Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I)

CARES Act Student Aid Report

Cecil College CARES Act Student Aid Report – Updated January 27, 2021

In accordance with Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act" or the "Act"), The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund ("HEERF") contained in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, and the guidance issued by the United States Department of Education, including Office of Postsecondary Education’s guidance dated May 6, 2020, Cecil College submits this report concerning the first award Cecil College received under the HEERF consisting of funds for Emergency Finance Aid Grants to students.

Acknowledgement of Funding and Certification

Cecil College reviewed, signed and returned the U.S. Department of Educations’ Certification and Agreement for these funds on April 28, 2020. Cecil College received a grant award notification on May 2, 2020. As required by the certification, Cecil College will use no less than fifty percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants directly to students.

Funds Awarded for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Cecil College received $557,812 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19.

Emergency Financial Aid Grants Distributed to Students to Date Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act

Of the $557,812 Cecil College received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19, Cecil College has distributed $557,812 as of the date of this report.

Eligible Students

For the spring 2020 semester:
Cecil College has approximately 979 students as of the date of this report that were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 by filing a valid FAFSA for the 2019-2020 academic year and, thus, were eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Further, as per guidance pertaining to Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, only those students who were still enrolled in credit courses but not 100% online at the time of the campus closure are eligible for funds.

For the fall 2020 semester:
Cecil College has approximately 291 students as of the date of this report that are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 by filing a valid FAFSA for the 2020-2021 academic year and, thus, are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Further, as per guidance pertaining to Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, only those students who are enrolled in credit courses and are not 100% online during the Fall 2020 semester are eligible for funds.

Eligible Students Receiving CARES Act Aid

As of the date of this report, Cecil College has distributed funds it received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19 to 834 students in the spring 2020 semester. Cecil College had 37 students decline the award due to not having related expenses, 6 who accepted the award but did not deposit or otherwise cash their check, and 102 who did not respond and, therefore, forfeited the funds.

As of the date of this report, Cecil College has distributed funds it received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19 to 229 students in the fall 2020 semester. Cecil College had 3 students decline the award due to not having related expenses and 59 who have not yet responded.

Distribution Method

Funds Already Distributed

In order to qualify for Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, Cecil College students must first be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and incur expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Certain criteria, as outlined by the Department of Education, were also included, such as being enrolled in credit courses and not being fully online at the time of the campus closure and beyond. For the spring 2020 semester:
Based on funding level and number of eligible students, a flat amount of $550 was determined as the awarded amount. This amount was the same for all eligible students, regardless of their enrolled hours as it was determined that all students faced the same disruptions caused by the campus closure, irrespective of their enrollment level.

In order to distribute this grant as expeditiously as possible, beginning on May 15, 2020, Cecil College provided Emergency Federal Aid Grant relief to students in the same manner as it had previously provided institutional need-based aid, through students’ online accounts.

For the fall 2020 semester:
In an effort to utilize all remaining student distribution funds, and based on number of eligible students, a flat amount of $450 was determined as the awarded amount. This amount was the same for all eligible students, regardless of their enrolled hours as it was originally determined that all students faced the same disruptions caused by the campus closure, irrespective of their enrollment level, and this did not change in the fall semester.

Funds Pending Distribution

As of the date of this report, Cecil College has expended the full portion specifically designated to students and has a further $26,550 pending acceptance and distribution from the intuitional portion. No additional funds are expected to be allocated from the institutional portion for student awards.

Communication to Students Concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants

Spring 2020 students were notified of the determination of their eligibility for these funds via email on either May 6, 2020 or May 20, 2020. Due to enrollment requirements, the first cohort of students to receive emails on May 6, 2020 were those scheduled to graduate on May 17, 2020. All remaining students were notified on May 20, 2020. Students were asked to reply to the email and confirm if they had incurred expenses related to the campus closure. Those students who replied had their funds released on a weekly basis to correspond with the date of their reply.

