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FALL 2021 COVID-19 INFORMATION

In preparation for the Fall 2021 semester, we are doing our best to get back to normal as quickly as possible but we still have some work to do to keep everyone safe and healthy. Lackawanna College has been closely monitoring developments related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). College officials, as well as the Campus Safety Committee, are meeting regularly to discuss the latest information available and develop appropriate responses.  This web page will provide valuable content for members of the College community regarding new and updated policies, number of cases on campus, and other related information.

Current Mask Rules

Currently, Lackawanna College is requiring masks to be worn in all indoor locations at all college locations, including Satellite Centers. We will continue to evaluate this policy and update as necessary. 

Effective 8/24/2021

Fall 2021 COVID-19 Dashboard

View our COVID-19 Dashboard for weekly updates on confirmed cases and exposures at Lackawanna College.

How to Determine if I Should be On-Campus

Students that are experiencing any type illness can use the following chart to determine whether or not they are allowed to be on-campus for that day. 

CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Information

CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Acknowledgement

Lackawanna College acknowledges that it has signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the Assurance that Lackawanna College has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 1800(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

The total amount of funds that the institution has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants is $942,674.

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is $814,697.16.

The estimated total number of students at Lackawanna College eligible to participate in the programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 2,034.

The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 1,451.

The method used to determine distribution of funds was to identify groups based on need. We identified that the vast majority of Lackawanna students are PELL grant eligible and that they would be given an amount based on calculation of need. We also recognize that students not eligible for PELL, but still eligible for Title IV funding, do not always receive family support, therefore all Title IV eligible students who filed a FAFSA should receive some funds from the grant. We then identified costs associated with increased expenses due to the COVID 19 disruption in each allowed category. We identified needs for all resident students and all commuter students. This resulted in a $5 difference for resident and commuter students eligible, so we decided to provide the same amount ($545) to all students who are eligible. This amount was determined to be the minimum amount of expense increase due to the COVID 19 disruption. We also recognize that some students have a greater need and had additional costs due to the transition. We provided an application for eligible students to apply for additional grant money that did not cover all of their additional expenses. The students must document their reasons for additional expenditures and the eligible categories in which they would be applied. The CARES Act Relief Fund Task Force will review all submitted applications and provide additional grants for those seeking eligible funds until the remaining funds are exhausted. To receive laptop reimbursement, the following guidelines apply: 1. Student must be enrolled at The College; 2. Laptop must be purchased after March 16th for student enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester and after May 8th for student enrolled in the Fall 2020 semester; 3. Student must have a FAFSA on file or provide required documentation of eligibility; 4. Student cannot be enrolled in a fully online program or plan to be online only. Student can be enrolled in all online courses for Fall 2020 due to COVID-19 and inability to attend in-person classes; and 5. Student must provide a receipt and will be reimbursed up to $375 for technology. All applications are reviewed for accuracy and receipts are reviewed prior to approval.

Lackawanna College has received funding through the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Fund. Funding will be used to provide emergency grants to college students whose lives and education continue to be affected by the coronavirus outbreak in the spring 2021 semester.

Current Pell Grant eligible students can apply for CARES Act funds via the portal. All students that are eligible will find the link when they are signed into the portal in the message section at the top of the page.  The maximum amount will be determined once the application closes on March. The minimum amount will be $120. Students may elect to pick up the check, have the check mailed to their home, or apply it to their balance.

Eligible students will receive an email on March 1, 2021, in regards to the application. The application will be open through March 14th and funds will be distributed by the end of the month. Further questions should be sent to emergencyfund@lackawanna.edu.

Communications:

CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure- Quarter 3
April 15, 2021

President Mark Volk Provides Information on the CARES Act
May 15, 2020

Archived

CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure –  Quarter 2 (PDF)
January 14, 2021

CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting – Quarter 2 –  Amended (PDF)
January 14, 2021

CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting (PDF)
October 30, 2020

Updated Last: 12/31/20

CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III – Open Aug. 12, 2021 – Sept. 30, 2021

In response to the global COVID-19 Pandemic, the U.S. Government has provided HEERF III grants which can only be used for expenses from any component of a student’s cost of attendance and/or emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care incurred.  Note: A student may elect to apply their HEERF III grant directly to their student account by consenting in the application.

If an eligible student can substantiate costs associated with the disruption from COVID-19, the student is encouraged to submit a request for funds through this application.  The student must attest to the need for additional grant funds for the purposes permitted by law in the box below and sign as indicated.

Because the amount of the CARES Act funding is limited, the College does not guarantee additional funding to any student, but each application received will be considered until the funds are exhausted or the application closes. The College reserves the right to use its discretion in evaluating the applications and determining the amount of each award which may include establishing a maximum amount.

You may have your funds applied directly to your balance or provided to you via check. Please make sure that you document how you request the funds to be dispersed. Please be sure your address and phone number is correct on the portal to ensure timely delivery.

