CARES Act Update

HEERF Quarterly Reporting (March-Sept 2020)

Crowder College has completed, signed, and submitted the Department of Education Certification and Agreement and assures that Crowder College will use no less that 50 percent of the funds in accordance with Section 18004 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which provides Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

Crowder College received a total of $1,319,348 in CARES Act funds for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.)

Crowder College began distributing the $1,319,348 of the CARES Act funds to students beginning May 18, 2020 with additional distributions July through September 25, 2020. An application process to distribute unclaimed funds was opened on September 21, 2020. As of September 25, 2020, 1,648 students have claimed $1,284,390.

Crowder College has opened the application to all degree-seeking students enrolled on September 21, 2020.  Following guidance from the Department of Education and Section 484 of the Title IV Higher Education Act of 1965, students are excluded if they:

  • are enrolled in exclusively online courses,
  • are enrolled as a dual credit or dual enrolled student,
  • are not making financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • are international students or those falling into another equivalent category (e.g. Deferred Action Against Childhood Arrivals), or
  • had not submitted a current 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid to the college.

Under the second distribution, Crowder College will award qualified students $500.00 on a first come, first served basis until all funds have been dispersed.

On September 21, 2020, students may begin applying for the CARES Act funds.

The Federal Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides a variety of financial supports to individuals. Crowder College received CARES Act funds to distribute directly to students experiencing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

These funds are provided to help you cover expenses related to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. These funds are not part of your Crowder financial aid award, but you may spend these funds on tuition and fees.

Crowder College, following all guidance from the federal Department of Education, is distributing funds to you as a qualifying student. To qualify, you must currently be eligible for federal Title IV financial aid and must meet enrollment requirements for the Fall 2020 semester.  You may also review the Crowder College CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

The funds will be processed by Crowder College, in the next few days, through our partner, BankMobile Disbursements. These funds will be distributed by Bankmobile based on your refund preference you have already established this semester.  Once you receive the funds you may find more information about BankMobile at: https://bankmobiledisbursements.com/how-it-works/. For additional information about establishing your refund preference, please contact the Crowder College Cashier’s Office at 417.455.5402 and 417.455.5673.  You may contact the Financial Aid office at 417.455.5419 for any other questions regarding the CARES Act.

By accepting these federal CARES Act funds you are acknowledging that you have incurred expenses to cover a disruption due to the coronavirus including expenses related to your cost of attendance, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and/or child care.