Student Awards Reporting

CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Grants (HEERF I) Student Awards Reporting

*Update: Applications for Cares HEERF I are no longer being accepted. 

Pearl River Community College received $2,192,975 from the CARES Act for direct relief to students. All funds have been disbursed to eligible students as of June 8, 2020.

Which students are eligible to receive HEERF I  Emergency financial aid grants?

Under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), students were determined eligible to participate in CARES Act Relief Grant program. Eligibility criteria included, but was not limited to, students who are:

  • United States citizens or nationals, permanent residents, or other eligible non-citizens.
  • High school diploma or GED certificate recipients.
  • Registered with the Selective Service, if male.
  • Enrolled in a degree or certificate program at Pearl River Community College on March 13, 2020.
  • Not on financial aid suspension.
  • Making satisfactory academic progress in their course of study.

* The CARES Act funds were not distributed to students who were enrolled in an all-online program.

How will the amount of HEERF I Emergency Relief Grants be determined?

Students who were identified as possibly eligible for CARES Act funds were also notified by email and given a June 1st deadline to complete eligibility requirements. 

Please note that 3,000 students were identified at the institution who are or could be possibly eligible to participate in the Federal student financial aid programs under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and thus are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Of the total students identified, 2,894.00 received CARES Act Relief funds.

How do students receive HEERF I emergency financial aid grants?

Pearl River Community College believes all students enrolled during the spring 2020 semester incurred additional expenses due to the Pearl River Community College’s transition to online learning as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and are entitled to CARES Act funds. Pearl River Community College also believes that disbursing CARES Act Relief funds to students as soon as possible follows the intent of the CARES Act.

PRCC released $2,192,169.03 for 2,883 students. All eligible students at Pearl River Community College received funds ranging from $674.55 to $903.84. The determinations were made based off need. The amount distributed was determined by the amount of students who qualified and the amount of funds available.

CRRSAA Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II)

 

*Update: Applications for Cares HEERF I are no longer being accepted. 

Provided through the federal Coronavirus Response and Recovery Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) created the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) in the spring of 2020. Pearl River Community College was able to provide grants to students during the spring and summer terms of 2020. Information related to the awarding of those grants may be found in the HEERF I section.

In December of 2020, the U.S. government passed the Coronavirus Response and Recovery Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) which provided supplemental grant awards to higher education institutions. This included a supplemental award of $2,192,975 for additional emergency grants for students and $6,175,335 for institutional portion. The U.S. Department of Education provided guidance in making these awards in March of 2021. 

How will the amount of HEERF II Emergency Relief Grants be determined?

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 HEERF II (CRRSAA) requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants. However, students do not need to be only Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants.

Which students are eligible to receive HEERF II emergency financial aid grants?

Under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), students were determined eligible to participate in CARES Act Relief Grant program. Eligibility criteria included, but was not limited to, students who are: 

  • All credit students enrolled in the spring 2021 who are U.S. Citizens are eligible for a grant. In addition, all adult education students who are a U. S. citizen, enrolled in the spring 2021.

How do students receive HEERF II emergency financial aid grants?

All students were emailed, notified through student signage on campus, social media, and text messages. 

  • Student relief funds sent directly to the student using HEERF II student portion of funds totaled $2,192,220.80, helping approximately six thousand three hundred and nineteen students.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) 

Pearl River Community College received an additional $7,503,617 for Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds through a formula from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). As with the CARES Act (HEERF I) and the CRRSAA (HEERF II) funds already released, these grants are provided to assist students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Eligible fees under a student’s cost of attendance, such as tuition, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare, are included.

What is different with HEERF III?

Students who are or were enrolled in an institution of higher education on or after the date of the declaration of the national emergency due to the coronavirus (March 13, 2020) are eligible for emergency financial aid grants from the HEERF, regardless of whether they completed a FAFSA or are eligible for Title IV. The CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants or are undergraduates with extraordinary financial circumstances, in awarding emergency financial aid grants to students.

Which students are eligible to receive HEERF III emergency financial aid grants?

As announced in the Department’s final rule, “Eligibility To Receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students Under HEERF” (May 14, 2021, 86 FR 26608) (final rule), the term “student,” for purposes of the phrases “grants to students,” “emergency financial aid grants to students,” and “financial aid grants to students” as used in the HEERF programs, is now defined as any individual who is or was enrolled (as defined in 34 CFR § 668.2) at an eligible institution (as defined in 34 CFR § 600.2) on or after March 13, 2020, the date of declaration of the national emergency due to the coronavirus (85 FR 15337). Thus, students are no longer required to be eligible for Title IV student financial aid in order to receive HEERF grants to students.

  • Students must be enrolled for the semester they are applying for emergency grant funds. Students taking non-credit courses are not eligible.
  • Students must complete an online HEERF III Emergency Relief Grant Application through their RiverGuide account by the established deadline.
  • Have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, including the eligible fees under a student’s cost of attendance such as tuition, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, child care, mental or health expenses.
  • Students must not be enrolled in a dual enrollment or middle college program.

How do students receive their HEERF III emergency financial aid grants?

Pearl River Community College is working to distribute HEERF III Emergency Relief Grants to eligible students who have been impacted by the COVID 19 Pandemic. Students who wish to apply for the free HEERF III Emergency Relief Grant must submit an application by September 3, 2021 for the fall semester and February 4, 2022 for the spring semester.

