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Lamar State College Orange Plan for Distributing Emergency Financial Aid Funds

Lamar State College Orange (LSCO) will receive $521,660 in emergency financial aid via the CARES Federal Economic Stimulus Package.

Application


Submit your application for Emergency Financial Aid Funds

Eligibility

Emergency grants will be made available to LSCO students that submit an application and:

  1. Have incurred expenses related to the disruption of LSCO campus activities related to COVID-19;
  2. Were enrolled at LSCO during the spring 2020 semester in at least one face-to-face class, face-to-face lab, or clinical course on or prior to March 13, 2020;
  3. Filed a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) OR will complete and file a FAFSA on or before applying for financial aid emergency funds in addition to meeting all of the following criteria:
    1. U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen that is otherwise eligible to receive federal Title IV aid;
    2. Assigned a valid Social Security number;
    3. Registered with the Selective Service (if required);
    4. Not have a conviction for the possession or sale of illegal drugs;
    5. Completed a high school diploma, General Educational Development (GED), or approved homeschool diploma;
    6. Enrolled in a degree-seeking program during the spring 2020 semester;
    7. Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) guidelines;
    8. Not be in default with any federal student loans or owe an overpayment on any federal grants;

CARES Act Posting Requirements - 7/10/2020

The following information is posted in accordance with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act.

    1. LSCO developed an online application, Application for COVID-19 Emergency Aid, that allowed students to apply for the CARES Act funded financial aid allocation.
      • Students were required to submit a completed application to be considered.
      • Applications were available by May 1, 2020 through May 15, 2020. Awards were issued May 27, 2020.
      • Students were notified via LSCO student email of their award status.
      • Students received either a check or a direct deposit for the award. 
      • A second round of applications were available May 16, 2020 through May 29, 2020. Awards were issued June 9, 2020.
    2. Lamar State College Orange (LSCO) signed and returned to the Department of Education, the Certification and Agreement statement. LSCO will 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.
    3. LSCO received $521,660 from the Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
    4. Disbursement details are as follows:
      • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 24, 2020 was $0.
      • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of June 24, 2020 was $400,000.
      • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 10, 2020 is $521,660.
      • The Institutional portion of the CARES Act will fund the additional Emergency Financial Aid Grants as scholarships for Summer 2020 to all qualifying students.
    5. As of May 24, 2020, an estimated 750 students at LSCO were potentially eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
    6. As of June 24, 2020, the total number of students who will receive an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 400, based on completed applications.
      • Disbursements to the round 1 applicants occurred on May 27, 2020.
      • Disbursements to round 2 applicants occurred on June 9, 2020.
      • All 400 students received a second disbursement on July 1, 2020.
    7. The method used by LSCO to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is based on the following:
      • Distribution of emergency aid funds will be considered for LSCO students that:
        1. Have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus activities due to COVID-19;
        2. Are enrolled in LSCO during the Spring 2020 Semester in a face-to-face class, a face-to-face lab, a combination of face-to-face and online, or clinical courses;
        3. Have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine eligibility based on the following:
            1. Are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (i.e., eligible to receive federal Title IV aid).
            2. Are (or have been) enrolled in a degree-seeking associate or certificate program for Spring 2020.
            3. Are not enrolled exclusively in online courses for the spring semester on or prior to March 13, 2020.
            4. Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
            5. Are not in default on a federal student loan or owe an overpayment on any federal grant.
            6. Have a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.
            7. Have a valid Social Security number.
            8. Are registered with Selective Service (if required).
            9. Are not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale.
        4. International students, high school dual credit students, and incarcerated students are not eligible for CARES funding. 
      • COVID-19 Emergency Aid Amounts
        1. Awards were issued on first come first serve basis.
        2. The estimated minimum award amount was $500.
        3. An estimated maximum award was $1000.
        4. Actual total award amount totaled $1,304.15.
        5. As of July 10, 2020 $0 remains available.

