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Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds III (HEERF III)

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, PL 117-2 (ARP) was signed into law. ARP appropriated approximately $39.6 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and represents the third stream of funding appropriated to colleges and universities to assist students with emergency grants in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Under ARP, MTCC received an allocation of $985,767.00 to be awarded directly to students in the form of emergency grants to assist with expenses associated with COVID-19, including (but not limited to) food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care.

Students will need to fill out and finalize a 2021-22 FAFSA application and will need to fill out a Learn and Grow application to apply for these funds.

Funding will be based on financial need and what is requested on the Learn and Grow application.  Tuition for the 2021-22 academic year is guaranteed to be paid by financial aid awarded first and/or by HEERFlll funds as needed.  The following costs are also covered if indicated as needed on the Learn and Grow application.

Books

$600 per semester

Childcare

$1600 per semester

Laptop

$1500 one time

ATI Fees

$620 per semester for LPN

Childcare

$1075 first semester for ADN

Cosmetology Kit

$1600 one time

Nursing Supplies

$1000 one time

Welding Supplies

$500 per semester

Advertising & Graphics Supplies

$750 per semester

Photography Supplies

$750 per semester

Transportation

$1034 per semester​

Personal

$800 per semester

HEERF III Emergency Grants are NOT considered to be financial aid or a loan.  Students will NOT be required to repay these funds.  Receipt of an emergency grant will have no effect on future financial aid eligibility.

HEERF III Emergency Grant checks for eligible students will go into the mail on Wednesday September 22, 2021.

Students who have additional extenuating circumstances and unexpected financial emergency needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for additional emergency grant funding.  Please contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information and to apply.

It is not too late to apply, funds are still available for students starting in the spring semester.  Apply early.

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Reporting for student amount HEERF III

March 11, 2021: Additional funding in the amount of $985,767 was allocated to MTCC under American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, PL 117-2 (ARP), which will be referred to as HEERF III.

HEERF III Funds Distributed

  • June 30, 2021: Quarterly Report – $0September 30, 2021: Quarterly Report – $450,553.75

HEERF III Eligible Participants

  • June 30, 2021: Quarterly Report – 0
  • September 30, 2021: Quarterly Report – 1207

HEERF III Students Receiving Funds

  • June 30, 2021: Quarterly Report – 0
  • September 30, 2021: Quarterly Report – 788

These funds are available only to curriculum students at this time.  These funds will be spent during the 2021-22 academic year.

 

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II (HEERF II)

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II), commonly referred to as the CARES Act, is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. In total, the CRRSAA authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136.

Under CRRSAA, MTCC received an allocation of $263,988 to be awarded directly to students in the form of emergency grants to assist with expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, including (but not limited to) food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care. There is no application for the HEERF II Cares Act Emergency Grant.  Students will automatically be awarded the emergency funds based on the following criteria and will receive an email notification through their MTCC email accounts.

  • 2020-2021 FAFSA on file
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Enrollment Status (FT, QT, HT, or LTHT)
  • TIV Eligible Program of Study

These emergency grants are NOT considered to be financial aid or a loan.  Students will NOT be required to repay these funds.  Receipt of an emergency grant will have no effect on future financial aid eligibility.

Award amounts for the 2021 spring semester will vary depending on the individual student’s FAFSA EFC:

Category

Pell Eligible

State Grant Only

Not Eligible

EFC

0-5711

5712-8500

8501-99999

# of Students

262

23

41

Amount per Student

$350.00

$300.00

$250.00

Total Amount

$91,700.00

$91,700.00

$6,900.00

$10,250.00

Emergency Grant checks will be mailed to eligible students on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Additional HEERF II funds will be distributed to students in Fall semester, 2021.

Reporting for student amount HEERF I, HEERF II, and HEERF III

HEERF II

December 27, 2020: Additional funding in the amount of $263,988 was allocated to MTCC under Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136, which will be referred to as HEERF II.

HEERF II Funds Distributed

  • June 30, 2021: Quarterly Report – $107,350.00
  • September 30, 2021: Quarterly Report – $65,229.22

HEERF II Eligible Participants

  • June 30, 2021: Quarterly Report – 322
  • September 30, 2021: Quarterly Report – 91

HEERF II Students Receiving Funds

  • June 30, 2021: Quarterly Report – 322
  • September 30, 2021: Quarterly Report – 91

HEERF II funds were available to curriculum as well as continuing education students.  The remaining funds will be spent during the 2021-2022 academic year.

