COVID-19 Relief Funding

COVID-19 Relief Funding

Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 - HR 133 COVID-19 Relief Funds

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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

View Southwest Texas Junior College's Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report for more information.

  1. Southwest Texas Junior College (SWTJC) received funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”). The College has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement required by the Act and intends to 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 eligible students.

  2. SWTJC received $1,868,479 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Title IV eligible students.

  3. As of 12/31/20, SWTJC has distributed $1,653,350.00 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  4. SWTJC estimates that 2,177 students are 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.

  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, as of 12/31/2020, is 2205.

  6. SWTJC uses a method of student application and eligibility certification by its Financial Aid office to determine which students will receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants. Each eligible student will receive an award of $500 for an initial award.  In the event that remaining funds are available, the institution will re-examine the needs of student applicants.

  7. Each student receiving an Emergency Financial Aid Grant received an emailed notification and instructions from the Financial Aid Director: 

Subject: We have completed an evaluation of your application for SWTJC Student CARES Act Aid. An activated award has been posted to your online WebAdvisor account. The award will be transmitted through the arrangements you have made with your BankMobile account. 
Money from the CARES Act is not considered financial assistance under federal statute, nor Department of Education regulations. As such, these funds will not impact your eligibility for regular financial aid (e.g., grants, scholarships, loans). 
If you owe an outstanding balance to Southwest Texas Junior College, these funds will not be applied to any balance owed to SWTJC and will be paid directly to you. 
Federal regulations stipulate that all CARES Act funds must be disbursed directly to the student and may not be applied toward outstanding balances. To use these funds to pay-off an outstanding
balance with SWTJC, a student must make a payment to their account on WebAdvisor. 
Please use the following link to access the Frequently Asked Questions document from the Department of Education:

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 contact the Help Desk at (830) 591-7323.