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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 a Student Emergency Fund Application.

For questions, please contact finaid@heartland.edu

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) Authorized By Coronavirus Reponse and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA)

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on December 27, 2020.  In total, the CRRSAA authorized $81.88 billion in support for education, in addition to the $30.75 billion form Secretary DeVos expeditiously provided last spring through Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136.

  1. The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) has awarded Heartland Community College $3,654,736 for Institutional Costs (Award P425F202289-20A) and $1,046,477 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students (Award P425E202207-20A) under the CARES Act.
  2. The College acknowledged the above mentioned award funding by replying on January 19, 2021 to the Department of Education representatives (Institutional Portion – Suzanne.Ulmer@ed.gov and on January 19, 2021 and February 11, 2021 for the Student Emergency Financial Aid Grants – Jymece.Seward@ed.gov).
  3. The total amounts of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students can be found in the table labeled Student Emergency Financial Aid CRRSAA Awards. The table will include historical and quarterly information.
  4. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students can be found in the table labeled Student Emergency Financial Aid CRRSAA Awards. The table will include historical and quarterly information.
  5. The total number of students at the College eligible to participate in the Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students can be found in the table labeled Student Emergency Financial Aid CRRSAA Awards. The table will include historical and quarterly information.
  6. The method used by the College to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive can be found below under Heartland Community College’s Student Emergency Funding from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Award Number P425E202207.
  7. Instructions, directions, and guidance provided by the College to students can be found below under Heartland Community College’s Student Emergency Funding from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Award Number P425E202207.
  8. The Institutional relief received by the College can be found in the table labeled Institutional Relief CRRSAA.  The table will contain amounts and the descriptions by date and will include historical information.  The quarterly reports can be found linked at the bottom of the table.  The procedures for the Institutional Relief can be found here

Heartland Community College Student Emergency Funding From The Coronavirus Response Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) Award P425E202207

The new CRRSAA law provides the U.S. Department of Education with funds to distribute to institutions of higher education in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).  The U.S. Department of Education has made a portion of these funds available to Heartland Community College to ensure learning continues for students during the COVID-19 pandemic, under the CRRSAA as HEERF II. Total allocation to Heartland Community College for Student Emergency Funding is $1,046,477.

Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, as related to components of the student’s cost of attendance. These emergency grants may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance, for costs that have arisen due to coronavirus such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.

Award levels (tiers) will be determined based on the following tiers:

  • Tier 1-Pell eligible students and students with an EFC (expected family contribution) less than 12,500 enrolled in 3 or more credits for the spring 2021 will be automatically awarded 600.00. Pell eligible students will be disbursed by March 5, 2021 and Non-Pell eligible students will be disbursed by April 9, 2021.
  • Tier 2- Any remaining CRRSAA funds will be made available to all students who have had additional unexpected expenses or incurred hardship because of COVID-19.  Students must submit a request beginning March 1, 2021 for these emergency financial aid funds by completing the form located below. Please note that students who receive the automatic distributions Spring 2021 are eligible to apply for additional emergency financial aid funds their next term of enrollment, if funding is still available.
    • Tier 2 award amounts will be based upon the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculation from a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
      • EFC’s less than or equal to 12,500 will be awarded up to the maximum award amount of 600.00
      • EFC’s greater than or equal to 12,501 will be awarded up to the maximum award amount of 300.00

Eligibility Criteria - Student Emergency Relief Funding

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

  • A Completed 2020-21 or 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be on file to determine eligibility. Heartland Community College will use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility. Even if you do not traditionally consider yourself to be a “financial aid” student, complete the FAFSA as soon as possible to determine eligibility for these additional funds. You can access the application on FAFSA.ed.gov and enter Heartland Community College’s School Code of 030838.
  • Student must be enrolled in 3 or more credit hours at Heartland Community College. Exceptions may be given to those enrolled in fewer than 3 credit hours or non-degree programs including continuing education and dual enrollment coursework on a case-by-case basis with documented exceptional need.
  • Students must be a U.S. citizen or noncitizen eligible to receive federal aid.
  • Not owe an overpayment (refund) on Title IV grants
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan
  • Experiencing unexpected financial hardship resulting from the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak
  • Have repaid any Title IV loan overpayment amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits, if obtained inadvertently;
  • If you are male 18 or older, have registered for Selective Service; and
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations

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

  • Emergency medical expenses
  • Technology/equipment needed to ensure continuity of online learning
  • Transportation and 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: 

  • 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: 

  • Students may only receive funds one time per term via this application
  • Funds awarded do not need to be repaid and will not be subject to federal taxes
  • Maximum award is 600.00 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/
  • International students studying in the U.S. with an F-1 Student Visa, students enrolled in non-credit coursework, and dual enrolled high school students are not eligible for CRRSAA grant funding. These students should contact Success Connections at successconnections@heartland.edu

Application Process: 

The Tier 2 application is now available by clicking the button below. If you have questions regarding this process contact the Financial Aid office at finaid@heartland.edu or 309-268-8020. 

Application

Student Emergency Financial Aid CRRSAA Awards Table

DATE AMOUNT AWARDED NUMBER OF STUDENTS AWARDED NUMBER OF STUDENTS ELIGIBLE
1/12/2021 $0 0 1,588
2/28/2021 $434,400 730 1,588
3/31/2021 $559,800 952 1,949
4/30/2021 $646,800 1098 2192
5/31/2021 $647,400 1099 2271

Institutional Relief CRRSAA Table

DATE AMOUNT DESCRIPTION
1/12/2021 $3,704.06 Lost Revenue and Coronavirus related expenses
2/28/2021 $21,925.46 Lost Revenue and Coronavirus related expenses
3/31/2021 $53,407.15 Lost Revenue and Coronavirus related expenses
4/30/2021 $81,405.51 Lost Revenue and Coronavirus related expenses
5/31/2021 $2,086,361 Lost Revenue and Coronavirus related expenses

Institutional Relief CRRSAA Table - Students

DATE AMOUNT AWARDED NUMBER OF STUDENTS AWARDED NUMBER OF STUDENTS ELIGIBLE
1/12/2021 $0 0 1,588
2/28/2021 $0 0 1,588
3/31/2021 $0 0 1,949
4/30/2021 $0 0 2192
5/31/2021 $0 0 2271
  • 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

    Contact the Financial Aid Office to complete an application at finaid@heartland.edu or 309-268-8020.

    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
    9/30/2020 $835,234 917 3,388
    12/31/2020 $1,046,477 1,154 3,388
    1/6/2021 $1,046,477 1,154 3,388
    1/31/2021 $1,046,477 1,154 3,388
    2/28/2021 $1,046,477 1,154 3,388
    3/31/2021 $1,046,477 1,154 3,388

    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
    1/6/2021 $1,029,914 Revenue refunded to students
    along with Coronavirus related expenses
     
    1/31/2021 $1,042,376 Revenue refunded to students
    along with Coronavirus related expenses 
    2/28/2021 $1,042,376 Revenue refunded to students
    along with Coronavirus related expenses 
    3/31/2021 $1,042,376 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 AWARDED NUMBER OF STUDENTS AWARDED NUMBER OF STUDENTS ELIGIBLE
    1/6/2021 $4,100 28 3,388
    1/31/2021 $4,100 28 3,388
    2/28/2021 $4,100 28 3,388
    3/31/2021 $4,100 28 3,388

    HEERF Institutional Relief Quarterly Reports

    HEERF Institutional Relief Funding Quarterly Report covering Quarter Ending 9/30/2020

    HEERF Institutional Relief Funding Quarterly Report covering Quarter Ending 12/31/2020

    HEERF Institutional Relief Funding Quarterly Report covering Quarter Ending 3/31/2021