Step by step application instructions:

  1. Sign on Student portal
  2. Click FINANCIAL tab at top of page
  3. On the left-hand side click FINANCIAL SERVICES-STUDENT ACCOUNTS
  4. On the left-hand side click CARES ACT
  5. Read page and at the bottom click CONTINUE NEXT PAGE
  6. Fill out application, sign, and submit.

For any questions regarding the CARES Act funding, please email EmergencyFund@lackawanna.edu or review the FAQ’s below.

HEERF III FAQ

How do I know if I’m eligible for HEERF III Funds?

 Please follow this link to FAQs provided with the changes to requirements for HEERF III funds. On August 12th the application will open for all PELL eligible resident students. They have been prioritized to apply for the grant, however, this application will open in the following order for all other students.

  1. PELL eligible resident students
  2. PELL eligible commuter students
  3. NonPELL resident students
  4. NonPELL commuter students
  5. Part-time students

You will see the link to the application when you sign into the portal. YOU WILL ONLY SEE THIS LINK WHEN YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY.

What is the maximum amount for which I may apply?

  • PELL eligible resident students can apply for $2,000
  • PELL eligible commuters can apply for $1,200
  • NonPELL residents can apply for $1,500
  • NonPELL commuters can apply for $1,000
  • Part-time students can apply for $500

Please note that if you have exceptional need due to a loss of job or other changes in financial circumstances, please contact Financial Services at financialservices@lackawanna.edu to discuss financial aid and additional grant options.

Additional funds may be available upon review specifically for educational supplies.

How will I receive the grant?

You can have the grant applied right to your account to assist with your balance. You can also have the check mailed to you or you may pick up the check in the Student Financial Service Office. If you are having it mailed, please be sure that your address is correct on the portal. You could also choose to pick up the check in Angeli Hall, Suite 114 at the Scranton Campus.

How will I know if my application has been accepted?

It will usually take 2-3 weeks for the application to be processed. You will be notified via email if your application has been accepted. Note; these funds are prioritized based on financial need as well as on a first come first serve basis.

How long will the application be open?

The application will be open until September 30, 2021. At that time, the funds will be assessed and there will be a determination if the application will remain open.

Who can I contact if I have questions regarding HEERF II funds?

You can email any questions to emergencyfund@lackawanna.edu.

CARES Act: HEERF II – May 19, 2021 – June 30, 2021 - NOW CLOSED

In response to the global Covid-19 Pandemic, the U.S. Government has provided HEERF II grants  can only be used for expenses from any component of a student’s cost of attendance and/or emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care incurred after December 27, 2020.  Note: A student may elect to apply their HEERF II grant directly to their student account by consenting in the application. This includes applying their HEERF II grant to charges posted totheir student account before December 27, 2020

If an eligible student can substantiate costs associated with the disruption from Covid-19, the student is encouraged to submit a request for funds through this application.  The student must attest to the need for additional grant funds for the purposes permitted by law in the box below and sign as indicated.

Because the amount of the CARES Act funding is limited, the College does not guarantee additional funding to any student, but each application received will be considered until the funds are exhausted or the application closes. The College reserves the right to use its discretion in evaluating the applications and determining the amount of each award which may include establishing a maximum amount.

You may have your funds applied directly to your balance or provided to you via check. Please make sure that you document how you request the funds to be dispersed. Please be sure your address and phone number is correct on the portal to ensure timely delivery. For any questions regarding the CARES Act funding, please email EmergencyFund@lackawanna.edu.

FAQ

  1. How do I know if I’m eligible for HEERF II Funds?

Please follow this link to FAQs provided with the changes to requirements for HEERF II funds. On May 26th the application will open for all PELL eligible students. They have been prioritized to apply for the grant, however, this application will be opened for all students on June 9, 2021. HEERF II Funds are available to online students.

  1. What is the maximum amount in which I may apply?

You cannot apply for more funds than the cost of education that is determined by the Department of Education. The application allows for you to apply for funds to cover any educational expenses. Please make sure you can verify those expenses.

  1. How will I receive the grant?

You can have the grant applied right to your account to assist with your balance. You can also have the check mailed to you. If you are having it mailed, please be sure that your address is correct on the portal. You could also choose to pick up the check in Angeli Hall, Suite 114 at the Scranton Campus.

  1. How will I know if my application has been accepted?

It will usually take 2-3 weeks for the application to be processed. You will be notified by email if your application has been accepted, denied, or if you need to provide further information.

  1. How long will the application be open?

The application will be open until June 30th. At that time, the funds will be assessed and there will be a determination if the application will remain open or if we will open again in the Fall 2021 semester.

  1. Who can I contact if I have questions regarding HEERF II funds?

You can email any questions to emergencyfund@lackawanna.edu.

Part 3 – March 1, 2021 – March 14, 2021 - Now Closed

Lackawanna College has received funding through the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Fund. Funding will be used to provide emergency grants to college students whose lives and education continue to be affected by the coronavirus outbreak in the spring 2021 semester. Funds can be used for educational expenses such as tuition, food, housing, course materials, technology, and child care expenses. Loss of job or income alone does not meet the eligibility requirements for CARES Act Funds.

