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Concorde Career Colleges, Inc. acknowledges that the institution has signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education 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.
GRANT FUNDS PROVIDED TO CONCORDE FOR DISTRIBUTION
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.
Totals are reported based upon OPEID.
Kansas City/San Antonio $759,864
Garden Grove $428,894
North Hollywood $430,704
San Bernardino $491,184
San Diego $443,683
TOTAL AMOUNT DISTRIBUTED
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 August 1, 2020, Concorde at its 16 campuses in 8 states had distributed $5,290,244.00 in Emergency Financial Aid Grant.
STUDENTS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE EMERGENCY FINANCIAL AID GRANTS
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.
As of August 1, 2020, Concorde at its 16 campuses in 8 states had 8,647 students eligible to apply for the Emergency Financial Aid Grant.
STUDENTS RECEIVING EMERGENCY FINANCIAL AID GRANTS
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 August 1, 2020, Concorde at its 16 campuses in 8 states had 5,955 Students receive an Emergency Financial Aid Grant.
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.
HEERF Grant amounts were determined by reviewing total eligible students based on eligible enrollment dates as of May 2020. Eligible students across all locations totaled 8,647. In order to ensure every eligible student did receive aide, the amount awarded to each location was divided by the eligible students for that location to provide one amount per student.
GUIDANCE & INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED TO STUDENTS
Concorde communicated to eligible students via a series of emails. Email communication was sent to the student’s official @Concorde.edu email account and included instructions, directions, and guidance to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. Students were provided with a form to update their contact information.
Students who met the defined eligibility methodology were provided with a communication outlining their award amount and the method by which the award would be delivered. Eligible students were provided the email confirmation approximately 5-10 business days in advance of the funds being distribution.
QUESTIONS & CONTACT INFORMATION
For additional questions or assistance, please contact your campus Financial Aid office or call 1-800-489-5106
What is the CARES Emergency Grant?
A: The United States Government has allocated funds to Concorde for us to help our students who have an emergency situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to going to school online. These funds are to be used for:
Cost of attendance items that would affect a student’s ability to remain in school. These items could be the cost of food and housing due to a loss of income, needing to overcome technology challenges to be able to continue school on line, child care challenges due to school being out of school for the remainder of the year, or other situations due to the pandemic.
Am I eligible to receive an Emergency grant?
A: You must be eligible for Title IV Financial Aid.
If you are Active, on Academic Probation, or on an Approved Leave of Absence as of May 1, 2020 and you started or re-entered school with Concorde prior to April 2020 you may be eligible to receive the emergency grant.
Note: If you are in a withdrawn status at the time the disbursement is being sent, then the funds will be voided and reissued to another eligible student.
You are not eligible for this grant if you are enrolled in a fully online program. Due to this, students attending the Kansas City Online campus programs are not eligible. The U.S. Government determined this grant may only be issued to students who are attempting to transition from ground to online classes.
- If you’ve completed a FAFSA and have received a Pell grant and/or a Direct student loan, you are likely eligible for this grant.
- If you have not completed a FAFSA, you still may complete one in order to see if you are eligible.
- If you complete a FAFSA or have completed a FAFSA and are deemed ineligible for Title IV aid, you will not be eligible for this grant.
What if I am scheduled to re-enter, but am currently withdrawn?
A: In a limited number of cases, a withdrawn student may be eligible upon re-entry if the withdraw was due to a COVID-19 issue and the school was informed of this at the time of withdraw. When you meet with financial aid to finalize your re-entry financial aid packaging, you can inquire about your eligibility for this grant.
How do I apply for this grant?
A: To apply for the CARES Emergency Grant:
- Complete the online application here
- Make sure you update your address on that form, as these funds will be mailed to you directly and will not go to your campus
- Your request will be reviewed for eligibility
When will these funds be available?
A: These funds will become available approximately 10 business days after your application is processed. There may be a slight delay depending on the volume of applications we receive.
How will I know if I am being given the grant and how much it is?
You will receive an email to your Concorde email address letting you know you were approved and the amount. You will receive a follow up email detailing the instructions of the debit card you will be receiving.
Are the grant funds taxable income?
A: No, according to the IRS website, this is not included in your gross 2020 income.
Are there fees associated with the grant funds?
A: There is not a fee for receiving the grant funds, however there may be a fee imposed by your bank or retailer when cashing the check. If you received the debt card, fees may be incurred for various services, however, the card and funds can be used without incurring fees. A list of fees related to using the prepaid debt card can be found here.
Do I have to pay these funds back later?
A: No, these funds are considered grant funds and do not need to be repaid.
Can this be applied towards my balance at Concorde?
A: No, these funds are designated by the U. S. Government to be used by our students for emergency situations caused by COVID-19 and are not to be retained as payment on your account.
Who do I contact if I have additional questions?
A: You may contact your Financial Aid Office with additional questions. If you feel you need additional funds due to COVID-19, we suggest applying even if you are not sure if you are eligible.