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COVID-19 UPDATE

Information From The Creative Circus About the Coronavirus

The Creative Circus has continued to monitor the COVID-19 situation in our communities. We have resumed on campus classroom instruction while continuing to deliver lectures virtually.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our staff, students, and guests. The campus follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, as well as State and local directives. Upon learning of a confirmed COVID-19 case in someone who has been on the campus, a notification is posted on the website.

1. Classroom Instruction

Covid-19 Campus Plan

2. Health and Safety Information

Keep up with the latest on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and your state health department’s websites.

Georgia Department of Health

3. CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

The Creative Circus acknowledges that it has signed and returned to the US Department of Education the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Certification and Agreement and the Creative Circus 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.

The total amount of funds that the Creative Circus has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $56,597.00.

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of:

June 29, 2020 – $22,176.00

July 23, 2020 (30-day Report) – $32,736.00

July 31, 2020 – $33,264.00

September 6, 2020 (45-day Report) – $33,264.00

September 11, 2020 – $56,597.25

The estimated total number of students at the Creative Circus 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 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 107 students.

The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of:

June 29, 2020 – 42 Students

July 23, 2020 (30-day Report) – 62 Students

July 31, 2020 – 63 Students

September 6, 2020 (45-day Report) – 63 Students

September 11, 2020 – 63 students

The method(s) used by the Creative Circus to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is as follows:

  • The total amount of funds received ($56,596.00) was divided by the estimated total number of student eligible to participate in the program (107 students) to determine the initial award amount of $528.00

  • A CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Emergency Financial Aid Grants – Student Certification Form was electronically sent to the students determined eligible to receive a grant to complete on the student portal.

  • Students were asked to attest to the eligibility requirement of having expenses related to the disruption of campus operation due to COVID-19.

  • Students who completed the form and attested to having expenses met the eligibility requirement to receive the emergency financial aid grant and were asked to certify their understanding of the grant program and the accuracy of their response.

  • A deadline of August 21, 2020 was set to complete the Student Certification Form.  The deadline was then extended until August 28, 2020.

  • Once Emergency Financial Aid Grants were awarded to eligible students, the total amount of funds remaining ($23,333.00) was divided by the remaining number of students eligible to participate in the program (53 students) as of September 3, 2020 to determine the second award amount of $440.25.

As follows please find additional instructions, directions, and/or guidance for students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants:

All eligible students will receive their grant through Bank Mobile based on their current refund preference. As a reminder Bank Mobile offers three options to students when processing refunds:

  • Deposit to a Bank Mobile Checking Account

  • Deposit to a personal Financial Institution/Bank

  • Refund sent via paper check

Students who would like to verify and/or change their refund preference can log into their account at https://bankmobilevibe.com/ or contact the Financial Services Call Center at 1-866-801-1658 for assistance.

Students who do not have an account with Bank Mobile can call 1-866-801-1658 to speak with a Financial Services Officer or visit the Financial Aid Office at your institution to set up your account.

4. HEERF Institutional Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting 10.30.20

5. HEERF Institutional Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting 1.10.21

6. Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) –
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)

The Creative Circus acknowledges that it has signed and returned to the US Department of Education the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) Certification and Agreement and the Creative Circus has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSAA (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

The total amount of funds that the Creative Circus has received from the Department under CRRSAA pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $136,607.00.

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under CRRSAA as of:

April 9, 2021 – $136,607.00

The estimated total number of students at the Creative Circus eligible to participate in programs under CRRSAA is 45 students.

The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under CRRSAA as of:

April 9, 2021 – 45 Students

The method(s) used by the Creative Circus to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under CRRSAA is as follows:

  • Active students (or on an approved leave of absence) on April 6, 2021 enrolled in Title IV eligible program.   
  • Completed a FAFSA and has demonstrated financial need.
  • EFC on ISIR is under or equal to $5,711 (Students with EFC of $5,711 and below are eligible for Pell Grant
  • The Creative Circus awarded 90% of the total award amount received ($122,946.30) equally among the number of active students with a 0 EFC (26 Students) and 10% of the total award amount received ($13,660.70) equally among the number of active students with a non-zero EFC of $5,711 or less (19 Students). Students with 0 EFC received an award of $4,728.70 and students with a non-zero EFC of $5,711 or less received an award amount of $718.99.
  • The Creative Circus contributed $.01 to the total amount of funds received from the Department to ensure consistent awards. 

As follows please find additional instructions, directions, and/or guidance for students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants:

A HEERF II Emergency Financial Aid Grant has been awarded to you and sent to Bank Mobile for payment. Please see below for an FAQ regarding this grant:

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)
HEERF II – Emergency Financial Aid Grants – Student FAQ

Why am I receiving this financial aid grant?

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), our  institution received relief funds to distribute as emergency financial aid grants to eligible students of our institution.  The Institution has prioritized grants to students with exceptional need. 

What expenses can I use this grant money for?

Under the law, these grant funds may ONLY be used by eligible students for the cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.  

How do I apply my grant to my cost of attendance or tuition?