Fall 2020 students were notified of the determination of their eligibility for these funds via email on October 28, 2020. Students were asked to reply to the email and confirm if they had incurred expenses related to the campus closure. Students who received funds previously, during the spring 2020 semester, were asked to confirm expenses totaling the sum of both disbursements. Those students who replied had their funds released on a weekly basis that corresponded with the date of their reply. As of the date of this report no deadline has been given to these students and, provided they have not yet graduated and/or discontinued enrollment, have the opportunity to accept the award.

October 28, 2020

In accordance with Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act" or the "Act"), The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund ("HEERF") contained in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, and the guidance issued by the United States Department of Education, including Office of Postsecondary Education’s guidance dated May 6, 2020, Cecil College submits this report concerning the first award Cecil College received under the HEERF consisting of funds for Emergency Finance Aid Grants to students.

Acknowledgement of Funding and Certification

Cecil College reviewed, signed and returned the U.S. Department of Educations’ Certification and Agreement for these funds on April 28, 2020. Cecil College received a grant award notification on May 2, 2020. As required by the certification, Cecil College will use no less than fifty percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants directly to students.

Funds Awarded for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Cecil College received $557,812 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19.

Emergency Financial Aid Grants Distributed to Students to Date Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act

Of the $557,812 Cecil College received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19, Cecil College has distributed $458,700 as of the date of this report.

Eligible Students

For the 2020 Spring Semester

Cecil College has approximately 979 students as of the date of this report that were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 by filing a valid FAFSA for the 2019-2020 academic year and, thus, were eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Further, as per guidance pertaining to Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, only those students who were still enrolled in credit courses but not 100% online at the time of the campus closure are eligible for funds.

For the Fall 2020 Semester

Cecil College has approximately 291 students as of the date of this report that are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 by filing a valid FAFSA for the 2020-2021 academic year and, thus, are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Further, as per guidance pertaining to Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, only those students who are enrolled in credit courses and are not 100% online during the Fall 2020 semester are eligible for funds.

Eligible Students Receiving CARES Act Aid

As of the date of this report, Cecil College has distributed funds it received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19 to 834 students in the spring 2020 semester. Cecil College had 37 students decline the award due to not having related expenses, 6 who accepted the award but did not deposit or otherwise cash their check, and 102 who did not respond and, therefore, forfeited the funds.

As of the date of this report, Cecil College has an additional 291 awards pending distribution for the fall 2020 semester.

Distribution Method

Funds Already Distributed

In order to qualify for Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, Cecil College students must first be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and incur expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Certain criteria, as outlined by the Department of Education, were also included, such as being enrolled in credit courses and not being fully online at the time of the campus closure and beyond.

Based on funding level and number of eligible students, a flat amount of $550 was determined as the awarded amount. This amount was the same for all eligible students, regardless of their enrolled hours as it was determined that all students faced the same disruptions caused by the campus closure, irrespective of their enrollment level.

In order to distribute this grant as expeditiously as possible, beginning on May 15, 2020, Cecil College provided Emergency Federal Aid Grant relief to students in the same manner as it had previously provided institutional need-based aid, through students’ online accounts.

Funds Pending Distribution

As of the date of this report, Cecil College has $100,762 remaining for distribution from the student funds. In an effort to exhaust all student funds to Cecil College students, an additional $30,188 has been awarded from the institutional portion. It has been determined that these funds will be offered to all students who meet the award criteria for the fall 2020 semester at a flat rate of $450 per student. This amount is the same for all eligible students, regardless of their enrolled hours as it was determined that all students faced the same disruptions caused by the campus closure, irrespective of their enrollment level. These awards will exhaust the student funds awarded to Cecil College and no funds will be held for future terms of enrollment.

Communication to Students Concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants

Spring 2020 students were notified of the determination of their eligibility for these funds via email on either May 6, 2020 or May 20, 2020. Due to enrollment requirements, the first cohort of students to receive emails on May 6, 2020 were those scheduled to graduate on May 17, 2020. All remaining students were notified on May 20, 2020. Students were asked to reply to the email and confirm if they had incurred expenses related to the campus closure. Those students who replied had their funds released on a weekly basis to correspond with the date of their reply.

