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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

ARPA: American Rescue Plan Act (HEERF III)

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ARP funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260 and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136. Emergency funds available to institutions and their students under all emergency funds total $76.2 billion.

Hagerstown Community College received supplemental funds under ARP via the Education Stabilization Fund, Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF III) under Section 314(a)(1) to support students and the institution:

  • Student Portion: Institutions must make financial aid grants to students, which can be used for any component of the student’s 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. Unlike the CARES Act, the ARP requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, and authorizes grants to students exclusively enrolled in distance education.
  • Institutional Portion: Institutional portion funds may be used to defray expenses associated with coronavirus (including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff trainings, and payroll), and to carry out student support activities authorized by the HEA that address needs related to coronavirus. Institutional funds may also be used to make additional financial aid grants to students.

 

CRRSAA, 2021 (HEERF II)

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), was signed into law on December 27, 2020 and provides an additional $81.9 billion to the Education Stabilization Fund.

Hagerstown Community College received supplemental funds under CRRSAA via the Education Stabilization Fund, Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) under Section 314(a)(1) to support students and the institution:

  • Student Portion: Institutions must make financial aid grants to students, which can be used for any component of the student’s 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. Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, and authorizes grants to students exclusively enrolled in distance education.
  • Institutional Portion: Institutional portion funds may be used to defray expenses associated with coronavirus (including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff trainings, and payroll), and to carry out student support activities authorized by the HEA that address needs related to coronavirus. Institutional funds may also be used to make additional financial aid grants to students.
  • Strengthening Intuitions Program (SIP): Institutions may use this award to defray expenses associated with the coronavirus (including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff trainings, and payroll); carry out student support activities authorized by the HEA that address needs related to the coronavirus; and make financial aid grants to students, which may be used for any component of the student’s 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.

 

CARES Act (HEERF I)

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law. It is a $2 trillion package of assistance measures, including $30.75 billion for an Education Stabilization Fund. Four grant programs were created through the CARES Act: Education Stabilization Fund Discretionary Grants; Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund; Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund; and Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

Hagerstown Community College received three allocations of CARES Act Funding via the Education Stabilization Fund, Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund I (HEERF I) under Section 18004(a)(1) and 18004(a)(2) to support students and the institution:

  • Student Portion: to provide students with emergency financial aid grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.
  • Institutional Portion: to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus so long as such costs do not include payment to contractors for the provision of pre-enrollment recruitment activities, including marketing and advertising; endowments; or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship (collectively referred to as “Recipient’s Institutional Costs”).
  • Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP):  grants to students for any component of the student’s cost of attendance, including tuition, course materials, and technology. Institutions may also use these funds to defray institutional expenses, which may include lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with the transition to distance education, faculty and staff training, and payroll.

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Summer 2021 Credit Students

COVID-19 Student Emergency Assistance Grants Are Available!

We know the pandemic has altered life for students, including unexpected and increased financial needs. HCC is committed to helping students during these uncertain times. The Department of Education issued Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) funds to distribute to eligible HCC college students facing exceptional financial need as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, the HCC Foundation has funds available to help eligible students in need. To apply, students must be enrolled at the time of application in Summer 2021 classes (May 24-August 16) and indicate exceptional financial need due to the pandemic. Federal emergency grants are allocated directly to eligible students. Funds will be allocated until they are depleted. Applications for Summer 2021 enrolled students will be accepted until August 1, 2021.

Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 COVID-19 Student Emergency Assistance Grants will be available for Fall and Spring enrolled students. Details will be sent via student email at the start of each semester.