If students would like to use their grant for cost of attendance/tuition for a remaining balance due to the institution once you receive the grant from Bank Mobile you can make a manual payment by calling 1-866-801-1658 and select the option to make a payment (option 8) or by visiting the Financial Aid Office at your institution.

If students would like to use their grant to pay toward a student loan received to pay for the cost of attendance/tuition, the student should go to studentaid.gov and click on Manage Loans>Make a Payment and follow the prompts to make a payment.

What happens if my student status changes or I withdraw from school before I receive the grant?

Any current student who ceases to be an active student (or to be on an approved leave of absence) prior to the awarding and disbursement of the grant is no longer eligible to receive a grant.  If an individual ceases to be eligible prior to receiving a grant, any funds that were to be awarded to that individual will be awarded to another student in need.  

What if I do not claim the grant or cash the check?

If a student fails to claim funds within 30 days of receiving his or her grant, the award may be cancelled and the institution may distribute the funds to another student in need.  

How will the grant be awarded/disbursed?

All eligible students will receive their grant through Bank Mobile based on their current refund preference. Bank Mobile offers three options to students when processing refunds:

  • Deposit to a Bank Mobile Checking Account
  • Deposit to a personal Financial Institution/Bank
  • Refund sent via paper check

Students who would like to verify and/or change their refund preference can log into their account at https://bankmobilevibe.com/ or contact the Financial Services Call Center at 1-866-801-1658 for assistance.

Students who do not have an account with Bank Mobile can call 1-866-801-1658 to speak with a Financial Services Officer or visit the Financial Aid Office at your institution to set up your account.

7. American Rescue Plan (ARP) – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III) 

The Creative Circus acknowledges that it has signed and returned to the US Department of Education the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Certification and Agreement and the Creative Circus has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the ARP to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

The total amount of funds that the Creative Circus has received from the Department under ARP pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $90,247.00.

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under ARP as of:

July 23, 2021 – $45,123.68

The estimated total number of students at the Creative Circus eligible to participate in programs under ARP is 45 students.

The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under ARP as of:

June 23, 2021 – 45 Students

The method(s) used by the Creative Circus to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under ARP is as follows:

  • Active students (or on an approved leave of absence) on July 20, 2021 enrolled in Title IV eligible program.

  • Completed a FAFSA and has demonstrated financial need.

  • EFC on ISIR is under or equal to $5,711 (Students with EFC of $5,711 and below are eligible for Pell Grant

  • The Creative Circus awarded 50% of the ARP award on June 23, 2021 and will award the remaining amount in fall 2021

  • The Creative Circus awarded 90% of this award amount received ($40,611.20) equally among the number of active students with a 0 EFC (28 Students) and 10% of the award amount ($4,512.48) equally among the number of active students with a non-zero EFC of $5,711 or less (17 Students). Students with 0 EFC received an award of $1,450.40 and students with a non-zero EFC of $5,711 or less received an award amount of $265.44.

As follows please find additional instructions, directions, and/or guidance for students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants:

A HEERF III Emergency Financial Aid Grant has been awarded to you and sent to Bank Mobile for payment. Please see below for an FAQ regarding this grant:

American Rescue Plan (ARP)

HEERF III – Emergency Financial Aid Grants – Student FAQ

Why am I receiving this financial aid grant?

Under the American Rescue Plan (ARP), our  institution received relief funds to distribute as emergency financial aid grants to eligible students of our institution.  The Institution has prioritized grants to students with exceptional need.

What expenses can I use this grant money for?

Under the law, these grant funds may ONLY be used by eligible students for the cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.

How do I apply my grant to my cost of attendance or tuition?

If students would like to use their grant for cost of attendance/tuition for a remaining balance due to the institution once you receive the grant from Bank Mobile you can make a manual payment by calling 1-866-801-1658 and select the option to make a payment (option 8) or by visiting the Financial Aid Office at your institution.

If students would like to use their grant to pay toward a student loan received to pay for the cost of attendance/tuition, the student should go to studentaid.gov and click on Manage Loans>Make a Payment and follow the prompts to make a payment.

What happens if my student status changes or I withdraw from school before I receive the grant?

Any current student who ceases to be an active student (or to be on an approved leave of absence) prior to the awarding and disbursement of the grant is no longer eligible to receive a grant.  If an individual ceases to be eligible prior to receiving a grant, any funds that were to be awarded to that individual will be awarded to another student in need.

What if I do not claim the grant or cash the check?

If a student fails to claim funds within 30 days of receiving his or her grant, the award may be cancelled and the institution may distribute the funds to another student in need.

How will the grant be awarded/disbursed?

All eligible students will receive their grant through Bank Mobile based on their current refund preference. Bank Mobile offers three options to students when processing refunds:

  • Deposit to a Bank Mobile Checking Account

  • Deposit to a personal Financial Institution/Bank

  • Refund sent via paper check

Students who would like to verify and/or change their refund preference can log into their account at https://bankmobilevibe.com/ or contact the Financial Services Call Center at 1-866-801-1658 for assistance.

Students who do not have an account with Bank Mobile can call 1-866-801-1658 to speak with a Financial Services Officer or visit the Financial Aid Office at your institution to set up your account.

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