 

2020 CARES ACT HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND (HEERF)

Description

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, Institution of Higher Education/Student Aid program, provides funding to institutions of higher education to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by the Coronavirus/COVID-19, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet. The acronym CARES Act stands for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Students cannot apply for assistance directly from the U.S. Department of Education. Institutions like McDowell Tech are responsible for determining how grants will be distributed to students, how the amount of each student grant is calculated, and developing instructions or directions for students interested in applying for the grant.

McDowell Technical Community College has signed and returned a certification and agreement form to receive an allocation of these funds.  We will use the CARES Act HEERF funds to provide the mandated amount of $263,988 in emergency financial aid grants to students.

The Department of Education made these funds available to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. In these unusual and unprecedented times, we recognize that students may face unexpected challenges in reaching their educational goals and require short-term financial support to achieve success. Emergency grants are intended to help students meet urgent, basic needs such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare as the result of the coronavirus.

Eligibility Requirements For a Student To Receive a CARES Act HEERF Grant

Student must:

  • Have incurred expenses for new arrangements that had to be made due to the closure of college facilities–such as expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and/or childcare.
  • Have completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA, if attending college during the 2019-2020 academic year; or a 2020-2021 FAFSA if attending college during the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Be currently enrolled in an eligible degree, certificate or diploma program
  • Be maintaining satisfactory academic progress (SAP)
  • Not be enrolled exclusively in certain CERTIFICATE programs as of March 13, 2020 (A list of these programs is available from our Financial Aid Director.)
  • Complete a HEERF Grant application
  • Submit an application by Friday, May 15, 2020

Grant Funds Can Be Used For The Following Types Of Needs

This fund intends to provide emergency grants to help students meet urgent, basic needs such as:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Childcare

*Please note these funds can not be used to satisfy an outstanding account balance.*

Awarded Amounts

Eligible students award amount can range from $253 to a maximum of $1,200. Please see below for the awarding methodology.

EFC (Estimated Family Contribution)

0-700

701-5576

5577-8500

8501+

Full Time

1,200

850

750

475

3/4 Time

900

650

560

380

1/2 Time

700

500

440

300

Less Than 1/2 time

560

400

350

253

Reporting for student amount HEERF I

May 2020: Funding in the amount of $263,988 was allocated to MTCC under Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136, which will be referred to as HEERF I.

HEERF I Funds Distributed

  • June 30, 2020: Quarterly Report – $259,554.00
  • September 30, 2021: Quarterly Report – $0
  • December 31, 2021: Quarterly Report – $0
  • March 31, 2021: Quarterly Report – $0
  • June 30, 2021: Quarterly Report – $4,434.00

HEERF I Eligible Participants

  • June 30, 2020: Quarterly Report – 334
  • September 30, 2021: Quarterly Report – 0
  • December 31, 2021: Quarterly Report – 0
  • March 31, 2021: Quarterly Report – 0
  • June 30, 2021: Quarterly Report – 15

HEERF I Students Receiving Funds

  • June 30, 2020: Quarterly Report – 334
  • September 30, 2021: Quarterly Report – 0
  • December 31, 2021: Quarterly Report – 0
  • March 31, 2021: Quarterly Report – 0
  • June 30, 2021: Quarterly Report – 15

The highest grant amounts are provided to eligible students who exhibit the highest financial need as determined from their financial aid application (FAFSA). Furthermore, emergency grant award amounts for students who are enrolled less than full time will be prorated accordingly. For example, students enrolled in 6 credit hours would receive less than half the amount that a full-time student would receive.

Disbursement of Funds

Funds will be disbursed according to the formula amounts shown in the table above.

Department of Education Reporting

The total number of students at McDowell Technical Community College who are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant:

The total number of students who will receive an emergency financial aid grant:

EFC (Estimated Family Contribution)

0-700

701-5576

5577-8500

8501+

Full Time

84

26

7

12

3/4 Time

49

27

5

12

1/2 Time

34

19

6

6

Less Than 1/2 time

33

6

5

3

Total Students

200

78

23

33

334

The total number of students who will receive an emergency financial aid grant:

EFC (Estimated Family Contribution)

0-700

701-5576

5577-8500

8501+

Full Time

84

26

7

12

3/4 Time

49

27

5

12

1/2 Time

34

19

6

6

Less Than 1/2 time

33

6

5

3

Total Students

200

78

23

33

334

The total amount that will be distributed to students: $263,988.

Contact Information

Students who expect grants from the CARES Act/HEERF Funds may check their WebAdvisor account for information on expected refund amounts. For all other questions or inquiries, please email Lisa Byrd, Director of Financial Aid at: [email protected]

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