Fall 2020 students were notified of the determination of their eligibility for these funds via email on October 28, 2020. Students were asked to reply to the email and confirm if they have incurred expenses related to the campus closure. Students who received funds previously, during the spring 2020 semester, will be asked to confirm expenses totaling the sum of both disbursements. Those students who reply will have their funds released on a weekly basis to correspond with the date of their reply.

October 2, 2020

In accordance with Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act" or the "Act"), The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund ("HEERF") contained in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, and the guidance issued by the United States Department of Education, including Office of Postsecondary Education's guidance dated May 6, 2020, Cecil College submits this report concerning the first award Cecil College received under the HEERF consisting of funds for Emergency Finance Aid Grants to students.

Acknowledgement of Funding and Certification

Cecil College reviewed, signed and returned the U.S. Department of Educations' Certification and Agreement for these funds on April 28, 2020. Cecil College received a grant award notification on May 2, 2020. As required by the certification, Cecil College will use no less than fifty percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants directly to students.

Funds Awarded for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Cecil College received $557,812 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19.

Emergency Financial Aid Grants Distributed to Students to Date Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act

Of the $557,812 Cecil College received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19, Cecil College has distributed $460,350 as of the date of this report.

Eligible Students

Cecil College has approximately 979 students as of the date of this report that are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 by filing a valid FAFSA for the 2019-2020 academic year and, thus, are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Further, as per guidance pertaining to Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, only those students who were still enrolled in credit courses but not 100% online at the time of the campus closure are eligible for funds.

Eligible Students Receiving CARES Act Aid

As of the date of this report, Cecil College has distributed funds it received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19 to 839 students. Cecil College has had 37 students decline the award due to not having related expenses.

Distribution Method

Funds Already Distributed

In order to qualify for Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, Cecil College students must first be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and incur expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Certain criteria, as outlined by the Department of Education, were also included, such as still being enrolled in credit courses and not being fully online at the time of the campus closure.

Based on funding level and number of eligible students, a flat amount of $550 was determined as the awarded amount. This amount was the same for all eligible students, regardless of their enrolled hours as it was determined that all students faced the same disruptions caused by the campus closure, irrespective of their enrollment level. In order to distribute this grant as expeditiously as possible, beginning on May 15, 2020, Cecil College provided Emergency Federal Aid Grant relief to students in the same manner as it had previously provided institutional need-based aid, through students' online accounts.

Funds Reserved for Future Distribution

Cecil College has reserved $19,362 for eligible students that incur other additional expenses related to the disruption of on-campus instruction as a result of COVID-19. The reserve amount in Emergency Financial Aid Grants for students under Section 18004(a)(1) may be applied for using the CARES Grant application that will soon be available on the My Financial Aid section of the Finance tab on Cecil College's my.cecil.edu webpage. Cecil College has not finalized its distribution methodology for these funds and reserves its right to modify this report as needed.

An additional $78,100 is available as of the date of this report due to either declined funds or non-response by awarded students. Cecil College is currently in the process of determining an equitable method for distribution of these funds.

Communication to Students Concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants

Students were notified of the determination of their eligibility for these funds via email on either May 6, 2020 or May 20, 2020. Due to enrollment requirements, the first cohort of students to receive emails on May 6, 2020 were those scheduled to graduate on May 17, 2020. All remaining students were notified on May 20, 2020. Students were asked to reply to the email and confirm if they had incurred expenses related to the campus closure. Those students who replied had their funds released on a weekly basis to correspond with the date of their reply.

August 13, 2020

In accordance with Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act" or the "Act"), The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund ("HEERF") contained in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, and the guidance issued by the United States Department of Education, including Office of Postsecondary Education's guidance dated May 6, 2020, Cecil College submits this report concerning the first award Cecil College received under the HEERF consisting of funds for Emergency Finance Aid Grants to students.

Acknowledgement of Funding and Certification

Cecil College reviewed, signed and returned the U.S. Department of Educations' Certification and Agreement for these funds on April 28, 2020. Cecil College received a grant award notification on May 2, 2020. As required by the certification, Cecil College will use no less than fifty percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants directly to students.

Funds Awarded for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Cecil College received $557,812 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19.

Emergency Financial Aid Grants Distributed to Students to Date Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act

Of the $557,812 Cecil College received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19, Cecil College has distributed $460,350 as of the date of this report.

