HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUNDING INFORMATION


What is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020 to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). The U.S. Dept. of Education allocated those funds to colleges and universities to distribute to students impacted by the disruption to campus operations due to the pandemic.

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRSSAA) was passed by Congress and signed into law on December 27, 2020 to provide economic relief from the impacts of COVID-19. This Act provided an additional $22.7 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II). The U.S. Dept. of Education allocated those funds to colleges and universities to distribute to students to help cover emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 11, 2021 to support the overwhelming costs that institutions and students face in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. This Act provides almost $40 billion in relief funds that will go directly to colleges and universities. Institutions will be required to spend at least half of their allocations on emergency financial aid grants to students. More information on this funding will be forthcoming.

When will Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds be available?

CARES Act HEERF – North Central Missouri College (NCMC) signed and returned the certification and agreement form from the student portion on April 22, 2020. NCMC was required to distribute, at minimum, 50% of those funds directly to students to provide emergency financial aid grants as part of the NCMC CARES Act Grant. Through the NCMC CARES Grant, a total of $446,019 was available through an application process. The application was available on the NCMC website and through a link sent to all enrolled Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 students. Recipients were notified via their Pirate email account. Submission deadlines were as follows: Spring 2020 – August 1, 2020, Summer 2020 – July 17, 2020, and Fall 2020 – November 20, 2020.

CRRSAA HEERF II – NCMC is required to spend the same dollar amount on emergency grants sent directly to students as was required under the CARES Act. Funding requirements changed from the CARES Act HEERF. As a result, NCMC was able to distribute directly to Spring 2021 students a summary amount based on Pell eligibility and Estimated Family Contribution (EFC).

ARPA HEEF III – NCMC was allocated $1,875,934 to issue as emergency grants to students. The method in which funds will be distributed to students is currently being determined.

Who is eligible for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds?

Spring and Summer 2020 student guidelines:

  • Be eligible for Title IV Federal Student Aid. This can be determined by completing the 2019-20 FAFSA (and all applicable verification requirements) at studentaid.ed.gov. Please note that this does NOT mean you need to qualify for Pell Grant or have received aid. The 2019-20 FAFSA is only available through June 30, 2020.
  • Be enrolled at least half-time at the start of the Spring 2020 term as a degree seeking student in an on-campus/in-person degree program. Students that were in distance education or all online courses prior to March 13th may not be eligible*
  • Students that were eliminated from consideration included international students and current high school students
  • Be meeting Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements or have an approved appeal (SAP = 2.0 GPA, 67% completion rate or higher, have taken less than 150% of courses required for degree); and
  • Not be in student loan default.
  • Incur expenses as a result of the disruption to campus operations* due to the COVID-19 circumstances;

*In the Spring 2020 semester, NCMC made the decision to move all ground based courses to online as of March 13, 2020. We recognize that students will incur expenses related to this disruption, specifically technology expenses. As a result, NCMC has made CARES Act HEERF funds available through the Spring 2020 CARES Act application to help mitigate these expenses. Funds are limited and not available to cover entire expenses.
*In the Summer 2020 semester, NCMC made the decision to allow nursing courses to be held on ground although all other courses were online. Due to COVID safety precautions changes had to be made for components of the courses to be online and adjustments had to be made to the clinical schedule/locations.

Fall 2020 student guidelines:

  • Be eligible for Title IV Federal Student Aid. This can be determined by completing the 2020-21 FAFSA (and all applicable verification requirements) at studentaid.ed.gov. Please note that this does NOT mean you need to qualify for Pell Grant or have received aid.
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at the start of the Fall 2020 term as a degree seeking student in at least one class that is not fully online.
  • Be meeting Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements or have an approved appeal (SAP = 2.0 GPA, 67% completion rate or higher, have taken less than 150% of courses required for degree).
  • Not be in student loan default.
  • Incur expenses as a result of the disruption to campus operations due to the COVID-19 circumstances.

Spring 2021 student guidelines:

  • During Round I, students were required to submit an application and meet previous Spring/Summer 2020 guidelines, with the exception of an updated 2020-21 FAFSA.
  • During Round II, HEERF II funds were awarded and included the following stipulations:
    • Awards were based on Pell eligibility and estimated Family Contribution (EFC).
    • Students that were eliminated from consideration included international students and current high school students.

Fall 2021 student guidelines:

  • Any individual who is or was enrolled at an eligible institution on or after the date the national emergency was declared for COVID-19 may qualify for assistance under the HEERF programs.
  • Non-degree seeking, non-credit, dual enrollment, and continuing education students eligible.
  • Students exclusively enrolled in distance education may receive these funds.
  • Refugees, asylum seekers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, other DREAMers, and similar undocumented students qualify for HEERF student grants.
  • ED removed the requirement that a student must be eligible for Title IV aid to receive financial assistance under the HEERF programs.

How is the grant amount determined?

