Students at Angelina College set to receive CARES Act funds

Students at Angelina College set to receive CARES Act funds
Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 11:22 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 15, 2021 at 4:32 PM CDT
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LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Students at an East Texas college are set receive additional funds from the CARES Act. The funds do not have to be paid back.

Students enrolled in credit courses at Angelina College this fall will receive funds from the CARES Act.

Krista Brown, the Executive Director of Marketing and Strategic Enrollment, said if you are enrolled concurrently or dual credit, you do not qualify.

“There’s not a stipulation on how many classes you have to take,” Brown said. “You actually just have to be enrolled in one credit course to get the disbursement of CARES funds. You’ll get the same amount whether you’re in one class or four.”

Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs Janice Huffman said this is the third allotment of funds from Department of Education that started last spring. She said there is no additional application process to receive the funds and they can use the money how they see fit.

“It’s identified as funds to help through the coronavirus pandemic, so if they lost their jobs and they need help with their rent or utilities, these funds can be used for that,” Huffman said. “It can also be used to support them through school. Maybe they need a laptop to get through school, and they can use it for that.”

While all Angelina College students (with the exception of those who are dual credit) are set to receive CARES Act funding this fall semester, there is still a priority with exceptional need.

“Which means, if they are PELL eligible, they’ll receive $1,100,” Brown said. “If they are not Pell eligible, they’ll receive $600.”

According to the Department of Education, Pell Grants are awarded by the federal government to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor’s, graduate, or professional degree.

“It’s not that it’s running out,” Huffman said. “We will give funding to all students. But we’re going to prioritize anyone that is PELL eligible as an exceptional need.”

“And the students will all get the money at the same time,” Brown said. “One student won’t get the money before the other. It’s all disbursed on the same day.”

They say that disbursement will happen around the middle of the semester directly to students’ bank accounts on file with the college or by check with a notice a few days prior.

“We’re just very grateful the Department of Education has allowed these funds to help our students during this time,” Huffman said.

Officials said Pell grant students will receive a reimbursement check along with funds from the CARES Act. There are plans for a disbursement of CARES Act funds for the spring semester. Those amounts have not been determined just yet.

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