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Baptist Health College Little Rock

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund 

Last update on October 8, 2021

HEERF Information

WHAT IS THE HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND?

The U.S. The Department of Education established the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to support students and institutions during this unprecedented COVID-19 Pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) is federal legislation that provides provisions for funding of emergency financial aid grants to eligible students and institutions who have experienced disruption to educational activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  These funds are allotted to eligible colleges with the distribution at the discretion of the college.  The funds must be unencumbered and are to be used to help with any hardship the COVID-19 pandemic has created.  

Baptist Health College Little Rock (BHCLR) signed and returned the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement form for the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to eligible

BHCLR students.  Further, in accordance with the terms set forth in the CRRSA and APRA supplemental grants, BHCLR also intends to provide the required 50% of the Emergency Financial Aid grants to students.  

HOW MUCH FUNDING HAS BHCLR RECEIVED?

BHCLR received federal grants for student emergency grant allocations in the following ways:

 

Type of Funding Amount Received Date Received
Student Portion
HEERF I (CARES)  $438,175 06/04/2020
HEERF II (CRRSAA)  $438,175 01/18/2021
HEERF III (ARPA)  $1,243,662 05/14/2021

BHCLR received Federal Grants for student emergency grant allocations in the following ways:

 

Type of Funding Amount Received Date Received
Institutional Portion
HEERF I (CARES)  $438,174 09/23/2020
HEERF II (CRRSAA)  $972,135 01/18/2021
HEERF III (ARPA)  $1,243,661 05/14/2021

These federal grants are to be utilized for institutional support for expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic such as lost revenue, additional technology needed for online support as well as campus and safety operations.

HOW HAS BHCLR DETERMINED WHICH STUDENTS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING?

The CARES Act expressly required that institutions provide the emergency financial aid grants directly 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 childcare)”.  The CRRSAA and ARP programs added additional allowances for funding such as components of the students cost of attendance or emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.  The criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; 
  • a valid Social Security number; 
  • registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); 
  • and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.

An additional requirement for eligibility of the grant funds is to complete the Emergency Grant and Technology Grant Applications by posted deadlines.  Below are the deadlines utilized each semester.

 

Term Description of Application Open Date Closed Date
Spring/Fall 2020 Emergency Grant 05/28/2020 08/27/2020
Fall 2020 Technology Grant 06/01/2020 08/28/2020
Spring 2021 Emergency Grant 02/23/2021 03/01/2021
Spring 2021 Technology Grant 03/01/2021 04/02/2021
Fall 2021 Emergency Grant 07/22/2021 08/05/2020
Fall 2021 Technology Grant 07/22/2021 08/05/2021

The initial amount of each grant awarded were based on the following chart:

 

EFC Range Full Time Amounts to be awarded to students
0 3000 $900
3001 6000 $850
6001 8000 $750
8001 10000 $625
100001 20000 $550
20001 30999 $350
31000 60000 $300
61000 99000 $200
No EFT No FAFSA $150

Based on the increase in funding from the U.S. Department of Education, BHCLR increased the awarded amount to students.  The new ranges were as follows:

 

EFC Range Full Time Amounts to be awarded to students
0 3000 $1,150
3001 6000 $1,050
6001 8000 $950
8001 10000 $850
100001 20000 $750
20001 30999 $650
31000 60000 $550
61000 99000 $450
No EFT No FAFSA $300

Furthermore, to help students with the new technology requirements due to being online, BHCLR awarded technology grants in the amount of $300 for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.  Indicators used for these grants include:

  • Enrolled as a qualified student; and
  • Completed the Technology Grant Application.

Funds are also disbursed to students via direct deposit and mail.  Funds were not to be used for other purposes.

Beginning in the Fall 2021 semester, the amount was increased to $500 based on new technology requirements. 

HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE HEERF FUNDING?

