Emergency funds available for Southeast college students impacted by COVID-19

Cumberland, Ky. — Eligible students attending Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC) will soon receive information about how to request emergency funds for education-related expenses created by COVID-19. The funding is available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was recently signed into law by President Donald J. Trump.

The CARES Act provides assistance to college students, who beginning on March 13, 2020, experienced hardships caused by COVID-19 related to:
• Housing
• Childcare
• Medical Care
• Course materials/Technology
• Extended program length (to accommodate clinicals/labs)
• Food Insecurity (due to shutdown of college food pantries)

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Whitesburg Campus

Southeast, in accordance with guidance from the U.S. Department of Education (DE), will make CARES Act funds available to students who would otherwise qualify for federal financial aid.

Eligible students will receive a communication by student email with information on how to request funds.

Based on DE requirements, applicants must be current SKCTC students who are eligible for Title IV financial aid and have experienced hardships created by COVID-19. They must complete a request form and upload it to Southeast’s Financial Aid Office as soon as possible.

The college has an application review committee that will prioritize aid by financial need as the DE has outlined. In addition to following DE guidance, the SKCTC plan follows guidance from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA.)

Students who have questions or need help should contact Southeast’s Financial Aid Office. Completion of the request is not a guarantee of funding.

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Source: Mountain Top