Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) is federal legislation that provides a variety of financial support to individuals and organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
CRRSAA includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II(HEERF II) that provides more than $23 billion in emergency funding to higher education to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. CRRSAA requires that an institution receiving funding provide the same amount in financial aid grants to students from the new CRRSAA funds that it was required to provide under its original CARES Act Student Aid Portion award.
DCC has allocated $50,000 institutional dollars from Cares Act Section 18004(a)(3) FIPSE funds and received $71,076 from CRRSAA includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II(HEERF II). These funds are to directly support students who have demonstrated need and are facing financial challenges because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
The disbursement, from the U.S. Department of Education as part of the CRRSAA Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II, is designed to prioritize students with the greatest demonstrated financial need.
DCC will distribute the HEERF & CRRSAA funds to federal aid applicants with the greatest identified need as described more fully below. Each recipient must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the Financial Aid Office
The main criteria for a grant are the demonstration of a genuine need and that the capacity for continued study may be in jeopardy due to financial hardship. Applicants may have to provide documentation supporting the need if requested.
Who is Eligible for the DCC Emergency CARES Grant?
Who is Not Eligible for the DCC Emergency CARES Grant?
Financial aid grants for students 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.
How much funding is available?
Eligible, degree-seeking DCC students who are attending Spring 2021 at least half-time and have a 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid on file with DCC will be considered for a Spring 2021 CRRSAA Emergency Grant. Priority consideration for the grants will be given to students who are spring 2021 recipients of the Federal Pell Grant. Federal Pell Grant eligible students will receive a $750 grant; all other eligible students will receive up to a $600 grant based on need and available funds.
After their application has been reviewed, students will be notified about grant eligibility through their DCC email accounts. CARES Act grants will be disbursed to students in the order they are processed while funds last. Funds will be disbursed via a mailed check to the address on the application.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to receive a HEERF II Emergency Grant?
How do I apply for the HEERF II Emergency Grant?
I have not filled out or submitted a FAFSA for 2020-21. Is it too late?
How much funding can I receive?
How will I know if my application is approved?
How and when will I receive my funding?
How can I use the money?
If I have a balance with DCC, will my grant be applied towards my balance?
What if I need more than what is awarded to me?
Are international students eligible to receive HEERF II Emergency Grant?
Who do I contact if I have questions?
How did Dawson Community College develop the eligibility criteria?