Eligible Students

Cecil College has approximately 979 students as of the date of this report that are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 by filing a valid FAFSA for the 2019-2020 academic year and, thus, are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Further, as per guidance pertaining to Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, only those students who were still enrolled in credit courses but not 100% online at the time of the campus closure are eligible for funds.

Eligible Students Receiving CARES Act Aid

As of the date of this report, Cecil College has distributed funds it received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19 to 839 students. Cecil College has had 37 students decline the award due to not having related expenses.

Distribution Method

Funds Already Distributed

In order to qualify for Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, Cecil College students must first be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and incur expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Certain criteria, as outlined by the Department of Education, were also included, such as still being enrolled in credit courses and not being fully online at the time of the campus closure.

Based on funding level and number of eligible students, a flat amount of $550 was determined as the awarded amount. This amount was the same for all eligible students, regardless of their enrolled hours as it was determined that all students faced the same disruptions caused by the campus closure, irrespective of their enrollment level. In order to distribute this grant as expeditiously as possible, beginning on May 15, 2020, Cecil College provided Emergency Federal Aid Grant relief to students in the same manner as it had previously provided institutional need-based aid, through students' online accounts.

Funds Reserved for Future Distribution

Cecil College has reserved $19,362 for eligible students that incur other additional expenses related to the disruption of on-campus instruction as a result of COVID-19. The reserve amount in Emergency Financial Aid Grants for students under Section 18004(a)(1) may be applied for using the CARES Grant application that will soon be available on the My Financial Aid section of the Finance tab on Cecil College's my.cecil.edu webpage. Cecil College has not finalized its distribution methodology for these funds and reserves its right to modify this report as needed.

An additional $78,100 is available as of the date of this report due to either declined funds or non-response by awarded students. Cecil College is currently in the process of determining an equitable method for distribution of these funds.

Communication to Students Concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants

Students were notified of the determination of their eligibility for these funds via email on either May 6, 2020 or May 20, 2020. Due to enrollment requirements, the first cohort of students to receive emails on May 6, 2020 were those scheduled to graduate on May 17, 2020. All remaining students were notified on May 20, 2020. Students were asked to reply to the email and confirm if they had incurred expenses related to the campus closure. Those students who replied had their funds released on a weekly basis to correspond with the date of their reply.

July 13, 2020

In accordance with Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act" or the "Act"), The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund ("HEERF") contained in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, and the guidance issued by the United States Department of Education, including Office of Postsecondary Education's guidance dated May 6, 2020, Cecil College submits this report concerning the first award Cecil College received under the HEERF consisting of funds for Emergency Finance Aid Grants to students.

Acknowledgement of Funding and Certification

Cecil College reviewed, signed and returned the U.S. Department of Educations' Certification and Agreement for these funds on April 28, 2020. Cecil College received a grant award notification on May 2, 2020. As required by the certification, Cecil College will use no less than fifty percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants directly to students.

Funds Awarded for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Cecil College received $557,812 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19.

Emergency Financial Aid Grants Distributed to Students to Date Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act

Of the $557,812 Cecil College received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19, Cecil College has distributed $460,350 as of the date of this report.

Eligible Students

Cecil College has approximately 979 students as of the date of this report that are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 by filing a valid FAFSA for the 2019-2020 academic year and, thus, are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Further, as per guidance pertaining to Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, only those students who were still enrolled in credit courses but not 100% online at the time of the campus closure are eligible for funds.

Eligible Students Receiving CARES Act Aid

As of the date of this report, Cecil College has distributed funds it received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19 to 839 students. Cecil College has had 37 students decline the award due to not having related expenses.

Distribution Method

Funds Already Distributed

In order to qualify for Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, Cecil College students must first be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and incur expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Certain criteria, as outlined by the Department of Education, were also included, such as still being enrolled in credit courses and not being fully online at the time of the campus closure.

