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.
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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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
HEERF III Eligible Participants
HEERF III Students Receiving Funds
These funds are available only to curriculum students at this time. These funds will be spent during the 2021-22 academic year.
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.
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:
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.
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
HEERF II Eligible Participants
HEERF II Students Receiving Funds
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.
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
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:
*Please note these funds can not be used to satisfy an outstanding account balance.*
Eligible students award amount can range from $253 to a maximum of $1,200. Please see below for the awarding methodology.
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
HEERF I Eligible Participants
HEERF I Students Receiving Funds
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:
The total amount that will be distributed to students: $263,988.
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 Amanda Buchanan, Director of Financial Aid at: [email protected]