Recently, Richport Technical College applied for a grant from the United States Department of Education to assist our students during this horrific period of our state and national coronavirus experience. These funds would go directly to approved students to help and continue during this period.
I am happy to announce that our application was accepted and approved. Funds will now be available to students that apply to and approved by the Richport Technical College. An application is attached. It is important for you to understand, that without your applying for the grant it will not be awarded. You must apply and a Student Services Committee will determine your qualification to receive the financial assistance.
Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires Richport to utilize the funds received to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). This Certification and Agreement solely concerns the emergency financial aid grants to students under Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act.
Richport is promptly making available emergency financial aid grants from the advanced funds directly to our students for your expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses. We shall not use the advanced funds to reimburse our school for any costs or expenses, including but not limited to any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus and/or any refunds or other benefits that Richport previously issued to our students.
Richport retains discretion to determine the amount of each individual emergency financial aid grant consistent with all applicable laws including non-discrimination laws. We do acknowledge that the Secretary recommends the maximum Federal Pell Grant for the applicable award year as an appropriate maximum amount for a student’s emergency financial aid grant in most cases, and that Richport should be mindful of each student’s particular socioeconomic circumstances in the staging and administration of these grants.
The Secretary strongly encourages Richport’s financial aid administrator to exercise the
use of professional judgment available under Section 479A of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), 20 U.S.C § 1087tt, to make adjustments on a case-by-case basis to exclude individual emergency financial aid grants from the calculation of a student’s expected family contribution. The Secretary does not consider these individual emergency financial aid grants to constitute Federal financial aid under Title IV of the HEA.
It is important for you to know that in consideration for the advanced funds and as conditions for our student receipt, as a student you are to understand, and agrees that Richport funds shall not be used for any purpose other than the direct payment of grants to students for your expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care.
Your consideration by the Student Services Committee will be based upon the need as provided in your application. Our consideration will be made based upon arrival of applications. Any assistance to you must be approved, and you must provide the application.
Finally, it is my duty to inform you that you may apply up to a maximum of $1500. If you have any questions please refer to the attached application and contact either your Puerto Rico or Louisiana designated staff member, as found in your application.