HIDOE Receives $43 Million in Aid Via CARES Act

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This federal legislation provides financial support to students who qualify.

The distribution of emergency financial aid grants to students is now in process and many students will receive a CARES Act grant award before the end of May.

Florida Southern College in Lakeland received about $2.2 million in emergency aid, spokesman Grant Heston said.

The veterans advocacy group cited education department data that shows undergraduate student veterans are less likely than non-veterans to file a FAFSA. Payne said they are still working through 450 additional applications.

Concord University announced Tuesday it has distributed $511,500 in relief grant money to 574 students. Colleges were invited to apply for grants, and most institutions in Polk County already have received funding.

The Hawai'i Department of Education has received more than $43 million in new federal funding to help local schools retain their workforces, transition to online learning and provide services for students during this public health crisis - especially those in low-income and underserved communities - according to a press release from the office of US Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i).

Louisiana Tech will also be able to offer CARES Act grants of at least $200 each to qualified students who enroll in summer courses; those will be disbursed beginning the week of June 8 after enrollment in the Summer Quarter has been verified. Bennett said they'll be rolling out a program for summer grants in a few days.

BC3 has also set aside about $280,000 for a second phase of distribution to Title IV-eligible students who yet to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as FAFSA.

The $1,000 and $750 grant totals were sent by direct deposit to students' accounts or they were sent a check. The school is still determining how the money will be used after half is awarded to students, spokeswoman Dana Davis said.

Funding from the CARES Act is a one-time grant.

The grants handed out by WVU are separate from reimbursements that occurred in mid-April based on 40 percent of the semester not being completed. "Other examples of eligibility include a student in the residence hall who moved out because of the closure and experienced higher rent and food costs than the residence hall room and board rates".

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