May 15, 2020--Hill College is committed to assisting our students with the emergency financial aid grants from the CARES Act.  The college received $668,279 to disburse directly to students in the form of cash grants.  Cash grants cannot be applied to any existing balance due the college. We recognize that students have incurred additional expenses from the college moving all classes to an online environment.  The CARES Act funds can be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and child care expenses. Please review the requirements below as the Department of Education has provided to all Institutions of Higher Education.

CARES Act Requirements

Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants.  If a student has filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA.  See information on Section 484 requirements below.

For students that are not eligible to receive CARES Act funding, please complete the Student Emergency Aid application. 

 


Students must have been enrolled during the Spring 2020 semester at Hill College as of March 13, 2020 when President Trump declared "a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak." 

Requirements:

  • Enrolled in courses during the spring 2020 semester on or before March 13, 2020.
  • Submitted or completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA.
  • Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.
  • Not in default for any federal student loans.
  • Not enrolled exclusively in an online program on March 13, 2020.

If you have not submitted a 2019-2020 FAFSA, you may still submit a FAFSA until June 30, 2020.  Make sure you review our Financial Aid page for all the information you will need to complete the FAFSA.

Section 484 of the HEA states that Title IV eligible students must:
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program. 
  • Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school.
  • For currently enrolled students, be making satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans.
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan.
  • File "as part of the original financial aid application process" a certification that includes
    • A statement of educational purpose.
    • Student's SSN.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible non-citizen.
  • Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges. 
  • Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits.
  • Have repaid Title IV loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently.
  • Have Selective Service registration verified.
  • Have Social Security Number verified.
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.

CARES Statistics

Hill College signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement to participate in the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds as created by the CARES Act.

Hill College has received 50% of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for the student portion in the amount of $668,279.

As of 7/15/2020, Hill College has disbursed $579,000 directly to students.  

This information will be updated every 45 days from 7/15/2020.

No personal information will be reported on this page.

Total number of students at Hill College eligible to participate in Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.  Hill College has processed 5030 FAFSA applications for the current 2019-2020 award year.

Total number of students at Hill College who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.  A total of 390 students have been awarded as of 7/15/2020.

Hill College wants to provide assistance to as many students as possible as well as the largest amount as possible.  We started by pulling all students enrolled in the spring 2020 semester. 

From that group of students, the following decisions were made:

  • Removed Continuing Education students, International students and Dual Credit students as they are not eligible to receive Title IV funds according to Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). 
  • Removed students that resigned from Hill College prior to declaration on March 13, 2020.
  • Compared the remaining list of enrolled students to those that had a 2019-2020 FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Information Services.  
  • Excluded students not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards as of the first day of class for the spring 2020 semester (1/21/2020).

We understand that the disruption to daily life caused by COVID-19 includes financial hardships for many in the Hill College Family. With federal funding now available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Hill College is able to provide some financial assistance to our students who have been economically impacted by this global pandemic. We are referring to this relief effort at Hill College as the CARES Student Emergency Aid.

 Application for Hill College CARES Student Emergency Aid Funding

Information regarding the CARES Student Emergency Aid is located on this webpage.  A link to the CARES application is located on this page as well.  Students will need their Hill College username and password to access the page. Funding for this emergency aid is limited and may vary from person to person. 

Hill College is committed to assisting as many students as possible during this trying time. Thank you for your patience as the program is rolled out. 

Your contact for CARES Student Emergency Aid:

Kathleen Pustejovsky

Director of Student Information Services

kpustejovsky@hillcollege.edu

Ph 254-659-7632