Financial Assistant Resources
Federal CARES Act Funding (Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting)
The recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed by Congress and signed into law, provides funding to colleges and universities through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). The University will utilize no less than 50% of the funding received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
Pursuant to the Certification and Agreement signed by Northwest Educational Center and submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, Northwest Educational Center will be allocated $259,632.00 in HEERF Student Share Grant Funds. While Northwest Educational Center has received confirmation of the availability of the funds, Northwest Educational Center has not yet drawn the available funds.
HEERF Funds Distribution
This is Northwest Educational Center’s first 30-day progress report and presents information as of June 20, 2020.
June 20, 2020
Total # of students eligible to receive HEERD Financial Aid Grant: 277
Total # of students who have received HEERD Financial Aid Grant: 0
Total amount of HEERD funds awarded: 0
Northwest Educational Center developed a methodology to award funds in a manner that prioritizes students with the greatest demonstrated financial need and ensures that funds are distributed as widely as possible to students impacted by the campus disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. All eligible students who submit a completed application by July 15, 2020 will be considered for funding. Funding will be prioritized based on the amount of eligible expenses and the student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA.
In addition to the application, students must meet the following criteria:
- were enrolled at least half-time as of March 18, 2020;
- were not enrolled exclusively in an online program as of March 18, 2020;
- filed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which was accepted by Northwest Educational Center for 2019-2020 or 2020-2021;
- are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or eligible non-citizens;
- are making Satisfactory Academic Progress, as defined by the student’s program.
We invite eligible students to apply for consideration before July 15, 2020. Funds will continue to be awarded after that date if they have not been spent.
The current interpretation of the guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education indicates that students who have graduated or otherwise withdrawn prior to the award date and are not continuing their education at Northwest Educational Center are not eligible to receive funds. Northwest Educational Center is reserving a portion of the funds for otherwise eligible students in this situation, for consideration if the federal rules change.