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Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) Programs



  • CRRSAA ( HEERF II )
  • CARES Act ( HEERF I )

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act 2021 (CRRSAA)

 

As of June 25, 2021 (first reporting cycle and final quarterly reporting) all CRRSAA funds have been distributed.

As a recipient of CRRSSA Act funding, the U.S. Department of Education requires the posting of the following information:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSAA program to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

    LeTourneau University signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement  on April 20th, 2020.  Because of signing the earlier CARES Act agreement, no additional agreement was required.  The University agrees to meet the requirements for using the applicable amount of funds per the CRRSAA program requirements.
  2. 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 under the CRRSAA program.

    LeTourneau University has been allocated $525,186 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students through the CRRSAA program.
  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under the CRRSAA program as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the initial report and every calendar quarter thereafter).

    As of June 25, 2021, LeTourneau University has distributed the full allocation of $525,186 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CRRSAA program.  All funds were disbursed to students on March 29, 2021.

  4. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA program.

    LeTourneau University has approximately 2990 students eligible to participate in the CRRSAA program. 

  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under the CRRSAA program.

    As of June 25, 2021, 535 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under the CRRSAA program.  All grants were disbursed to students on March 29, 2021.

  6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under the CRRSAA program.

    Per the requirements for the CRRSAA program, grantees must prioritize grants to students to students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell grants.  To meet this requirement, LeTourneau University has deemed eligibility for CRRSAA grant funds to be established by students who have been awarded Pell grants for the 20/21 award year.  This includes students in both the traditional and online programs.

    Funding amounts per grant were determined based upon the students enrolled credit hours for the Spring 2021 semester.  Students enrolled in full time status exceeding 12 credit hours grant funds were based upon 12 credit hours of enrollment (per the University’s definition of full time).  The University’s allocation was divided by the total enrolled credit hours for the Pell eligible students to establish the per credit hour award.  Awards per student were established based upon the per credit hour award amount times the students enrolled credit hours.

  7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

    On March 24, 2021, the following email was sent to students who qualified for the CRRSAA grant funds per the University’s established criteria:

    Good afternoon,

    LeTourneau University will receive approximately $525,186.00 as part of the federal Coronavirus Relief and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) to directly support students who have demonstrated financial need.  The disbursement, from the U.S. Department of Education as part of the CRRSAA Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II, is designed to prioritize these students.

    LeTourneau University will distribute the CRRSAA funds to students who have been determined to be eligible for federal aid with the greatest identified need as demonstrated through PELL eligibility. Each recipient must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the Financial Aid Office.

    Formula for Distribution

    CRRSAA fund eligibility and distribution was determined by the following:

    Student must be deemed Title IV Eligible either through submission of the FAFSA and are PELL eligible.

    Student must be enrolled in Spring 2021 semester and have begun classes on or before March 1st.

    Funds will be distributed to all eligible students enrolled according to the number of credits enrolled in for the Spring 2021 semester. Students enrolled in full time status exceeding 12 hours will receive grant funds based up 12 hours of enrollment (per the definition of full time).  PELL grant eligibility does not change after 12 hours of enrollment.

    These grant funds will be refunded directly to the student.  The grant funds will be posted to your account and refunds initiated on Monday, March 29, 2021.

    In anticipation of receiving these funds, please review and confirm that your refund method is accurate by going to your Nelnet home page.  One way to access this is to go to your MyLETU account, select Student Accounts across the top menu, and then select Refund Management from the left-hand menu.

    If you have any questions regarding the CRRSAA funds distribution please contact Ronda Burrows by emailing RondaBurrows@letu.edu

    Thank you,

    Ronda Burrows
    Senior Director of Student Financial Services
    903-233-4142 l 800-759-8811 ext 4140 (w)
    www.letu.edu

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

 

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18804(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3), if applicable

 


Previous CARES Act Reporting

As of December 31, 2020

As a recipient of CARES Act funding, the U.S. Department of Education requires the posting of the following information:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that 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.

    LeTourneau University signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that 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. This certification was completed on April 20th, 2020.

  2. 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.

    LeTourneau University has been allocated $525,186 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

  3. 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 submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

    As of May 19, 2020, LeTourneau University has distributed $127,513 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act (as of the 30-day Report).