HEERF Grants (free) will be available to all PRCC students. The application opened Monday, August 16th, and MUST be completed in RiverGuide (locate the HEERF piggy bank) by September 3, 2021 for the fall semester and February 4, 2022 for the spring semester. Students have two options if found eligible to receive the grant funds:

(1) Students can authorize PRCC to apply the HEERF III Emergency Relief Grant to their student account and any current institutional charges.  Any excess funds remaining after applying to eligible charges will be distributed to the student. 

(2) Students can choose to have HEERF III Emergency Relief Grant distributed directly to them.

How will the amount of HEERF III Emergency Relief Grants be determined?

  • HEERF III Emergency Relief Grants will be based upon need.
  • The number of applications received and the amount of available funds will determine the amount of each grant award. Grants may be up to $813 and will vary based off established need.

Students can find details regarding HEERF III below. If you have questions or concerns about HEERF III Relief Grant funding or the application process, please contact one of our PRCC Chat Agents by using the Chat Feature on the website or email questions to heerf@prcc.edu

Fall 2021

The HEERF III Relief Grant funding application closed on September 5, 2021.

An extension was provided due to Hurricane Ida to extend the deadline for the HEERF application for an additional week. All students were notified via text and email that the application deadline was extended until September 13. Applications were reviewed the weeks of September 13th and 20th.  Based off the answers on the application completed by the student in their RiverGuide Student Portal, the following disbursements were sent out. 

September 31, 2021 Quarterly Report: 

  • Funds were disbursed to student accounts for the student portion of Heerf III funding totaled $753,895.00, which included 1,104 students as of 9/30/2021
  • Funds disbursed as refunds to students for the student portion of Heerf III funding totaled $1,389,697.00, which included 1,863 students as of 9/30/2021.  

Updated for 2021 year-end quarterly reporting:

December 31, 2021 Quarterly Report:

  • Funds were disbursed to student accounts for the student portion of Heerf III funding totaled $759,620.19, which included 1,123 students as of 12/30/2021.
  • Funds disbursed as refunds to students for the student portion of Heerf III funding totaled $1,485,021.71, which included 2,023 students as of 12/30/2021

The application for the fall 2021 semester has closed. 
Additionally, if you, or your spouse or parent(s) where applicable, have had a decrease in your 2020 or 2021 income or benefits due to the Covid pandemic, you may qualify to have your federal aid eligibility re-evaluated. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information at finaid@prcc.edu

Spring 2022 – January 9, 2022
The application for the spring 2022 semester will open on January 17th and remain open until February 4th. Students should check their RiverGuide and student email for instructions on filling out the secure HEERF application which is required to receive emergency grant funds. The same requirements for the fall 2021 semester apply. All students are encouraged to have a FAFSA on file before applying. 

The application for spring 2022 has closed.

March 31, 2022 Quarterly Report:

  • Funds disbursed to student accounts for the student portion of HEERF III funding totaled $1,345,155.10, which included 1,498 students as of 3/31/2022.
  • Funds disbursed as refunds to students for the student portion of HEERF III funding totaled $3,145,866.53, which included 2,892 students as of 3/31/2022.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III)

On March 11, 2021, The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) was authorized and signed into law by the American Rescue Plan (ARP).  As a result, the Department of Education has allocated additional COVID Relief funds to colleges and universities for the purpose of serving students and ensuring that learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, Pearl River Community College is working to distribute HEERF III Emergency Relief Grants to eligible students who have been impacted by the COVID 19 Pandemic.

Who is eligible?

Eligibility Requirements:

• Students must be enrolled during the fall 2021 semester. Students taking non-credit courses are not eligible.

• Students must complete an online HEERF III Emergency Relief Grant Application through their Wildcat Web account by the established deadline.

• Have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, including the eligible fees under a student’s cost of attendance such as tuition, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, child care, mental or health expenses. 

• Students must not be enrolled in a dual enrollment or middle college program.

Do HEERF III grants have to be paid back to the Federal Government?

No, these are grants, not loans, and do not have to be paid back to the Federal Government.  

How do I apply for the HEERF III Emergency Relief Grant?

HEERF III Emergency Relief Grant Application Steps:

• Log into RiverGuide.

• Click on the “HEERF” icon at the top of the RiverGuide home page.

• There are three questions to answer. You must answer all questions. 

• After you have answered all questions, click the “Survey Complete” button. Please carefully consider your options. Once the survey is submitted no changes are allowed as processing begins. 

The deadline to apply for HEERF III Emergency Relief Grant is FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2021.

How will the amount of HEERF III Emergency Relief Grants be determined?

• HEERF III Emergency Relief Grants will be based upon need.

• The number of applications received and the amount of available funds will determine the amount of each grant award. Grants may be up to $813 and will vary based off established need. 

How will HEERF III Emergency Relief Grant be distributed?

Students receiving HEERF III Emergency Relief Grants will be offered two possible choices in which to have their funds distributed to them.

1. Students can authorize Pearl River Community College to apply the HEERF III Emergency Relief Grant to their student account and any current institutional charges.  Any excess funds remaining after applying to eligible charges will be distributed to the student. Students who authorize the college to apply this grant to their account will not be required to pay applicable charges before class start dates.

2. Students can choose to have HEERF III Emergency Relief Grant distributed directly to them with the understanding that all tuition, fees, and college charges above any completed and authorized financial aid are due when classes start. 

If you have questions or concerns about HEERF III Relief Grant funding or the application process, please contact one of our PRCC Chat Agents by using the Chat Feature on the website or email questions to heerf@prcc.edu.   

 

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