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Cares Act reporting information

san Diego Mesa College
Cares act reporting requirements - Spring 2020

  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.

    - CARES HEERF Certification and Agreement

  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.

    SD Mesa College applied for and was granted CARES Act - Emergency Financial Aid funds in the amount of $2,955,760.  These funds were combined with SD City and SD Miramar CARES Act - Emergency Financial Aid Grants and then redistributed throughout the San Diego Community College District to ensure that eligible students in SD Continuing Education also had access to emergency aid.  As a result of the redistribution of funds, SD Mesa College will be disbursing $2,473,149.60 (between years 19-20 and 20-21) to eligible SD Mesa College 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).

    Click here for access to the CARES Act distribution report. Look under the “Student Financial Assistance” section under “CARES Act Fund Reporting Requirements” for the actual 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.

    For the 2019 - 2020 academic year, SD Mesa College identified 3,636 enrolled students who had completed a Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA) application and were thus estimated to be eligible for CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid funds.  There were another 6,164 enrolled students who did not complete a FAFSA, who may also meet the eligibility requirements for the CARES Act funds.

  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.


     Total Awards to Students

     Total Funds Allocated




     As of August 30, 2020

  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.

    Funds are distributed to currently enrolled students who meet the federal basic eligibility requirements based on records at the Financial Aid Office. These students receive an email invitation to complete and submit the online grant application.

    Application data was extracted by query and evaluated.  Applicant students who were verified as in compliance with the basic eligibility requirements and meeting the school criterion were selected for an award.

    The school made available “need surveys” to currently enrolled students to assess need. The funding allocation resulted smaller than the need demonstrated by the data collected. To find the point of minimum assistance to students and maximum utilization of the resources at hand several models of award formulas were assessed by a campus team.  Under team consensus, it was determined that students applied on or before the application due date and who met the basic eligibility requirements would receive a $500 grant award.

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

    Sample letter to students