Current Pell Grant eligible students can apply for CARES Act funds via the portal. All students that are eligible to apply will find the link when they are signed into the portal in the message section at the top of the page. The maximum amount will be determined once the application closes on March 14th. The minimum amount awarded will be $120. Students may elect to pick up the check, have the check mailed to their home, or apply the funds to their balance.

If you receive this email, you are eligible to apply.  Application does not guarantee acceptance and funding is limited. The application will be open through March 14th and funds will be distributed by the end of the month. Further questions should be sent to the emergencyfund@lackawanna.edu

Part 2 – August 4, 2020 – February 12, 2021 - Now closed

As the Fall 2020 semester is beginning, we recognize that many of you may need to purchase a computer to assist with completing your education that has been moved online due to COVID-19 protocols. You can apply for reimbursement for such purchases on the portal beginning August 4, 2020. The College will reimburse eligible students up to $375 for the purchase of a computer using CARES Act funds. Funds for this program are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reimbursement will be made upon proof of purchase and paid after the second week of class. The application for the laptop reimbursement and loaner program can now be accessed on your portal.  You must be signed in to complete the application. Please make sure that you provide all information in your application.

How do I know if I’m eligible for CARES Act funds to use toward a laptop?

  1. These are funds from the federal government and therefore you must show us that you are eligible for those funds by completing a 20-21 FAFSA. If you have not, but can provide that proof, please provide that proof.

    2. You must be currently enrolled as a student and actively participating in your courses. 

    3. You cannot be an all online student prior to this semester. If you have been taking all online courses prior to this semester, are in an all online program (ex. Cyber Security) or are listed as an online student because you plan to always be online, you are not eligible for the funds. 

    4. You must submit a receipt to show the item you purchased, with the cost and amount paid all shown on the receipt. 

    5. The maximum reimbursement for the computer is $375. 

    If you are not eligible for the CARES Act funds, but need a laptop, we still have loaner laptops available. The application for the reimbursement and loaner programs are on the portal.

    Please allow 2-3 weeks for these funds to be processed and make sure your address is correct on the portal (you can update on the portal).  If you have any questions, please reach out to the CARES Act Emergency Task Force at emergencyfund@lackawanna.edu

Part 1 – April 2020 - Now Closed

What is the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant?
The CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Fund provides emergency financial assistance to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus as stipulated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act, which was signed into law March 27, 2020.

Lackawanna College received CARES Act funding and will distribute it as emergency financial grants to eligible students by prioritizing need while ensuring the funds are distributed as widely as possible. This grant is separate from additional financial aid you may receive from Lackawanna College.

Who is eligible for the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant?
Students who meet all criteria below are eligible for the grant:

  • Working towards a degree or certificate at Lackawanna College and eligible for Title IV funding;
  • Were enrolled at Lackawanna College in at least one on-ground/in-person course as of Monday, March 23, 2020, even if that course moved to an online format due to the pandemic;
  • Have a valid 2019-2020 FAFSA on file with Lackawanna College Financial Aid Office.

Unfortunately, per the U.S. Department of Education, DACA, undocumented, or international students, and students enrolled exclusively in online courses are not eligible to receive CARES Act funding.

For additional information, please see Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements.

How much will eligible students receive in the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant?
Each eligible residential and commuter student will receive a payment of $545 to cover their eligible expenses resulting from the disruption of campus operations. If an eligible student can substantiate additional costs associated with the disruption of campus activities due to the coronavirus, the student may submit a request for additional funds through an application process.

What types of expenses can eligible students cover with funds from the CARES Act emergency fund?
The emergency funds must be used to cover basic needs students incurred due to the disruption of college campus operations due to coronavirus such as:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology-related expenses (such as having to buy a computer when courses were moved online)
  • Health care
  • Child care
  • Transportation (such as having to fly home because classes were canceled)

The CARES Act stipulates that the emergency funds cannot be used to replace a loss of income or to pay for student expenses that are not directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

How does an eligible student apply for additional emergency funds?
Students must complete Lackawanna College’s application for a CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant to be considered for any additional funds above the $545 per student grant.

Because the amount of the CARES Act funding is limited, the College cannot guarantee additional funding to any student, but each application received will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are exhausted. Students must be able to substantiate their need for additional funding. The College reserves the right to use its discretion in evaluating the applications and determining the amount of each award, which may include establishing a maximum amount.

When will eligible students receive the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant?
The distribution of funds to eligible students will begin the week of May 18, 2020. If you meet the eligibility criteria and have questions about the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant, please contact the College’s CARES Act Relief Fund Task Force at EmergencyFund@lackawanna.edu.

How will eligible students receive CARE Act funds?
Eligible students will receive funds via check mailed to the student’s last known address on file at Lackawanna College. To ensure timely delivery of your funds, please follow the directions to ensure your address is correct on the Portal.

Do I need to report CARES Act grants on my federal tax return?
No, per guidance issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant is not to be included as income on your federal tax return. Click here for additional guidance from the IRS.

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