $471,2479.00 will be used for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. Lively anticipates approximately 650 students to be 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.

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Who is eligible for the Federal CARES Act Emergency Grant?

Students who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid and who have the greatest financial need can be considered for these funds. The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) will use Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data to determine your eligibility. If you are eligible to file a FAFSA but have not yet filed for 2019-20 and need assistance, please file a FAFSA at studentaid.gov.

  • Must be enrolled in the semester for which the student is requesting aid.
  • Must be eligible to receive Title IV aid; see Title IV Eligibility Criteria (Basic Eligibility Criteria for Federal Student Aid).
  • Enrollment was impacted by COVID-19 and have expenses incurred for housing, food, course materials, technology, healthcare, or childcare.
  • Must have submitted 2019-2020 FAFSA if applying for Spring 2020 or Summer 2020; must have submitted a 2020-2021 FAFSA if applying for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021.

What does the CARES funding cover?

This could apply to a variety of financial costs directly tied to the effects of an emergency situation that is straining Lively Technical College students. This could include money spent for unanticipated travel, replacement of medications, emergency child care due to extended school closures, additional technology requirements, etc.

How do I apply?

To apply, log in to your FOCUS account and complete the Lively Technical College CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Application. If you have difficulty logging in, please contact the IT Service Desk at livelyfocushelp@leonschools.net.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to repay a dollars from the CARES Federal Emergency Aid Grant?
No, money received through this fund does not need to be repaid. This fund does not impact nor replace any financial aid you may currently receive, and it is a one-time grant.

Would this funding reduce my financial aid?
No, this fund does not negate nor replace financial aid, and it is a one-time grant.

How much money is available for each applicant?
Amounts vary based on enrollment status.

Do I need to report financial aid or grants on my federal tax return?
The IRS issued FAQs on the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CARES Act that clarifies that CARES Act aid should be treated as a “qualified disaster relief payment” and not be treated as taxable income.  Visit the https://www.irs.gov/  for more information.

How can I use the money?
Grants are refunded to you to use for expenses incurred due to COVID-19.

How many times can I apply?
Once

What if I currently owe tuition or other expenses to Lively?
The full amount of the emergency grants will be given directly to students and will not pay outstanding balances owed to Lively. Any outstanding balance owed to Lively remains the responsibility of the student.

Additional Resources: 

CARES ACT STUDENT FAQ

CARES ACT FAQ