Based on funding level and number of eligible students, a flat amount of $550 was determined as the awarded amount. This amount was the same for all eligible students, regardless of their enrolled hours as it was determined that all students faced the same disruptions caused by the campus closure, irrespective of their enrollment level. In order to distribute this grant as expeditiously as possible, beginning on May 15, 2020, Cecil College provided Emergency Federal Aid Grant relief to students in the same manner as it had previously provided institutional need-based aid, through students' online accounts.

Funds Reserved for Future Distribution

Cecil College has reserved $19,362 for eligible students that incur other additional expenses related to the disruption of on-campus instruction as a result of COVID-19. The reserve amount in Emergency Financial Aid Grants for students under Section 18004(a)(1) may be applied for using the CARES Grant application that will soon be available on the My Financial Aid section of the Finance tab on Cecil College's my.cecil.edu webpage. Cecil College has not finalized its distribution methodology for these funds and reserves its right to modify this report as needed.

An additional $78,100 is available as of the date of this report due to either declined funds or non-response by awarded students. Cecil College is currently in the process of determining an equitable method for distribution of these funds.

Communication to Students Concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants

Students were notified of the determination of their eligibility for these funds via email on either May 6, 2020 or May 20, 2020. Due to enrollment requirements, the first cohort of students to receive emails on May 6, 2020 were those scheduled to graduate on May 17, 2020. All remaining students were notified on May 20, 2020. Students were asked to reply to the email and confirm if they had incurred expenses related to the campus closure. Those students who replied had their funds released on a weekly basis to correspond with the date of their reply.

June 15, 2020

In accordance with Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act" or the "Act"), The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund ("HEERF") contained in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, and the guidance issued by the United States Department of Education, including Office of Postsecondary Education's guidance dated May 6, 2020, Cecil College submits this report concerning the first award Cecil College received under the HEERF consisting of funds for Emergency Finance Aid Grants to students.

Acknowledgement of Funding and Certification

Cecil College reviewed, signed and returned the U.S. Department of Educations' Certification and Agreement for these funds on April 28, 2020. Cecil College received a grant award notification on May 2, 2020. As required by the certification, Cecil College will use no less than fifty percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants directly to students.

Funds Awarded for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Cecil College received $557,812 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19.

Emergency Financial Aid Grants Distributed to Students to Date Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act

Of the $557,812 Cecil College received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19, Cecil College has distributed $451,550 as of the date of this report.

Eligible Students

Cecil College has approximately 979 students as of the date of this report that are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 by filing a valid FAFSA for the 2019-2020 academic year and, thus, are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Further, as per guidance pertaining to Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, only those students who were still enrolled in credit courses but not 100% online at the time of the campus closure are eligible for funds.

Eligible Students Receiving CARES Act Aid

As of the date of this report, Cecil College has distributed funds it received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19 to 821 students.

Distribution Method

Funds Already Distributed

In order to qualify for Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, Cecil College students must first be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and incur expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Certain criteria, as outlined by the Department of Education, were also included, such as still being enrolled in credit courses and not being fully online at the time of the campus closure.

Based on funding level and number of eligible students, a flat amount of $550 was determined as the awarded amount. This amount was the same for all eligible students, regardless of their enrolled hours as it was determined that all students faced the same disruptions caused by the campus closure, irrespective of their enrollment level. In order to distribute this grant as expeditiously as possible, beginning on May 15, 2020, Cecil College provided Emergency Federal Aid Grant relief to students in the same manner as it had previously provided institutional need-based aid, through students' online accounts.

Funds Reserved for Future Distribution

Cecil College has reserved $19,362 for eligible students that incur other additional expenses related to the disruption of on-campus instruction as a result of COVID-19. The reserve amount in Emergency Financial Aid Grants for students under Section 18004(a)(1) may be applied for using the CARES Grant application that will soon be available on the My Financial Aid section of the Finance tab on Cecil College's my.cecil.edu webpage. Cecil College has not finalized its distribution methodology for these funds and reserves its right to modify this report as needed.

Communication to Students Concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants

Students were notified of the determination of their eligibility for these funds via email on either May 6, 2020 or May 20, 2020. Due to enrollment requirements, the first cohort of students to receive emails on May 6, 2020 were those scheduled to graduate on May 17, 2020. All remaining students were notified on May 20, 2020. Students were asked to reply to the email and confirm if they had incurred expenses related to the campus closure. Those students who replied had their funds released on a weekly basis to correspond with the date of their reply.