Spring 2020:

For Spring 2020, individual grant amounts are determined by expenses that students self-reported they incurred via the NCMC CARES Grant application. Expenses areas will vary by student and expense areas include:

  • Food expenses (eg. elimination of meal plans, campus pantry, BSU meals)
  • Out-of-pocket medical expenses (eg. counseling that would be covered by NCMC)
  • Technology expenses (eg. hardware, software, adding or expanding internet access)
  • Travel expenses (eg. to wi-fi hotspots, proctoring, tutoring)
  • Housing expenses, including utility expenses resulting from remote learning
    • Non-residence halls (eg. move from Trenton, storage)
    • Residence halls (eg. incurred expenses due to move-out deadline, storage)
  • Childcare expenses (eg. childcare while class is in session, test-taking, studying)
  • Resource expenses normally provided on campus (eg. tutoring, proctoring, recreation)
  • Course materials/supplies (eg. printing, paper, ink cartridges, calculators)

Summer 2020:

For Summer 2020, individual grant amounts are determined by expenses that students self-reported they incurred via the NCMC CARES Grant application. Expenses areas will vary by student and expense areas include:

  • Technology expenses (hardware, software, connectivity, etc. due to online ATI proctoring)
  • Travel expenses (to wi-fi hotspots, limited clinical sites/hours, etc)
  • Childcare expenses (childcare during online proctoring, limited clinical times, etc)

Fall 2020:

For Fall 2020, individual grant amounts are determined by expenses that students self-reported they incurred via the NCMC CARES Grant application. Expenses areas will vary by student and expense areas include:

  • Technology expenses related to connectivity (es. Wifi access, faster wifi, etc.)
  • Technology expenses related to hardware purchases and/or upgrades (ex. new RAM, hard drives, web cams, microphones, desktop or laptops, etc.)

Spring 2021:

  • Round I grant amounts were determined the same as Fall 2020, expenses include: technology expenses related to connectivity and hardware purchases and/or upgrades
  • Round II grant amounts (HEERF II) were a summary amount based on Pell eligibility and Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), expenses include: emergency costs that arose due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care

Summer 2021:

  • For Summer 2021, individual grant amounts were determined by enrollment at the in-state rate (cap of 3 credit hours). Grants were issued either as credits to student accounts (with consent) or as direct payments. Grants were issued until HEERF II funds were depleted.

Fall 2021:

  • Direct payments will be issued to students enrolled in the upcoming academic year based on the expected family contribution (EFC) as determined by a completed FAFSA. Students who have/will not complete a FAFSA will receive a Tier 3 direct payment. For more information, please review information on NCMC Emergency Relief Funding. These grants can be used toward educational costs and other emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.

Please note that the awarded amount(s) may not cover all expenses, but can hopefully mitigate the impact of expenses.

How will funds be distributed?

The funds will be sent as a direct payment to your preferred location for student refunds, which include either a check in the mail or direct deposit. Students will be instructed that these funds are intended to help cover emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.

Why didn’t I receive any funds?

Unfortunately, currently the U.S. Department of Education does not allow funds to be used for international or undocumented students. Please note that eligibility guidelines may change, as clarification continues to be provided by the Department of Education.

RESOURCES

U.S. Department of Education CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
U.S. Department of Education CRRSAA: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

CONTACT US

For HEERF eligibility questions:

[email protected]
(660) 357-6513

For HEERF payment questions:

[email protected]
(660) 359-3948 ext. 1411

Federal School Code

NCMC Title IV federal school code is 002514.

Federal Reporting Requirements

As of Spring 2020, the estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant under the CARES Act was 674.

Date Total # of students who have received CARES Act Grants Total amount distributed to students
5/28/2020 110 $56,250
7/12/2020 360 $173,285
8/26/2020 428 $218,560
9/30/2020 616 $362,060
12/31/2020 690 $400,160
3/31/2021 1231 $798,160
6/30/2021 1388 $880,344

North Central Missouri College signed and returned the certification and agreement form for the Federal CARES Act HEERF Institutional portion on May 1, 2020 and May 11, 2020 for the Strengthening Institutions portion. NCMC received $446,019 for the Institutional portion and $43,632 for the Strengthening Institution portion (with a supplemental award of $511). Through CRRSAA HEERF II, NCMC received $1,558,698 for the Institutional portion and $82,109 for the Strengthening Institution portion. Through ARPA HEERF III, NCMC received $1,689,879 for the Institutional portion.

HEERF Institutional Portion (a)(1), (a)(2), and (a)(3) Fund Public Reporting (Q ending 9-30-20)
HEERF Institutional Portion (a)(1), (a)(2), and (a)(3) Fund Public Reporting (Q ending 12-31-20)
HEERF Institutional Portion (a)(1), (a)(2), and (a)(3) Fund Public Reporting (Q ending 3-31-21)
HEERF Institutional Portion (a)(1), (a)(2), and (a)(3) Fund Public Reporting (Q ending 3-31-21) (2)
HHEERF Institutional Portion (a)(1), (a)(2), and (a)(3) Fund Public Reporting (Q ending 6-30-21)