May 20, 2020
In compliance with the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) requirements under the CARES Act, Hawkeye Community College acknowledges the certification and agreement form was signed and returned and that Hawkeye intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the relief funds in emergency financial aid grants to students. Hawkeye will receive a total of $884,524 under the HEERF student portion. Of those funds, $511,904.50 has been distributed to 479 students as of May 20, 2020. An estimated 2,000 students at Hawkeye are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore potentially eligible to receive one of the emergency financial aid grants. Grants were awarded to students requesting assistance on a first-come, first-served basis with students completing a form certifying their related expenses. Hawkeye then verified each student was eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant using its Student Information System and providing additional guidance for students who still needed to complete steps to be eligible, such as FAFSA completion. Eligible students withdrawing from courses after moving courses to exclusively online instruction were awarded funds equal to the cost of those course credits. Initial awards provided in response to student requests for assistance were capped at $1,500 per student. Potentially eligible students received an email advising them of CARES Act grant funds and additional guidance was placed on the College website with an application form. The College website header advises students: COVID-19 Emergency Funds are available to Hawkeye students affected by the disruption of campus operations. Learn more and apply today to see if you qualify! Students needing additional assistance such as working through the financial aid application process are referred to the Financial Aid Office.