CARES Act Institutional Portion Report

Cecil College CARES Act Institutional Portion Report – Updated April 9, 2021

In accordance with Section 18004(c) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act" or the "Act"), The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund ("HEERF") contained in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, and the guidance issued by the United States Department of Education, including Office of Postsecondary Education's guidance dated May 6, 2020, Cecil College submits this report concerning the award Cecil College received under the HEERF consisting of funds awarded for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Formula Grants.

Acknowledgement of Funding and Certification

Cecil College reviewed, signed and returned the U.S. Department of Educations' Certification and Agreement for these funds on July 21, 2020. Cecil College received a grant award notification on August 1, 2020. As required by the certification, Cecil College will use up to 50 percent of the funds received to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus so long as such costs do not include payment to contractors for the provision of pre-enrollment recruitment activities, including marketing and advertising; endowments; or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship (collectively referred to as "Recipient's Institutional Costs").

Funds Awarded for Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Formula Grants

Cecil College received $557,811 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus. Through March 31, 2021, Cecil College has expended $320,014 of its awarded funding. The award period for these funds ends July 31, 2021.

Quarterly Institutional Portion Report (PDF)

January 10, 2021

In accordance with Section 18004(c) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act" or the "Act"), The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund ("HEERF") contained in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, and the guidance issued by the United States Department of Education, including Office of Postsecondary Education's guidance dated May 6, 2020, Cecil College submits this report concerning the award Cecil College received under the HEERF consisting of funds awarded for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Formula Grants.

Acknowledgement of Funding and Certification

Cecil College reviewed, signed and returned the U.S. Department of Educations' Certification and Agreement for these funds on July 21, 2020. Cecil College received a grant award notification on August 1, 2020. As required by the certification, Cecil College will use up to 50 percent of the funds received to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus so long as such costs do not include payment to contractors for the provision of pre-enrollment recruitment activities, including marketing and advertising; endowments; or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship (collectively referred to as "Recipient's Institutional Costs").

Funds Awarded for Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Formula Grants

Cecil College received $557,811 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus. Through December 31, 2020, Cecil College has expended $256,505 of its awarded funding. The award period for these funds ends July 31, 2021.

Quarterly Institutional Portion Report (PDF)

October 30, 2020

In accordance with Section 18004(c) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act" or the "Act"), The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund ("HEERF") contained in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, and the guidance issued by the United States Department of Education, including Office of Postsecondary Education's guidance dated May 6, 2020, Cecil College submits this report concerning the award Cecil College received under the HEERF consisting of funds awarded for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Formula Grants.

Acknowledgement of Funding and Certification

Cecil College reviewed, signed and returned the U.S. Department of Educations' Certification and Agreement for these funds on July 21, 2020. Cecil College received a grant award notification on August 1, 2020. As required by the certification, Cecil College will use up to 50 percent of the funds received to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus so long as such costs do not include payment to contractors for the provision of pre-enrollment recruitment activities, including marketing and advertising; endowments; or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship (collectively referred to as "Recipient's Institutional Costs").

Funds Awarded for Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Formula Grants

Cecil College received $557,811 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus. Through September 30, 2020, Cecil College has expended $247,821 of its awarded funding. The award period for these funds ends July 31, 2021.

Quarterly Institutional Portion Report (PDF)

CRRSAA: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)

Cecil College CRRSAA Student Aid Report – Updated April 3, 2021

Although Section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act ("CRRSAA"), The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II ("HEERF II") contained in Section 314 of the CRRSAA, and the United States Department of Education (DOE) have not yet provided guidance on reporting requirements for the distribution of funds under the CRRSAA, Cecil College is providing this information to keep our students up to date on current procedures that pertain to this Act.

Acknowledgement of Funding and Certification

Notification of funding amounts was provided to Cecil College on January 17, 2021. No application process was required in order for funds to be allocated to the college.