    As of June 30, 2020, LeTourneau University has distributed a total of $285,668 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act (as of the subsequent 45 day report following the initial 30-day report)

    As of September 30, 2020, LeTourneau University has distributed a total of $525,186 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act (as of the subsequent 45 day report).

    This is a full distribution of the allocated funds. Full distribution was completed as of July 22, 2020.

    As of December 31, 2020, LeTourneau University has fully distributed all funds allocated and no additional distribution were made during this quarter. A total of $525,186 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act (as of the subsequent 45 day report.)

  4. 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 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

    LeTourneau University has approximately 825 students 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 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. LeTourneau University has deemed the eligibility for Title IV funds to be determined by the institution as those students who have submitted a FAFSA for the 19/20 year. Students who had filed a FAFSA but were not eligible for Title IV funds were excluded from the eligible student group.

  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

    As of May 19, 2020, 120 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

    As of June 30, 2020, a total of 258 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act (as of the subsequent 45 day report following the initial 30-day report).

    As of September 30, 2020, a total of 622 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act (as of the subsequent 45 day report).

    This is a full distribution of the allocated funds. Full distribution was completed as of July 22, 2020.

    As of December 31, 2020, LeTourneau University has fully distributed all funds allocated and no additional distribution were made during this quarter. A total of 622 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act (as of the subsequent 45 day report).

  6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

    LeTourneau University has determined that students in the traditional program who have filed a FAFSA for the 19/20 year are eligible to be included in the Emergency Financial Grant program administered as part of the CARES Act. An application method is being used to determine eligibility based for the Emergency Grant funds. Students eligible for the funds were sent a link to a simple application allowing students to request funds to reimburse themselves for expenses incurred to the disruption in their education as a result of COVID-19. A maximum award of $2000 per student has been established to facilitate funding to be distributed across the eligible population.

    LeTourneau University completed the administration of the application phase of the Emergency Financial Aid Grants and the application was closed out on July 14, 2020.

    For administration of the funds remaining after the conclusion of the application phase, LeTourneau University equally distributed the funds over a secondary set of eligible students. This set of students were students who had filed a FAFSA for 19/20 and who had been living on campus at the time of change in campus operations with the move to remote learning. These students were the students who moved off campus and therefore incurred disruption in their semester living arrangements.


  7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

    The following email was sent to students who potentially would be eligible to receive this grant.

    As a part of the CARES Act, LeTourneau University has been given an allocation of grant funds to disburse to students who have experienced temporary financial hardship directly related to the changes in campus operations due to COVID-19.

    According to the factors set forth by the Department of Education, you are eligible to apply for these grant funds. In order to apply for a grant to assist you with expenses that you have incurred during this challenging time, please complete the CARES Act Emergency Aid Application Form through this Dynamic Form link.

    The maximum grant that will be awarded is $2,000 per student. Please note that these funds are limited. Completion of this application does not guarantee receipt of grant funds.

    In an effort to get these funds to students who need it in a timely manner, a deadline of May 8th has been established for applications to be received for consideration. All applications received by this deadline will be reviewed and acted upon by the LeTourneau University CARES Act Grant Committee during the week of May 11th.

    Thank you,

    Ronda Burrows
    Senior Director for Student Financial Services

    A second email was sent on 5/29/20 to students who potentially would be eligible to receive this grant and who had not submitted an application during the first round of applications.

    As a part of the CARES Act, LeTourneau University has been given an allocation of grant funds to disburse to students who have experienced temporary financial hardship directly related to the changes in campus operations due to COVID-19.

    According to the factors set forth by the Department of Education, you are eligible to apply for these grant funds. In order to apply for a grant to assist you with expenses that you have incurred during this challenging time, please complete the CARES Act Emergency Aid Application Form through this Dynamic Form link.

    The maximum grant that will be awarded is $2,000 per student. Please note that these funds are limited. Completion of this application does not guarantee receipt of grant funds.   

    This is the second distribution of this opportunity to apply for these funds.  The University does still have funds to distribute. 

    Please submit your application by June 15th.  All new applications submitted will be reviewed after this deadline by the LeTourneau University CARES Act Grant Committee.

    Please note that per guidance from the Department of Education, future expenses are not qualifying expenses due to the disruption in campus operations (including upcoming tuition and fees). 

    Thank you, 

    Ronda Burrows
    Senior Director for Student Financial Services