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CARES Act

  1. An acknowledgement 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.

    College of the Desert has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and will use no less than 50% of the funds received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  2. 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.

    College of the Desert has received $3,530,673.00 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants for our students. For the Spring 2020 term, the institution will distribute $1,480,134.78 to eligible students who submit a CARES Act application and meets the requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of Education and College of the Desert standards and timelines. For the Summer 2020 term, the institution will allocate half a million dollars. For the Fall 2020 term, the institution will distribute $1.5 million dollars to eligible students who submit a CARES Act application and meets the requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of Education and College of the Desert standards and timelines.

  3. 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).

    College of the Desert did not distribute any funds for the 30-day report (i.e., May 4, 2020). For the 45-day report (i.e., June 18, 2020), College of the Desert distributed 1.5 million of dollars to eligible students who met the U.S. Department of Education requirements of the CARES Act emergency financial aid grants. For subsequent 45-day report (i.e., August 2, 2020), the institution will report the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants of the CARES Act.

  4. 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.

    For the Spring 2020 term, College of the Desert invited 6,481 preliminary eligible students to submit an online application for emergency financial aid grants of the CARES Act.

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

    For the Spring 2020 term, the institution will award 1,713 students who received an emergency financial aid grant of the CARES Act.

  6. 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.

    In order to be eligible for an emergency fund grants, students must demonstrate eligibility to receive Title IV aid and meet all nine of the following requirements:

    1. Be registered at College of the Desert for Spring 2020 courses

    2. Be in good academic standing

    3. Be enrolled in a certificate or associate degree program at COD

    4. Have an active Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 2019-2020 application

    5. Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

    6. Have a valid social security number

    7. Must have registered for Selective Service (if male)

    8. Have a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED)

    9. In a program leading to obtaining a degree or certificate.

    For the Spring 2020 term, eligible students will receive a total of $864.06 of emergency financial aid grant of the CARES Act.

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

College of the Desert adhered to the eligibility requirement standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Education on the distribution of the emergency financial aid of the CARES Act and eligible for Title IV funding. The institution developed student reports and queries based on the federal guidelines. Preliminary eligible students for the emergency financial aid grants were invited to apply to receive these funds from the CARES Act. An online application was created by the institution to invite the students who met preliminary the U.S. Department of Education eligibility requirements for the CARES Act distribution. invitation to apply included English and Spanish instructions for these students to submit an online application requesting emergency financial aid grants available through the CARES Act. For a three-week period, students were sent directions and guidance to apply to their College of the Desert student email address. Once applicants submitted an emergency financial aid grants application for CARES Act, students received an automatic message informing of the timeline of when the institution will notify if they meet the requirements along with instructions for where to send their questions. Eligible students were further screened to ensure compliance with the federal guidelines and distributed the funds equally across students who submitted a successful application.​​​​​​​