Funds Awarded for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Cecil College was allocated $557,812 under Section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSAA for the purpose of providing financial aid grants to students with exceptional need to use for expenses in the following categories: tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, or personal expenses related to education, as well as food, housing, health care (mental or physical), and/or child care.

Emergency Financial Aid Grants Distributed to Students to Date Under Section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSAA

Of the $557,812 Cecil College received under Section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSAA designated for distribution to students with exceptional need in the specified categories, Cecil College has awarded $557,812 as of the date of this report. All funds are currently pending student self-certification in order to be distributed to students.

Eligible Students

For the spring 2021 semester:

Cecil College has 837 students as of the date of this report that were eligible to for funds based on the requirements set forth under Section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSAA. Under Section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSAA these requirements included exhibiting exceptional need, which Cecil College has defined as students having applied for financial aid by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020/2021 year that was received by Cecil as of the date of this report, enrollment in at least one credit under a declared program of study as a non dual-enrolled student, as well as self-certifying to have such need in an applicable category. Per guidance under Section 314(a)(1) students may receive funds even if they are enrolled 100% online as of the date of the report.

For the summer 2021 semester:


Cecil College plans to hold any unexpended funds that were either declined or not accepted during the spring 2021 semester and use them for new awards to enrolled students in the summer 2021 semester. The same criteria based on Section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSAA will be used to determine eligibility in the summer 2021 semester. Additional information regarding awards will be provided after May 2021.

Eligible Students Receiving CRRSAA Aid

As of the date of this report, Cecil College has awarded funds it was awarded under Section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSAA designated for distribution to students with exceptional need, as defined above, to 837 students.

Distribution Method

Funds Already Distributed

As of the date of this report no funds have been distributed to students. All funds are currently pending student self-certification of exceptional need, as defined above, and will be disbursed during the spring 2021 semester.

Funds Reserved for Future Distribution

Cecil College will reserve any funds declined or unexpended during the spring 2021 semester for distribution in the summer 2021 semester, utilizing the same award criteria as outlined above.

Communication to Students Concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants

Students were notified of the determination of their eligibility for these funds via email on April 2, 2021 and April 3, 2021. Students were asked to reply to the email and confirm if they had exceptional need in one of the specified categories. Funds will be distributed to students each Friday following the receipt of their self-certification.

Website Privacy Policy

Cecil College maintains this website to inform you of the many offerings and activities pertinent to the institution. We appreciate the trust you place in Cecil College, and we are committed to respecting your privacy and the security of your personal information. Our privacy statement, dated October 2006, describes the information we collect and how we use it. When using this site, you agree to the terms and conditions listed in the statement.

Privacy Statement

For each visitor to our web site, the web server automatically recognizes the visitor’s domain name. We do not link IP addresses to personally identifiable information. No marketing databases are created as a result of your visit, nor are there any commercial uses made of any such data.

Cecil College does collect the following information:

  1. the domain name of visitors to our web page.
  2. aggregate information on what pages visitors access.
  3. certain technical information, such as the browser version and operating system.
  4. broad demographic information for aggregate use.
  5. the e-mail addresses of those who voluntarily communicate with us via e-mail.
  6. information volunteered by the visitor, such as survey information and/or site registrations.

The information collected is used:

  1. to improve the content of our web site.
  2. to analyze usage trends.
  3. to notify visitors about updates to our web site.
  4. by us to contact visitors for marketing purposes.

If you supply us with your postal address on-line, you may receive periodic mailings from us with information on new class offerings, services or upcoming events.

If you supply us with your telephone number on-line, you may receive telephone contact from us with information regarding new class offerings, services or upcoming events.

If you contact us voluntarily via email, you may receive email messages from us with information regarding new class offerings, services or upcoming events.

The Cecil College web site may contain links and information from other institutions and/or organizations. Cecil is not responsible for the privacy practices of these institutions and/or organizations, access is at your own risk. Cecil College will not sell, rent, or lease your e-mail address to others. Cecil does not set any cookies.

If you have questions about this privacy statement, you may contact us by mail at the following address:

Communications Office
Cecil College
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You may send e-mail to the Communications Office at communicationsoffice@cecil.edu. You may call us at (410) 287-1000.

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