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CARES Act Information

The CARES Act (Also known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) is federal legislation which provides a variety of financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to provide emergency funding to higher education institutions.  A portion of each institution’s allocation must be awarded to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis. Information pertaining to the Student Emergency Grants is located below.

Ridge Technical College has signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement to receive $516,450 from the Department, provided under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.  The institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Ridge Technical College is $258,225 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is $258,225.
The estimated total number of students who deemed eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to apply for and receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to student under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 54.
The total number of students who have applied and received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act has been 38.

Ridge Technical College awarded $135,500 to students during our first round of distributions. The remaining $122,725 for Ridge Technical College  will be distributed to students during this final round of distributions.
Awards will vary depending on the amount of eligible applicants.

To be eligible, the applicant must meet all of the following requirements:
– Be a currently enrolled student at Ridge Technical College
– Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program
– Have a High School Diploma or GED
– Must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress
– Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen
– Have submitted a 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
– Be Pell eligible
– Complete the online application

Additionally, awards may be withheld if you have already obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher.

All grant applications will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Office and may require additional criteria be met. Students will be notified on the status of their application via email. Students who qualify for grant funds will have the money disbursed via check.

The technical colleges of Polk County Public Schools are committed to helping our students through this pandemic and onward to achieve their academic goals.

Please apply by Monday, November 30, 2020. Checks will be distributed prior to Winter Break.

Ridge COVID-19 Emergency Aid Grant Application