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CARES Act: Emergency Relief Funds for Students

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CARES Act included emergency relief funds for post-secondary students attending technology centers. The Department of Education requires the following information to be made available:
 

  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.

    Kiamichi Technology Center signed and returned the Certification and Agreement and the assurances on April 23, 2020, for the student portion and the institutional portion of the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
     
  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.

    Kiamichi Technology Center has received the following in Emergency Financial Aid Grants:
    $511,607 student portion
    $511,607 institutional portion

     
  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).

    As of July 21, $413,000 has been distributed to the students.
     
  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.

    Kiamichi Technology Center has approximately 400 students who maybe eligible to receive the Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) 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.

    As of July 21, 318 students have been distributed a check.
     
  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.

    Kiamichi Technology Center used the following method to determine which students would receive the Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much each student would receive: 

    All post-secondary students enrolled in an approved program at Kiamichi Technology Center, as of March 13, 2020, were reviewed for eligibility requirements.

    Each student that met the following eligibility requirements would have the opportunity to sign a KTC Student Agreement certifying that they had expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus-19 shutdown.

    o    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    o    be a US citizen
    o    have a social security number
    o    have a high school diploma or GED
    o    have registered with Selective Service, if you are a male between the ages 18 to 25 years of age
    o    be making satisfactory academic progress
    o    not have a drug related felony where the offense occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (this will be looked at on a case by case basis) 
    o    not be in default of student loans
    o    not be a concurrent high school student 


    All post-secondary students who met the eligibility requirements and signed the KTC Student Agreement would receive the same amount of funds from the CARES Act.
     
  7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

    CARES ACT Higher Ed Emergency Relief email for FAFSA
    Financial Aid Instructions
    Finish the FAFSA in Five Steps
    2019-20 CARES Act Student Agreement

     

For the latest on how COVID-19 is impacting student financial aid, visit NASFAA’s webpage.  

Contact Financial Aid

District Financial Aid Coordinator
Brad Spears

Atoka – (580) 889-7321
Stephanie Smithart

Durant – (580) 924-7081
Juanita Green

Hugo/Antlers – (580) 326-6491
Evelyn Wilkins

Idabel – (580) 286-7555
Amanda Fulgium

McAlester – (918) 426-0940
Michelle Warmuth

Poteau/Spiro – (918) 647-4525
Lindsey Spradley

Stigler – (918) 967-2801
Sandy Daniels

Talihina – (918) 567-2264
Amanda Dedmon