Meet the Lab Coordinator of our Nursing Department Meet the Lab Coordinator of our Nursing Department, Monika Dixon. She has amazing experience and a lot of inspiration to share. Thank you, Ms. Dixon, for everything you’ve done for our Nursing Department and students. This year we’re trying to do our part in honoring our dedicated Nursing students and alumni by sharing their video stories. If we haven’t recorded your story yet, let us celebrate you. Access www.asa.edu/nurses2020 to learn more.
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Dear ASA Students
I hope you and your family are healthy, safe, and well.
Over the past few weeks, the COVID-19 crisis has had a profound impact on higher education. We have become a locked-down society. As a result, we are experiencing a sea of change in the way we do business: (a) Traditional classes have moved online; (b) Graduation ceremonies are canceled; (c) Executives, faculty, and staff are working from home when just a month ago we were working in an office. It is safe to say that none of us has ever experienced anything close to this crisis.
Over the last few weeks, Congress has developed a number of stimulus packages in an effort to provide relief to hundreds of millions of Americans. One of those is the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law on March 27th, 2020.
The CARES Act established and funded the Department of Education’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Under HEERF, ASA College will receive about $6.2 million, of which $3.1 million must be distributed directly to students. The remaining $3.1 million is for the institution to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.
The US Department of Education (USDOE) has mandated the student funds ($3.1 million) to be disbursed only to students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). The criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include but are not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting. It is important to specify that HEERF specify that students enrolled exclusively in a distance education program are NOT eligible for the emergency financial aid grant. Congress’ intention was to provide aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. Students, who were enrolled exclusively in online programs, would not have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Congress also excluded DACA and International students.
We are still waiting for further guidance or clarifications as to the criteria to participate in this program and the methods to be used to determine the amount each student should receive. We expect these funds to be distributed in the first or second week of May 2020.
Jose F. Valencia, CPA
ASA College, Inc.
SEVP proposed rules and regulations changes rescinded Attention, International Students: The Trump administration has rescinded a rule that would have required international students to leave the country if their colleges hold classes entirely online this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. The move comes after the policy announcement last week sparked a flurry of litigation, beginning with a suit brought by Harvard and MIT, followed by California’s public colleges and later a coalition of 17 states. ...
We stand together Laws and regulations that single out vulnerable members of our community are divisive and unjust. We stand together. International students representing over 125 countries are enrolled at ASA College. Over 30% percent of our student body is international. With the firmest conviction we believe that international students are crucial to ASA’s stated mission of educating a diverse and qualified student population. No institution of higher learning educates truly qualified students without the diversity of thought, perspectives, and...