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COVID-19 Emergency Fund

The COVID-19 public health crisis has disrupted the lives of millions of people, including our students. Heartland Community College has a Student Emergency Fund to support students faced with unexpected, financial hardship. This is a challenging time for everyone, and we want to continue to support our students in achieving their educational aspirations and academic goals. Students can find out if they are eligible for temporary, short–term financial assistance by filling out the Student Emergency Fund Application below.

For questions, please contact finaid@heartland.edu

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for funding, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled as a degree-seeking full-time or part-time undergraduate at Heartland Community College during the Spring 2020 academic term
  • Experiencing unexpected financial hardship resulting from the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak

Examples of Expenses Covered by Coronavirus/COVID-19 Emergency funding:

  • Emergency medical and dental expenses
  • Technology/equipment needed to ensure continuity of online learning
  • Travel expenses impacted
  • Homelessness or potential loss of housing
  • Overdue utility bills reaching a turn-off notice
  • Loss of childcare
  • Health insurance
  • Other financial needs arising from individual and/or special circumstances to be determined on a case-by-case basis

Examples of Expenses Not Covered by Coronavirus/COVID-19 Emergency Funding:

  • Anticipated expenses extending beyond spring 2020 semester
  • Legal expenses or fines
  • Non-essential personal bills
  • Parking tickets, library fines, or other expenses mistakenly incurred
  • Funds for the replacement of lost or stolen items
  • Debt incurred prior to the Illinois COVID-19 emergency declaration (March 26, 2020)

Additional Items to Note

  • Due to the fact that limited funding is available, requests made for expenses beyond the spring 2020 semester will not be considered
  • Students may only receive funds one time via this application
  • Funds awarded do not need to be repaid and will not be subject to federal taxes
  • Award range is $300.00 to $1,000.00 depending on eligible expenses
  • Funds awarded will be paid according to the refund preference you select with BankMobile. For more information about BankMobile visit https://bankmobiledisbursements.com/refundchoices/

Application Process

Complete and submit the online application. Applications will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Office. Decisions will be communicated to students via email within 4 business days of submission.

Fund Distribution

Heartland Community College has distributed emergency financial aid grant funds to our students following our policy and procedures for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CARES Act. The CARES Act, which establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), directs institutions of higher education to use not less than 50 percent of funds received under Sections 18004(a)(1) and 18004(c) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

Heartland Community College has distributed the following to our students:

DATE AMOUNT AWARDED NUMBER OF STUDENTS AWARDED NUMBER OF STUDENTS ELIGIBLE
as of 10/23/20 $845,234 927 3,416

Institutional relief

Heartland Community College has received institutional emergency relief funds following our policy and procedures for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Formula Grants Authorized by Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act, which establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), directs institutions of higher education to use up to 50 percent of funds received under Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus. Heartland Community College has realized lost revenue and expended the following for institutional costs described above:

DATE AMOUNT DESCRIPTION
(1) as of 10/23/20 $647,268 Revenue refunded to students
along with Coronavirus related expenses
 

Heartland Community College may, but is not required to, use funds designated for the Institutional Costs to provide additional emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. If the College chooses to use funds designated for Institutional Costs to provide such emergency financial grants to students, then the funds are subject to the requirements in the Funding Certification and Agreement for the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CARES act, entered into between the College and the Secretary of Education.  Heartland Community College has distributed the above described institutional relief emergency funds to our students: 

DATE AMOUNT NUMBER OF STUDENTS
(2) as of 10/23/20 $0 0

(1) This amount is subject to change as we identify the lost revenue and costs associated with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act that can be refunded through the Institutional Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds.

 (2) As of October 23, 2020 we have not used the CARES Act funding for Institutions for relief to students yet as we are still using the funds made available to us in the CARES Act funding emergency relief to students.