CARES Act Posting Requirements - 5/24/2020

The following information is posted in accordance with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act.

      1. LSCO has developed an online application, Application for COVID-19 Emergency Aid, that allows students to apply for the CARES Act funded financial aid allocation.
        1. Students must submit a completed application to be considered.
        2. Applications will become available by May 1, 2020 and run through May 15, 2020. Awards will be issued no later than May 29, 2020.
        3. Students will be notified via LSCO student email of their award status.
        4. Students who have direct deposit information on file will be paid via direct deposit. 
        5. Checks will be mailed to all students who do not choose a direct deposit option. 
      2. Lamar State College Orange (LSCO) has signed and returned to the Department of Education, the Certification and Agreement statement. LSCO will 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.
      3. LSCO has received $521,660 from the Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
      4. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 24, 2020 is $0. The Institutional portion of the CARES Act will fund the additional Emergency Financial Aid Grants as scholarships for Summer 2020. Total award amounts will be updated every 45 days.
      5. An estimated 750 students at LSCO are potentially eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
      6. The total number of students who will receive an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 334, to be disbursed May 27, 2020. Additional applications are being accepted through May 29, 2020.
      7. The method used by LSCO to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is based on the following:
        1. Distribution of emergency aid funds will be considered for LSCO students that:
          1. Have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus activities due to COVID-19;
          2. Are enrolled in LSCO during the Spring 2020 Semester in a face-to-face class, a face-to-face lab, a combination of face-to-face and online, or clinical courses;
          3. Have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
            1. Did not file a FAFSA but are eligible if they:
              1. Are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (i.e., eligible to receive federal Title IV aid).
              2. Are (or have been) enrolled in a degree-seeking associate or certificate program for Spring 2020.
              3. Are not enrolled exclusively in online courses for the spring semester on or prior to March 13, 2020.
              4. Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
              5. Are not be in default on a federal student loan or owe an overpayment on any federal grant.
              6. Have a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.
              7. Have a valid Social Security number.
              8. Are registered with Selective Service (if required).
              9. Are not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale.
              10. Complete a FAFSA so college can determine eligibility.
          4. International students, high school dual credit students, and incarcerated students are not eligible for CARES funding. 
        2. COVID-19 Emergency Aid Amounts
          1. Awards will be issued on first come first serve basis.
          2. The estimated minimum award amount is $500 and will be determined based on application volume.
          3. An estimated maximum award of $1000 will result in approximately 1,000 students receiving assistance.

Process

    • Application Availability and Publication
      1. Lamar State College Orange will post the Student Emergency Financial Aid Application on their LSCO Webpage https://www.lsco.edu/news/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov.asp.
      2. Students will be informed of the Student Emergency Financial Aid Application through Blackboard global announcements, LSCO email account, text messaging service, and social media.
    • Application Period
      1. Student applications for Student Emergency Financial Aid will be available to LSCO students between May 1, 2020 and May 15, 2020.
      2. Students may complete the application for Student Emergency Financial Aid in an online electronic form available on the LSCO Webpage.
      3. Students who meet the eligibility criteria but do not complete the application for Student Emergency Financial Aid will not be considered for award.
      4. Round two of student applications for Student Emergency Financial Aid will be available to qualifying LSCO students between May 21st and May 29th.
    • Award Determination
      Students who submit the application for Student Emergency Financial Aid during the application period and who meet the eligibility criteria will be awarded a minimum of $500, pending availability of funds.

      LSCO will disburse funds to eligible students on or before May 29, 2020.

    • Award Notification and Distribution
      Students will be notified via their LSCO student email of their award status on or before May 29, 2020. If approved, emergency financial aid funds will be disbursed to LSCO students in the following manner:
      • LSCO Students who have direct deposit information on file will be paid via direct deposit; 
      • Checks will be mailed to all LSCO students who do not have direct deposit information on file.