CARES Act Information
Pursuant to the requirements of Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), Carlson College of Massage Therapy is publishing the following information regarding the awarding and disbursement of funds to students in the form of emergency grants.
Carlson College of Massage Therapy signed and returned the Certification and Agreement and 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.
$11,805.00 is the total amount Carlson College of Massage Therapy will receive pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
Carlson College of Massage Therapy estimates 30 students could be 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.
$11,805.00 is the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to 12 students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of August 1, 2020. An additional student received an award from the institutional funds. This additional award was allowed due to clerical error in receiving the student applications. In total $12,788.75 in funds have been distributed to students.
Carlson College of Massage Therapy utilized an questionnaire/application (see below) to award Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. Students indicated their categories of need (housing, food, technology, etc.) on the application and confirmed that they had these needs because of being impacted by COVID-19.
Carlson College of Massage Therapy awarded to students who they determined were eligible for federal financial aid by using the FAFSA process.
Carlson College of Massage Therapy determined values for each category of need using research into average costs.
Students who received the emergency grants were sent the following email:
You are receiving this email as a person who submitted a request for the HEERF emergency grant for students as a result of COVID-19.
Information was provided to you in emails regarding this grant on three different occasions. It was outlined that the grant money is available to students for costs associated with the move to distance learning due to the interruption of your campus education. These costs may include technology, course materials, food, housing, child care, and healthcare. The funds have arrived and we are ready to disburse them to each of you.
Please respond to this email acknowledging these funds and the fact that you did submit the student questionnaire/application.
A simple response such as, I did submit a student questionnaire/application for the HEERF grant and I understand the intended use of the funds.
You will be receiving a check in the mail for $983.75 once we hear back from you. The checks will be mailed via the US postal system.
PLEASE RESPOND ASAP so the checks can be mailed.
If we are waiting on a FAFSA to verify eligibility, your check may be delayed a few days.
Notification of Institutional CARES Act Funding
We are pleased to update you on the progress we are making to meet the urgent needs of our faculty, staff and students. Carlson College of Massage Therapy received Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) funding in support of costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus. Pursuant to the requirements of Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, Carlson College of Massage Therapy is publishing the following information regarding the institutional costs incurred due to the coronavirus.
$11,804 is the total amount Carlson College of Massage Therapy will receive pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement which can be used for institutional costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
As of September 30, 2020, Carlson College of Massage Therapy has expended the funds in support of the following activities:
Additional cleaning and disinfecting supplies, personal protective equipment, HEPA air purifiers and other materials and supplies necessary to create a safe learning and working environment.
Student assistance and scholarships for those suffering a hardship due to COVID-19.
Additional technology-related equipment, software and data needs related to changes in delivery of instruction and staff support while teleworking.
Additional instructional materials and supplies due to changes in delivery method of instruction.
Additional salary costs related to COVID-19 additional duties.
The following was sent via email to all students announcing the CARES Act
Carlson College of Massage Therapy
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Emergency Funds
What is this emergency grant program?
The recently enacted federal CARES Act provided money to colleges and universities for emergency student grants. The purpose of the money is to award emergency financial aid grants to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.
IMPORTANT: The emergency grants cannot be used to replace a loss of income or to pay for student expenses that are not directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The following is a list of expenses that can be considered for grant assistance if they were incurred in "direct relation to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus."
• Course materials
• Health care
• Technology-related expenses (such as having to buy a computer when courses were moved online)
• Transportation (such as having to fly home because classes were moved to distance)
Do I need to file a 2019-20 FAFSA? No. A student only needs to be eligible to file a FAFSA or already have a FAFSA on file with CCMT.
Students who are not eligible for CARES Act funding should email Pam Ellis, Financial Aid Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with their needs.
Do I need to apply for loans or other aid? No
Who is eligible to apply? See eligibility criteria below.
How many times can I apply? Currently, a student may submit one application for an emergency grant. If CCMT is given additional funding from the CARES Act, students will be notified and will be able to reapply for additional grant assistance at that time.
Students who meet all the criteria:
Be currently enrolled at Carlson College of Massage Therapy
A student only needs to be eligible to file a FAFSA or already have a FAFSA on file with CCMT.
Complete the Student Questionnaire by 11:59pm on Friday, May 1. We cannot accept entries after this date.
How much will I receive?
Schools received a limited amount of funds. Grant amounts will be determined based on the number of applications received and the specific needs presented in the application. CCMT cannot guarantee that all applications submitted will be eligible for funding.
When will we know the results?
Our goal is to award emergency grants as soon as possible, but we do not expect to receive the funds until the week of May 4th at the earliest.
How do students receive the money?
Emergency grants will be processed and students will receive a check. This check will be mailed to the address provided by the student on the Student Questionnaire.
What if I owe CCMT for tuition or other expenses?
The full amount of the emergency grants will be given directly to the student, and will not pay outstanding balances owed to CCMT. Any outstanding balance owed to CCMT will remain the responsibility of the student.
Are the Emergency Grants taxable?
It is unclear at the moment. If we receive updated guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department, we will add that here.
HEERF Emergency Grants to Students
Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. 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.
To be eligible for the HEERF Emergency Grants to Students you must:
be currently enrolled as a student at CCMT
complete the HEERF questionnaire to determine eligibility
provide a brief statement regarding the financial impact of COVID-19 and your disruption of campus operations (including costs such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).
The deadline for submission of the questionnaire and the statement for the HEERF Emergency Grants to Students is May 1, 2020. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.
All funds paid out under the HEERF Emergency Grants to Students will be in the form of a paper check written to the student. No funds under this grant may be withheld by CCMT for fees or tuition.
HEERF Emergency Grants to Students
CCMT program currently enrolled in:_______________________
Should you receive the grant, what is the complete address you would like the grant funds to be sent to (street address, city, state and zip code)
YES NO Did you incur expenses as a result of CCMT going to distance learning due to the coronavirus?
YES NO Of the expenses you incurred, were they related to technology (internet, equipment, cell phone plan and data)?
YES NO Of the expenses you incurred were they related to the cost of food?
YES NO Of the expenses you incurred were they related to housing?
YES NO Of the expenses you incurred were they related to health care costs?
YES NO Of the expenses you incurred were they related to child care?
YES NO Have you (or a family member) suffered a loss of employment or a reduction in hours of employment due to coronavirus?
Please provide an estimated financial impact (dollar amount) that the disruption of campus education has had on you as well as a brief statement about your situation: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________