Technical students to receive 2nd part of CARES Act incentive
By John McPhaul
Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced and Education (DE) Secretary Eligio Hernández Pérez announced on Monday that, starting this week, 1,293 students from post-secondary technical institutes attached to the Puerto Rico Department of Education will receive in their bank account the second part of the $2,400 incentive as a result of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act legislation.
“The newly disbursed funds belong to 100 percent of the allocation to the technical education area of emergency legislation that totals $3.3 million,” the governor said. “The money, according to federal regulations, could be used for expenses for lodging, food, medical matters, childcare and any other expenses caused by the COVID-19 emergency. During the past month, the students saw reflected in their respective bank accounts the first $1,200 corresponding to 50 percent of the incentive payment.”
This $3.3 million is being distributed to technical education students who meet the following requirements: they are eligible for Title IV of the Higher Education Act, they comply with the distance education modality established by the DE and with federal assistance public policy, they have no debts with the U.S. Department of Education (outstanding student loans, for example), they have completed Verification Audit V4 and V5, and they are registered with the (military) Selective Service.
“This federal allocation serves almost the entire population of our five institutes that have already met the requirements,” the Education secretary said. “Aid may be used at this time of emergency. This money is part of the million-dollar economic incentive destined for the public education system and, therefore, for all our students.”
Eligible students attend one of the Puerto Rico Technological Institute campuses in San Juan, Ponce, Manatí and Guayama, as well as the Escuela de Troquelería y Herramentaje in Bayamón. The Education chief announced that in the coming weeks he will announce other incentives for teachers and staff assigned to public schools.