What is CARES/HEERF and where did the funding for emergency grants come from? The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. One aspect of the act was the creation of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). HEERF provides funds to institutions for emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
How much HEERF funding did Turning Point Beauty College receive? Turning Point Beauty College has been allocated $94,228.00 million to provide emergency grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are intended to help with academically related expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare that resulted from the disruption in campus operations.
Who is eligible for HEERF Emergency Grants? There are three general eligibility criteria for these funds: 1) students must be currently enrolled and active as of March 15, 2020; 2) students are eligible to receive federal financial aid from Turning Point Beauty College; and 3) students must not be enrolled in a completely online program as of March 15, 2020. Currently enrolled students who are not eligible for federal HEERF Emergency Grants may be able to receive different emergency grants supported by other sources of funding.
If I am not eligible for the HEERF emergency grants, will the College still help me? Yes. The College is looking for ways to assist as many currently enrolled students during this pandemic as possible. Students who were eligible to file the California Dream Act Application (or have completed an AB 540 document) may receive emergency grants. Those grants will come from other non-federal funds at the College. As long as funds are available, the grants will be the same amounts as the HEERF emergency grants.
Will I receive the emergency grant even if I owe the College money? Yes. If you are eligible for these emergency grants, you will receive the money even if you have current financial holds or owe the campus fees or fines.
Does it matter how many units I am taking in spring 2020? No. Emergency grant amount will be the same for full- and part-time students, however, students must be currently enrolled and eligible to receive the funds.
Do I need to apply for the Emergency Grant? No. Based on the program of the student and whether or not they are receiving Title IV aid, the students received or will receive based on the following:
$654.00 for Title IV Cosmetology Students
$249.00 for Non-Title IV Cosmetology Students
$326.00 for Title IV Nail Technology Students
$204.00 for Non-Title IV Nail Technology Students
To offset expenses relating to the disruption of campus operations.
How much emergency grant money will I receive? If students are eligible and have incurred at least $400.00 in expenses due to the disruption in campus operations, students will receive the amount described in the previous paragraph. The amount of HEERF funding that institutions received varied based on the Department of Education’s allocation formula. That means the amount of the emergency grants at Turning Point Beauty College will not be the same as at other colleges. Each institution had to develop its own strategy for disbursing the funds to eligible students enrolled at their campus.
How will I know if I am awarded? You will receive an award notification from The College. You can also view your award in person at Financial Aid Office
How will I receive my Emergency Grant? All financial aid disbursements will be printed out and available at Financial Aid Office.
When will I receive my emergency grant? We do not have an exact timeline, but funds will be awarded soon after students are identified as eligible. Funds will be disbursed until they are exhausted.
Will Financial Aid contact me about my application? If you are awarded, you will be notified via phone calls and in person. You can also view your award in person. If students are not eligible, the Financial Aid will try to contact students to provide additional insights but given the volume of anticipated requests, the Financial Aid office may not be able to reach students.
How can I use the money? The grant should be used for academically related expenses incurred due to COVID-19. Some examples include expenses related to food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare.
What if I need more money than the emergency grant I received? We understand that students have significant needs during this time. The HEERF Emergency Grants are meant to help meet your financial needs. But we know the grants will not be enough money for many students.
More questions? Please contact the Turning Point Beauty College Financial Aid Office if you have any questions.