Based on U.S. Department of Education guidance, BHCLR estimates there were:

  • 327 BHCLR students were eligible to receive HEERF (CARES) student emergency funding in Spring 2020.
  • 170 BHCLR students were eligible to receive HEERF (CARES) student emergency funding in Fall 2020.
  • 415 BHCLR students were eligible to receive HEERF (CARES) technology grant funding in the Fall 2020.
  • 391 BHCLR students were eligible to receive HEERF (CRRSAA) student emergency funding in Spring 2021.
  • 351 BHCLR students were eligible to receive HEERF (CRRSAA) technology grant funding in Spring 2021.
  • 404 BHCLR students were eligible to receive HEERF (CRRSAA) student emergency funding in Fall 2021.
  • 398 BHCLR students were eligible to receive HEERF (CRRSAA) technology grant funding in Fall 2021.

HOW HAS BHCLR DISBURSED HEERF FUNDING TO STUDENTS?

In addition to the eligibility requirements, BHCLR utilized multiple indicators to determine how the student emergency funding was distributed.  These include:

  • The number of credit hours a qualified student was enrolled;
  • The student’s Estimated Family Contribution(EFC) as determined by their completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); and
  • Completed the BHCLR Emergency Grant Application by posted deadlines.

Funds were disbursed to students via direct deposit and mail. Students were able to sign up for direct deposit by logging in to the BHCLR Campus Portal, selecting the “Student” tab, selecting “Nelnet Enterprise” and clicking “Student Choice Refunds.” If students had questions about direct deposit or the funds being mailed, they could have contacted Student Accounts at businessoffice@bhclr.edu or (501) 202-6055.

HOW MUCH HEERF FUNDING HAS BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO BHCLR STUDENTS?

As of September 30, 2021, BHCLR has distributed a total of $1,429,325 in HEERF emergency and technology grants to 938 students (unduplicated).  

Please note the below figures reflect individual students for each reporting period; therefore, do not represent the total unduplicated amount reflected above.  

A total of $323,350 in HEERF grants were distributed to 697 BHCLR students through June 30, 2020.

A total of $189,150 in HEERF grants were distributed to 528 BHCLR students from July 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020.  

A total of $900 in HEERF grants were distributed to 1 BHCLR student through December 31, 2020.

A total of $393,175 in HEERF grants were distributed to 393 BHCLR students from January 1, 2021 to March 30, 2021. 

A total of $5,300 in HEERF grants were distributed to 20 BHCLR students from April 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021.  

A total of $614,350 in HEERF grants were distributed to 813 BHCLR students from July 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020.

BHCLR has fully expended its CARES grant allocations.  BHCLR has also utilized portions of the CARES and CRRSAA institutional portion to make additional emergency grants to students.

ARE STUDENTS REQUIRED TO SPEND THE MONEY ON CERTAIN THINGS?

The awards for the Student Emergency Grant are given to the students to be used based on each individual student’s needs.  

The Technology Grant has specifically been awarded to students who state they need additional assistance in meeting the technical requirements for online learning.  

WHAT INFORMATION HAS BHCLR PROVIDED REGARDING HEERF?

Students are notified from the Financial Aid Office through campus email regarding information on the Student Emergency Grant or Technology Grant through BHCLR’s HEERF allocations.  The Business Office then sends out notifications to students with the link to the application.  

HEERF Notification to Students

HEERF Quarterly Reports

3rd 2020 Quarter Budget and Expenditure Report – Institutional Portion

4th 2020 Quarter Budget and Expenditure Report – Institutional Portion

1st 2021 Quarter Budget and Expenditure Report – Institutional Portion

2nd 2021 Quarter Budget and Expenditure Report – Institutional Portion

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BHCLR Vaccination Information

As of September 27, 2021, Baptist Health College Little Rock (BHCLR) does not require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to be selected or enrolled in a program of study.   However, many clinical sites utilized by BHCLR programs require the vaccine in order to participate in clinical experiences at their facilities.  Please be notified that if you decline the vaccine, progression/graduation may be delayed due to limited access to clinical sites.  BHCLR COVID-19 vaccination requirements may change at any time in response to organizational, local, state or federal guidelines or mandates.

 

 

 

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