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This statement provides information to comply with reporting requirements for Centenary College of Louisiana’s participation in the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

 

On April 3, 2020, Centenary College of Louisiana’s president, Dr. Christopher L. Holoman, issued a notice to the campus concerning the CARES stimulus package that was passed to provide funding to colleges and universities intended to assist both institutions and students with the unexpected costs imposed by the pandemic.
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On April 9, 2020, in a letter from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Centenary College of Louisiana learned that the university would receive an allocation from the HEERF program of $608,956 of which no less than $304,478 must be distributed to eligible students in the form of emergency grants related to disruption of instruction due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


On April 16, 2020, Centenary College of Louisiana submitted the required grant documents for the first part of the HEERF funds for student emergency grants. Centenary College of Louisiana submitted the required certification document at that time.


On April 24, 2020, Centenary College of Louisiana submitted the required grant documents for the second part of the HEERF funds for institutional grants. Centenary College of Louisiana submitted the required certification document at that time.


On April 25, 2020, Centenary College of Louisiana received notice that the HEERF emergency student funds grant of $304,478 was approved and ready for drawdown in the G5 system.


On April 27, 2020, Centenary College of Louisiana’s Financial Aid Director issued a notice by email to students that did not file a FAFSA. These students were encouraged to file a FAFSA to be considered for CARES ACT funds.
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On May 1, 2020, Centenary College of Louisiana’s Vice President for Finance and Administration, Robert Blue, issued a notice to students regarding the receipt of Emergency Assistance funds to help students cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CARES ACT grants range from $200 to $1,000, depending on Pell eligibility and whether students remained on campus when the College moved to remote instruction. Students were notified that these grant funds are separate from any refunds that the College will provide for room and board. Students receiving a grant would receive a check no later than May 15. Students were directed to send all questions regarding grants to cegf@centenary.edu.
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On May 2, 2020, Centenary College of Louisiana’s Vice President for Finance and Administration, Robert Blue, issued a notice to students that were ineligible for CARES Act funds. These students were notified that emergency relief funds cannot be distributed to students who are not United States citizens, students who are non-degree seeking, and students who are not making satisfactory academic progress. In addition, these students were notified if they were living on campus this year and left after the move to remote instruction would receive details about room and board refunds no later than May 31. The College is also working to determine what other funds might be available for students not eligible for the CARES Act grants.
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On May 2, 2020, Centenary College of Louisiana’s Vice President for Finance and Administration, Robert Blue, issued a notice to students who were over the age of 23 and/or married that they would not be receiving the CARES Grant for students. This group of students should have qualified for the $1,200-$2,400 IRS stimulus grant. The College decided to use the CARES Grant for those individuals that did not qualify for the IRS stimulus. These students were encouraged to contact cefg@centenary.edu with any questions. The College had one student that could certify that he did not receive the IRS stimulus and was thus awarded the $200 Graduate amount.
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On May 5, 2020, Centenary College of Louisiana’s Vice President for Finance and Administration, Robert Blue issued a notice to all students concerning the availability of the emergency grants and the eligibility requirements.
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As of May 7, 2020, Centenary College of Louisiana disbursed 441 grants totaling $280,800 to eligible students. In distributing the available funds to students, the College has taken into account several factors, including whether a student remained on campus when remote learning began or chose to leave their residence hall. Below is a full breakdown of the categories.

 

Housing Status Pell Grant Status CARES Act Grant Amount
Undergraduate (UG) - remained on campus during remote instruction Not a Pell Grant recipient $200
UG - remained on campus during remote instruction Pell Grant recipient $300
UG - lived off campus prior to remote instruction Not a Pell Grant recipient $500
UG - lived off campus prior to remote instruction Pell Grant recipient $600
UG - lived on campus prior to remote instruction and returned home Not a Pell Grant recipient $600
UG - lived on campus prior to remote instruction and returned home Pell Grant recipient $1,000
Graduate student - lived off campus Not eligible for IRS stimulus $200

 

On May 7, 2020, Centenary College of Louisiana received notice that the HEERF institutional grant portion of $304,478 was approved and available for drawdown.


On May 8, 2020, Centenary College of Louisiana’s Financial Aid Director mailed a second notice to students that did not file a FAFSA. These students were encouraged to file a FAFSA to be considered for CARES ACT funds.


On May 21, 2020, Centenary College of Louisiana made a second set of awards bringing the total CARES Act grants to $287,300 for 448 students with Title IV eligibility. The total amount disbursed as of this date is 94% of the student portion of the HEERF grants. The college intends to use the remaining 6% to provide additional Emergency Assistance grants to students.

On May 21, 2020, Centenary College of Louisiana awarded room and board refunds to students that were unable to utilizes their on campus housing and meal plans. The total amount disbursed as of this date is 100% of the institution's portion of the HEERF grants, $304,478.00.

Centenary College of Louisiana estimates that 448 Title IV eligible students are enrolled in Spring 2020; the number is based on the number of students who filed FAFSA for Spring 2020.

Centenary College of Louisiana has also disbursed nearly $6,500 in emergency grants to students from privately funded sources. These grants were awarded to students who are ineligible for the federal grants, allocated in the same proportions.

On June 4, 2020 Centenary College of Louisiana made another set of awards bringing the total CARES Act grants to $289,700 for 454 students with Title IV eligibility. The total amount disbursed as of this date is 94% of the student portion of the HEERF grants. The college intends to use the remaining 5% to provide additional Emergency Assistance grants to students.

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