Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Report

Capstone College OPE ID 030199-00 received education stabilization funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), Public Law No: 116-136. This Fund Report applies to the student portion received under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund that is designated exclusively for emergency financial aid grants to students. The institution is making the below information available for transparency purposes and in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education’s (“Department”) Electronic Announcement of May 6, 2020.

For questions or concerns regarding this Fund Report, please contact Mark Hecht, Financial Aid Director, mhecht@capstonecolleges.com. The college received its allocation on April 25, 2020. The initial notice is required to be posted 30 after that date and updated every 45 days thereafter.

The institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. The institution has used, or 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.

The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $31,231. The total amount of emergency financial aid grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of this Fund Report is $31,266. The allocation has been fully awarded and disbursed. The estimated total number of students at the institution 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 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, as of the date of this Fund Report is 61. The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of this Fund Report is 47.

Every attempt was made to provide as much as possible to as many affected students as possible. The school provided funds in 2 rounds. The first round concluded May 6, the second round concluded May 20. The institution determined which students receive emergency financial aid grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as follows:

All students who were active at any time from March 13 through May 20.

Students with an EFC of 20,000 or below.

Group 1: Students who applied by May 6, 2020 who put on the current year FAFSA that they lived off campus not with parents were awarded $850. Students who put on the current year FAFSA that they lived with parents were awarded $450.

Group 2: Students who applied by May 20, 2020 were awarded a prorated amount at 52.5% using the above criteria as funds are limited. Students who put on the current year FAFSA that they lived off campus not with parents were awarded $446. Students who put on the current year FAFSA that they lived with parents were awarded $236.

Instructions, directions, or guidance provided to students concerning the Higher Education Emergency Relief Grant

Students were notified of the availability of the Emergency Relief Grant by the school via email. Students were instructed to complete the application attached to the email. Students on LOA or who had already graduated were also notified. All students were encouraged to apply. Any students that did not fill out the FAFSA were similarly encouraged to apply. Students that had not applied after 2 weeks were reminded via follow up email, text, and phone call and encouraged to apply.

FAQ

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) is part of the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It provides emergency grants from the U.S. Department of Education to eligible students to help cover education-related expenses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act directs recipients to use the funds they receive for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations resulting from the coronavirus. These include expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care or childcare.

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to confirm that students receiving CARES Act emergency grants meet basic eligibility for federal “Title IV” financial aid. These eligibility criteria include having a demonstrated financial need certified by the family-income information provided on the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); being a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen; and being enrolled in a degree or certificate program and making satisfactory academic progress. For a complete list of federal student aid requirements, visit the Department of Education’s Student Financial Aid Eligibility Criteria page.
NOTE: Please Add link to the Department of Education’s Student Financial Aid Eligibility Criteria page https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/eligibility/requirements

Yes. The application was distributed to eligible students. Students were notified of their grant awards and checks were prepared in May and June.

The college-based the determination on need based on the living arrangements as well as reported on a FAFSA showing the lowest EFC covering the period of time the student is enrolled in the college. Living off-campus not with parents determine more ‘need’ than students living with parents. Also, lower EFC determines more ‘need’.  Students who do not complete a FAFSA are still eligible and encouraged to apply.

No. Recipients of the CARES Act HEERF Student Emergency grants will see no impact on the calculation of their full financial need.  You may receive this grant in addition to other aid awarded.

No. Recipients of emergency grants will see no impact on the calculation of their full financial need.

No. The grants are not included in gross taxable income.

No, the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants to students are intended to go to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses. The disbursement of the emergency student grant must remain unencumbered by the college; debts, charges, fees, or other amounts owed to the college may not be deducted from the emergency financial aid grant.

No. The CARES Act Emergency Grant funding is to provide one-time relief to mitigate the disruption caused by COVID-19. In no circumstance will recipients of this grant will have to return any portion of the funds.

HEERF Quarterly Reporting

CategoryAmount in (a)(1) institutional dollarsAmount in (a)(2) dollars,if applicableAmount in (a)(3) dollars,if applicableExplanatory Notes
Providing additional emergency financial aid grants to students.1$0$0$0
Providing reimbursements for tuition, housing, room and board, or other fee refunds$0$0$0
Providing tuition discounts.$0$0
Covering the cost of providing additional technology hardware to students, such as laptops or tablets, or covering the added cost of technology fees.$0$0$0
Providing or subsidizing the costs of high‐speed internet to students or faculty to transition to an online environment.$0$0$0
Subsidizing off‐campus housing costs due to dormitory closures or decisions to limit housing to one student per room; subsidizing housing costs to reduce housing density; paying for hotels or other off‐campus housing for students who need to be isolated; payingtravel expenses for students who need to leave campus early due to coronavirus infections or campus interruptions.$0$0$0
Subsidizing food service to reduce density in eating facilities, to provide pre‐packaged meals, or to add hours to food service operations to accommodate social distancing.$0$0$0
Costs related to operating additional class sections to enable social distancing, such as those for hiring more instructors and increasing campus hours of operations.$0$0$0
Campus safety and operations.2$7721$0$0

To support any element of the cost of attendance (as defined under Section 472 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA)) per Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act and the Interim Final Rule published in the Federal Register on June 17, 2020 (85 FR 36494). Community Colleges in California, all public institutions in Washington State, and all institutions in Massachusetts have different requirements due to recent U.S. District Court actions. Please discuss with legal counsel. HEERF litigation updates can be found here.

Including costs or expenses related to the disinfecting and cleaning of dorms and other campus facilities, purchases of personal protective equipment (PPE), purchases of cleaning supplies, adding personnel to increase the frequency of cleaning, the reconfiguration of facilities to promote social distancing, etc.

CategoryAmount in (a)(1) institutional dollarsAmount in (a)(2) dollars,if applicableAmount in (a)(3) dollars,if applicableExplanatory Notes
Purchasing, leasing, or renting additional instructional equipment and supplies (such as laboratory equipment or computers) to reduce the number of students sharing equipment or supplies during a single class period and to provide time for disinfection between
uses.
$0$0$0
Replacing lost revenue due to reduced enrollment.$0$0
Replacing lost revenue from non‐tuition sources (i.e., cancelled ancillary events; disruption of food service, dorms, childcare or other facilities; cancellation of use of campus venues by other
organizations, lost parking revenue, etc.).3
$0$0
Purchasing faculty and staff training in online instruction; or paying additional funds to staff who are providing training in addition to their regular job responsibilities$0$0$0
Purchasing, leasing, or renting additional equipment or software to enable distance learning, or upgrading campus wi‐fi access or extending open networks to parking lots or public spaces, etc.$51.548$0$0
Other Uses of (a)(1) Institutional Portion funds.4$0
Other Uses of (a)(2) or (a)(3) funds, if applicable.5$0$0
Quarterly Expenditures for each Program$0$0$0
Total of Quarterly Expenditures$59.269$0$0

Including continuance of pay (salary and benefits) to workers who would otherwise support the work or activities of ancillary enterprises (e.g., bookstore workers, foodservice workers, venue staff, etc.).

Please post additional documentation as appropriate and briefly explain in the “Explanatory Notes” section. Please note that costs for Section 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion funds may only be used “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; endowments; or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship.”

Please post additional documentation as appropriate and briefly explain in the “Explanatory Notes” section. Please note that costs for Sections 18004(a)(2) and (a)(3) funds may only be used “to defray expenses, including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff trainings, payroll incurred by institutions of higher education and for grants to students for any component of the student’s cost of attendance (as defined under section 472 of the HEA), including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.”