CARES Act Grants: Assisting Our Students

To assist students who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Seminole State College will distribute $4,075,030 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to PELL eligible and non-PELL, financial aid eligible students enrolled in the Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters. If funding remains, grants will also be available in Spring 2021.

The emergency funding provides eligible students enrolled in six or more credit hours in   Spring, Summer or Fall Term 2020 with financial grants that can be used for expenses related to food, housing, health care, childcare, course materials and technology incurred in direct relation to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

We recognize the financial challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic and trust the CARES Act grants will provide hope and help to keep you moving forward personally and academically. Remember, we are here for you. GO State. GO Far. 

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to receive a CARES Act grant, students must:

  • Have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file 
  • Demonstrate eligibility to receive a Pell Grant (determined by FAFSA)

Students are PELL eligible if they had a PELL grant dispersed in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 or if they have been awarded a PELL grant for Summer Term 2020. Students must meet the eligibility requirements defined by the U.S. Department of Education: 

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Registered with Selective Service (if the student is male)
  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved home-school setting (must not have been enrolled in high school on March 13, 2020)
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress
  • Be working on an approved degree or certificate
  • Not be in default of a federal student loan or owe a repayment of a federal grant
  • Have a FAFSA on file or complete the 2020-21 FAFSA and be eligible to receive Title IV financial aid. 

Per CARES Act legislation, international students, DACA students, dual-enrollment students, and students who were exclusively in an online program on March 13, 2020, are not eligible for CARES Act grants.   

CARES Act Grant Amounts

Updated: June 10, 2020

Spring 2020

  • All PELL eligible students who took six or more credit hours will receive a one-time grant disbursement of $700.
  • All non-PELL, financial aid eligible students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,577 - $7,500 on their FAFSA, who took six or more credit hours will receive a one-time grant disbursement of $350.
  • Spring only students have until Aug. 5 (end of summer classes) to respond to a message in their MySeminoleState Message Center and claim their funds.

Summer 2020

  • All PELL eligible students taking six or more credit hours will receive a total grant disbursement of $700. Summer students who have already received $500 will receive an additional $200. 
  • All non-PELL, financial aid eligible students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,577 - $7,500 on their FAFSA, taking six or more credit hours will receive a total grant disbursement of $350. Summer students who have already received $250 will receive an additional $100.
  • Students who attended in Spring and returned in Summer will receive only the summer disbursement (Spring and Summer are part of the same aid year).

Fall 2020 

  • All PELL eligible students taking six or more credit hours will receive a one-time grant disbursement of $500.
  • All non-PELL, financial aid eligible students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,577 - $7,500 on their FAFSA, taking six or more credit hours will receive a one-time grant disbursement of $250.
  • Returning students who received a disbursement in Spring/Summer 2020 are eligible to receive additional funds in Fall 2020 as part of the new aid year. 

Spring 2021
If funding is available, eligible students will receive a one-time disbursement. The amount of the disbursement will be determined based on the balance of funds left following disbursements from the previous terms.

Students whose circumstances have changed since they completed their FAFSA can also speak with a student success specialist or email fahelp@seminolestate.edu to determine if their FAFSA can be updated to reflect their current financial situation.

Other Financial Support

Students who do not qualify for federal financial aid or CARES Act grants can apply for emergency aid through Destination Graduation, a partnership between the College and the Heart of Florida United Way.

Students whose circumstances have changed since they completed their FAFSA can also speak with a student success specialist or email fahelp@seminolestate.edu to determine if their FAFSA can be updated to reflect their current financial situation. 

CARES Act FAQs

CareerSource Central Florida: Help is Here
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Help is Here is an opportunity for Orange County residents whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19 to receive free career training and assistance from CareerSource Central Florida in partnership with Seminole State College. Help is Here allows qualified residents to upgrade their skills for a new career in a high-demand field in 12 weeks or less through Seminole State's certificate programs. 

Under Help is Here, CareerSource Central Florida will pay tuition, fees and books for qualified applicants.

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Requirements

To participate in Help is Here, you must be

  • An Orange County resident
  • 18 years or older
  • Unemployed, furloughed or have reduced hours due to COVID-19
  • A U.S. Citizen or authorized to work in the U.S.

Once you have registered for Help is Here and been approved, to attend Seminole State for career training, you must:

To comply with federal regulations regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security (CARES) Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), Seminole State College of Florida is providing easily accessible, public information regarding the dollar amount and use of grant funds awarded by the U.S. Department of Education:

CARES Act: HEERF Grant Award

Award Date

Award Amount

Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

4/20/2020

$4,075,030

Institutional Portion

5/6/2020

$4,075,029

Minority Serving Institutions – Strengthening Institutions

5/31/2020

$517,544

As of August 3, 2020

CARES Act: HEERF – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students:
The college will be distributing the $4,075,030 grant award to students in its entirety.  As of this date, the college has awarded $3,626,350 in emergency financial aid grants to 5,319 students and has disbursed $2,688,550. The awarding methodology provided $700 awards to students who are Pell eligible and enrolled at least half-time during either the Summer Term 2020 or Spring Term 2020, and $350 awards to students enrolled at least half time and whose expected family contributions (EFC) are between 5577 and 7500.

An estimated 10,000 students eligible under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 have received Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act for the 2019/2020 Academic Year.

CARES Act: HEERF – Institutional Portion:
As of this date, the College has expended $502,645 of its $4,075,029 grant award for institutional expenses incurred as a direct result of significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to COVID19 as follows:                                  

Student Refunds    $284,273
Indirect Costs 104,037
PPE, Disinfecting, Sanitizing $101,887
Safety Communications $11,799
Technology Costs and Software    $ 649

 CARES Act: HEERF – Minority Serving Institutions – Strengthening Institutions Program:

As of this date, the College has expended $64,007 of its $517,544 grant award to defray expenses incurred by the College, including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff trainings, and payroll as follows:
Student Fee Waivers $37,251
 Technology Costs and Software $26,756

Students are receiving information on CARES Act funding through the College’s webpage seminolestate.edu/cares, newsroom, Frequently Asked Questions, text messages, emails and social media.

As of June 29, 2020 

Seminole State College of Florida received $8.1 million in CARES Act funding. Of the $8.1 million, the initial $4,075,030 will be disbursed to students in its entirety.

The College has awarded $3,544,000.00 to 5,198 students and disbursed $1,279,350.000 of that amount to date. The awarding methodology provided $700 awards to students who are Pell eligible and enrolled at least half-time during either the Summer Term 2020 or Spring Term 2020, and $350 awards to students enrolled at least half time and whose expected family contributions (EFC) are between 5577 and 7500.

An estimated 10,000 students eligible under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 have received Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act for the 2019/2020 Academic Year.

To comply with federal regulations regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for HEERF Minority Serving Institutions - Strengthening Institutions Program, Seminole State College signed and returned the Department Certification and Agreement and received notification of the grant award dated May 31, 2020.

As of July 1, 2020, Seminole State College of Florida was awarded $517,544 in CARES Act funding for HEERF Minority Serving Institutions - Strengthening Institutions Program. No funds in this third traunch have been expended nor drawn down.  Therefore, none of these funds are expected to be distributed to students as of this date. 

Pursuant to Section 18004(a)(2) of the CARES Act, The College will use this award to defray expenses incurred by the College, including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff trainings, and payroll. 

Students are receiving information on CARES Act funding through the College’s webpage seminolestate.edu/coronavirus, newsroom, Frequently Asked Questions, text messages, emails and social media.

As of June 10, 2020

Seminole State College of Florida received $8.1 million in CARES Act funding. Of the $8.1 million, the initial $4,075,030 will be disbursed to students in its entirety.

The College will disburse about $1.5 million to approximately 3,100 students who attended in Spring Term 2020 and over $1.2 million to students in Summer Term 2020. Additional disbursements will occur in Fall Term 2020. An estimated 2,500 students are eligible to receive CARES Act funding in Summer Term 2020.

Students are receiving information on CARES Act funding through the College’s webpage seminolestate.edu/coronavirus , newsroom, Frequently Asked Questions, text messages, emails and social media.

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