CARES Act Information

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Pursuant to the requirements of Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), Kirkwood Community College is publishing the following information regarding the awarding and disbursement of funds to students in the form of emergency grants. 

Kirkwood Community College signed and returned the Certification and Agreement and 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.​

$3,168,305.00 is the total amount Kirkwood Community College will receive pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

Kirkwood estimates 10,500 students could 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.

$3,168,305.00 is the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to 1576 students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of September 8, 2020.

Kirkwood utilized an application to award Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. Students indicated their categories of need (housing, food, technology, etc.) on the application and confirmed that they had these needs because of being impacted by COVID-19. In addition, Kirkwood identified a group of students with costs relating to COVID-19.

Kirkwood awarded to students who they determined were eligible for federal financial aid by using the FAFSA process.

Kirkwood determined values for each category of need using its Cost of Attendance and research into average costs. Kirkwood awarded students up to a maximum amount of $6000 based on the costs associated with these categories of need.

Students who received the emergency grants were sent the following email

[Student Name],

This email is to inform you that you have been awarded an emergency grant to assist with the unanticipated expenses due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus. The grant will be sent to you either as a check or through direct deposit (if you have already set up direct deposit on your Kirkwood account). This grant is provided by the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed into law on March 27, 2020.

The award amount is available for you to use at your discretion. This includes using the funds to pay for living expenses such as food, transportation, and housing, etc., and other expenses you may have. The funds may also be used to pay any outstanding tuition and fees owed to Kirkwood. (If you have an outstanding balance at Kirkwood, it will be noted below under item "Registration Holds.")

In addition to this award, we want to help you continue to make progress toward finishing your current classes and with making plans for registration for summer and fall. If you need any help with classes, personal support, or help planning for summer and fall term, please contact your advisor, one of your instructors, or a student assistance team member in the Dean of Students Office, 319-398-5540 or by email at: studentassistance@kirkwood.edu.

There is still time to talk with your advisor and enroll in classes for summer and fall 2020. Be sure to review any registration holds that are listed below.

This is a courtesy email to let you know that as of April 30th the following hold(s) will prevent you from registering for Summer/Fall 2020 classes:

  • [HOLDS LISTED HERE]

Registration and Payment Information

  • Log in to MyHub, then click on 'View My Courses' and 'Course Planner' and complete registration.
  • To view your balance or make a payment, please visit the 'Billing & Payments' section on MyHub.

Please let us know how we can help you. If you have any other questions, please give us a call at 319-398-7600 or email: financialaid@kirkwood.edu.

One Stop Office
Kirkwood Community College

CRSSA and ARP Student Grant Reporting

In compliance with the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) requirements under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSSA) and American Rescue Plan (ARP) Acts, Kirkwood Community College acknowledges additional funds were awarded for Student Emergency Assistance. Kirkwood received $3,168,305 from CRRSSA and will receive a total of $12,293,405 from ARP under the HEERF student portion.

As of June 30, 2021, Kirkwood has disbursed $3,168,305 of the CRRSAA funds and $2,625,343.00 of the ARP funds. Kirkwood estimates 8,500 spring 2021 students could have been eligible to receive the CRSSA funds. Kirkwood estimates 10,000 spring 2021 and summer 2021 students could have been eligible to receive the ARP funds. 1,459 students received the CRRSAA funds. 1,680 students received the ARP funds.

Kirkwood utilized an application to award Emergency Grants to students. Students indicated their categories of need (housing, food, technology, etc.) on the application and confirmed that they had these needs because of being impacted by COVID-19.

Kirkwood determined values for each category of need using its Cost of Attendance and research into average costs. Kirkwood awarded students up to a maximum amount of $6000 based on the costs associated with these categories of need.

Students who received the CRSSA funds were sent the following email:

[Student Name],

This email is to inform you that you have been awarded an emergency grant to assist with the unanticipated expenses due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus. This grant is provided by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020.

The grant will be sent to you either as a check or through direct deposit (if you have already set up direct deposit on your Kirkwood account) on [Date]. If you requested that the grant be applied to an outstanding balance, that was done and any remaining amount will be sent to you. To see your award amount, click on 'Check Status' under the Financial Aid heading on the Hub to go to the Financial Aid checklist. From the checklist, you can then choose to view your awards.

The award amount is available for you to use at your discretion. This includes using the funds to pay for living expenses such as food, transportation, and housing, etc., and other expenses you may have.

In addition to this award, we want to help you continue to make progress toward finishing your current classes and with making plans for registration for future semesters.

If you need any help with classes, personal support, or help planning for future terms, please contact your advisor, one of your instructors, or a student assistance team member in the Dean of Students Office, 319-398-5540 or by email at: studentassistance@kirkwood.edu.

Sincerely,

Kirkwood Community College

 

Students who received the ARP funds were sent the following email:

[Student Name],

This email is to inform you that you have been awarded an emergency grant to assist with the unanticipated expenses due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus. This grant is provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021.

The grant will be sent to you either as a check or through direct deposit (if you have already set up direct deposit on your Kirkwood account) on [Date]. If you requested that the grant be applied to an outstanding balance, that was done and any remaining amount will be sent to you. To see your award amount, click on 'Check Status' under the Financial Aid heading on the Hub to go to the Financial Aid checklist. From the checklist, you can then choose to view your awards.

The award amount is available for you to use at your discretion. This includes using the funds to pay for living expenses such as food, transportation, and housing, etc., and other expenses you may have.

In addition to this award, we want to help you continue to make progress toward finishing your current classes and with making plans for registration for future semesters.

If you need any help with classes, personal support, or help planning for future terms, please contact your advisor, one of your instructors, or a student assistance team member in the Dean of Students Office, 319-398-5540 or by email at: studentassistance@kirkwood.edu.

Sincerely,

Kirkwood Community College

 

September 30, 2021 ARP Student Grant Reporting

As of September 30, 2021, Kirkwood has disbursed a total of $9,429,945 in ARP funds. In addition to the students in the previous report, Kirkwood estimates 8,150 fall 2021 students could be eligible to receive the ARP funds. As of September 30, 2021, 4,883 students received ARP funds.

For the fall 2021 semester, Kirkwood disbursed block grants to students who had an EFC of 12,000 or less, with lower EFC student receiving higher amounts. These block grants ranged from $500 to $1,800. In addition, specific Kirkwood staff members are able to award emergency grants based on a conversation with the student, where they assessed needs and the impact of pandemic on the student. Kirkwood awarded a maximum of $1,000 based on the student’s individual need.

Students received the same email in the fall term as in previous terms.

Notification of Institutional CARES Act Funding

We are pleased to update you on the progress we are making to meet the urgent needs of our faculty, staff and students. Kirkwood Community College received Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) funding in support of costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus. Pursuant to the requirements of Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, Kirkwood Community College is publishing the following information regarding the institutional costs incurred due to the coronavirus.

$3,168,305 is the total amount Kirkwood received pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement which can be used for institutional costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

The following Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reports under CARES Act Section 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion are presented for your information: