CARES, CRRSAA & ARP

Updated for the period ending June 30, 2022

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law (Pub. L. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020)) and established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for colleges to distribute emergency financial aid grants to students and institutions of higher education.

  • The U.S. Department of Education (“USDOE”) allocated $1,057,016.00 to North Georgia Technical College (“the college”) for emergency financial aid grants to students (“Student Aid Portion”).
  • Pursuant to Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act, the USDOE allocated $1,057,016.00 to the college for the Institutional Aid Portion.
  • Pursuant to Section 18004(a)(2) of the CARES Act, the USDOE initially allocated $102,541.00 to the college as a designated eligible institution under the titles III and V grant programs under the Higher Education Act. The USDOE subsequently allocated an additional $1,194.00, thus increasing the total award to $103,735.00 for the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) Aid Portion.

Subsequently, a second law was enacted: The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act 2021 (CRRSAA) (Pub. L. 116-260 (Dec. 27, 2020)) provided additional funds for the HEERF to assist public and private nonprofit colleges and universities in preparing for, preventing and responding to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

  • Under this second legislation, the USDOE allocated $1,057,016.00 to the college for emergency financial aid grants to students (“Student Aid Portion”).
  • Pursuant to Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA, the USDOE allocated an additional $3,531,956.00 to the college for the Institutional Aid Portion.
  • Pursuant to Section 314(a)(2) of CRRSAA the USDOE allocated an additional $188,809.00 to the college for the SIP Aid Portion.

A third law, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) (Pub. L. 117-2 (Mar. 11, 2021)), provided additional funds for the HEERF to assist public and private nonprofit colleges and universities in preparing for, preventing, and responding to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

  • Under the third law, the USDOE allocated $3,938,838.00 to the college for emergency financial aid grants to students (“Student Aid Portion”).
  • The USDOE also allocated $3,731,736.00 to the college for the Institutional Aid Portion.

In sum, the USDOE awarded the college a total of $14,666,122.00:

$6,052,870.00 Student Aid Portion
$8,320,708.00 Institutional Aid Portion
$292,544.00 Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) Aid Portion
$14,666,122.00 TOTAL

The sections below further describe each portion: Student Aid Portion, Institutional Aid Portion, SIP Aid Portion.

Emergency Financial Aid for Students (“Student Aid Portion”)

These funds are to be used to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. Students who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid (Title IV) funding were considered for the HEERF.

Visit the links below for a PDF of the college’s disbursement plan (including student eligibility, the proposed process for awarding and disbursing emergency funds to students) and reports:

Pursuant to the USDOE’s instructions and starting with the quarter ending June 30, 2022, the Student Aid Portion report is combined with those of the Institutional Aid Portion and the SIP Aid Portion into a single document. See below under the Combined Reports section.

The college has completed the disbursement of 100% ($6,052,870.00) of the Student Aid Portion.

Institutional Aid Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund:

This award is separate from the funding made available for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students (“Student Aid Portion”) described above and the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) Aid Portion described in the next section below.

The college has signed and returned to the USDOE the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the College intends to use the award for any costs associated with significant changes to the college’s delivery of instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic (including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff trainings, and payroll) and make additional emergency financial grants to students, which may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.

Under section 2003(5) of the ARP, the college is required to use a portion of its institutional funds received under this supplemental award to (a) implement evidence-based practices to monitor and suppress coronavirus in accordance with public health guidelines, and (b) conduct direct outreach to financial aid applicants about the opportunity to receive a financial aid adjustment due to the recent unemployment of a family member or independent student, or other circumstances, described in section 479A of the Higher Education Act (HEA) (20 USC § 1087tt).

The college may, but is not required to, use funds designated for its Institutional Costs to provide additional emergency financial aid grants to students. If the college chooses to use these Institutional Costs to provide additional emergency financial aid grants to students, then those funds are subject to the requirements for the ARP Emergency Financial Aid for Students.

No grant funds may be used to fund construction; acquisition of real property; contractors for the provision of pre-enrollment recruitment activities; marketing or recruitment; endowments; capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship; senior administrator or executive salaries, benefits, bonuses, contracts, incentives; stock buybacks, shareholder dividends, capital distributions, and stock options; or any other cash or other benefit for a senior administrator or executive.

The college may charge indirect costs to the Institutional Aid Portion. As the college does not have a current negotiated indirect cost rate with its cognizant agency for indirect costs, it will appropriately charge the de minimis rate of ten percent of Modified Total Direct Costs (MTDC). The college may also charge reasonable direct administrative costs.

The college acknowledges that any obligation under this grant (pre-award costs pursuant to 2 CFR § 200.458) must have been incurred on or after March 13, 2020, the date of the declaration of a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak (85 FR 15337).

The college will, to the greatest extent practicable, continue to pay its employees and contractors during the period of any disruptions or closures related to coronavirus.

The college will comply with all reporting requirements (including those in Section 314(e) of the CRRSAA) and submit required reports to the USDOE, at such time and in such manner and containing such information as the USDOE may reasonably require.

The Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts is (GDAA) the state agency that reviews the combined financial statements of the Technical College System of Georgia and its units, which includes this college. The college complies with GDAA’s requirements.

The college acknowledges it is under a continuing affirmative duty to inform the USDOE if the college is to close or terminate operations as an institution or merge with another institution.

The college will cooperate with any examination of records with respect to the advanced funds by making records and authorized individuals available when requested, whether by (a) the Department and/or its OIG; or (b) any other Federal agency, commission, or department in the lawful exercise of its jurisdiction and authority. The college will retain all financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report pursuant to 2 CFR § 200.334.

The college acknowledges that failure to comply with the terms and conditions of this grant, and/or all relevant provisions and requirements of the CRRSAA or ARP or any other applicable law may result in the college’s liability under the False Claims Act, 31 USC § 3729, et seq.; OMB Guidelines to Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) in 2 CFR part 180, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3485; 18 USC § 1001, as appropriate; and all of the laws and regulations referenced in the “Applicable Law” section below.

Strengthening Institutions Program (“SIP”) Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund:

This award is separate from the funding made available for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students (“Student Aid Portion”) and the Institutional Aid Portion described above. However, the laws governing the SIP Portion and the college’s responsibilities with regard to the SIP Portion are the same as those governing the Institutional Aid Portion. 

The college has completed the disbursement of 100% ($292,544) of the SIP Portion.

Applicable Law:

The college will comply with all applicable assurances in OMB Standard Forms (SF) SF-424B and SF-424D (Assurances for Non-Construction and Assurances for Construction Programs), including the assurances relating to the legal authority to apply for assistance; access to records; conflict of interest; nondiscrimination; Hatch Act provisions; labor standards; Single Audit Act; and the general agreement to comply with all applicable Federal laws, executive orders, and regulations.

 

The college certifies that with respect to the certification regarding lobbying in Department Form 80-0013, no Federal appropriated funds have been paid or will be paid to any person for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of any agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with the making or supplementing of Federal grants under this program; Recipient must complete and submit Standard Form-LLL, “Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying,” when required (34 CFR part 82, Appendix B).

 

The college will comply with the provisions of all applicable acts, regulations and assurances; the following provisions of Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 81, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98, and 99; the OMB Guidelines to Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) in 2 CFR part 180, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3485; and the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in 2 CFR part 200, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3474.

Visit this link for a PDF of the report concerning NGTC’s use of the Sections 18004(a)(1) Recipient’s Institutional Relief Funds and 18004(a)(2) Strengthening Institutions Program Funds for the period ending September 30, 2020.              

Visit this link for a PDF of the report concerning NGTC’s use of the Sections 18004(a)(1) Recipient’s Institutional Relief Funds and 18004(a)(2) Strengthening Institutions Program Funds for the period ending December 31, 2020. 

Visit this link for a PDF of the report concerning NGTC’s use of the Sections 18004(a)(1) Recipient’s Institutional Relief Funds and 18004(a)(2) Strengthening Institutions Program Funds for the period ending March 31, 2021.

Visit this link for a PDF of the amended report concerning NGTC’s use of the Sections 18004(a)(1) Recipient’s Institutional Relief Funds and 18004(a)(2) Strengthening Institutions Program Funds for the period ending March 31, 2021.

Visit this link for a PDF of the report concerning NGTC’s use of the Sections 18004(a)(1) Recipient’s Institutional Relief Funds and 18004(a)(2) Strengthening Institutions Program Funds for the period ending June 30, 2021.

Visit this link for a PDF of the report concerning NGTC’s use of the Sections 18004(a)(1) Recipient’s Institutional Relief Funds and 18004(a)(2) Strengthening Institutions Program Funds for the period ending September 30, 2021.

Visit this link for a PDF of the report concerning NGTC’s use of the Sections 18004(a)(1) Recipient’s Institutional Relief Funds and 18004(a)(2) Strengthening Institutions Program Funds for the period ending December 31, 2021.

Visit this link for a PDF of the report concerning NGTC’s use of the Sections 18004(a)(1) Recipient’s Institutional Relief Funds and 18004(a)(2) Strengthening Institutions Program Funds for the period ending March 31, 2022.

Pursuant to the USDOE’s instructions and starting with the quarter ending June 30, 2022, the Institutional Aid Portion and the SIP Portion report is combined with the Student Aid Portion report into a single document. See below under the Combined Reports section.

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