Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

As a result of the recent pandemic, the federal government has made emergency funds available to students under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) is for students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds will be awarded to Lexington Healing Arts Academy students who have experienced a disruption in their financial situation due to COVID-19.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Students must be an active enrolled student or on an LOA in a current Fitness and Nutrition coaching or Massage program.
  • Students must have filed a valid 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and been deemed eligible for Title IV federal aid. If you have not filed a FAFSA, you must file the 2020-2021 application at fafsa.ed.gov before submitting your HEERF application. You may submit your HEERF application once you have received confirmation and notification of your Title IV eligibility. LHAA OPEID number is 04123900.
  • Students must have experienced a financial disruption or hardship caused by the campus disruption caused by COVID-19. Students will need to certify that expenses were incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Certification is required, but no documentation or itemization of expenses is required. The grant works on the honor system.

If students meet the above criteria, they are encouraged to fill out the COVID-19 HEERF Grant Application, available here, and submit to Lexington Healing Arts Academy for review. The initial application deadline is September 23, 2020. Students may apply after the deadline, but funding is disbursed on a first-come, first-serve basis, and funding is limited. LHAA will review your request and notify you of a final decision via the email address indicated on your application.

A formula will calculate the dollar amount of grants distributed to each student, and individual amounts can range from $200-$1000. Funding will be disbursed on a first-come, first- served basis until funds are exhausted.

Lexington Healing art Academy will issue a check to students for their grant payment. Checks will be given to students in person at the LHAA administration Office. If unable to deliver in person, the checks will be mailed to the address the student indicates on their application.

FAQ’s

What is considered an eligible expense?
Expenses related to the disruption of campus operation due to COVID-19 are expenses under a student’s cost of attendance – food/housing, technology, healthcare, childcare, and transportation.
Is the money I receive from the HEERF grant considered taxable income?

No, this grant funding is not included as part of your gross income for 2020.

Will I receive the HEERF grant if I owe LHAA money?
Yes, if you are eligible for the grant, you will receive the money even if you have a balance with LHAA.
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.
When will I receive my emergency grant?

We expect disbursements to begin a week after the initial application deadline, estimated September 30, 2020.

How much emergency grant money will I receive?

Grant amounts range from $200-$1000 based on the formula developed by LHAA.

How much grant money did LHAA receive?
LHAA received $29,250. 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 LHAA received will not be the same as at other colleges. Each college had to develop its own strategy for disbursing the funds to eligible students enrolled at their campus.

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