HEERF Emergency Funding

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF)

The following guidelines are approved for use by Halifax Community College for the disbursement of funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF).These funds were authorized by the

  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law March 27, 2020
  • Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) signed into law December 27, 2020
  • American Rescue Plan (ARP), signed into law March 11, 2021

In each case, HCC signed and returned the Certification and Agreement form, if required, and the institution has used, or will use, no less than the minimum required amount of student funds received to provide HEERF grants to students.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act - HEERF I

The College was funded $616,040 from the Department of Education pursuant to the College’s Certification of Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students and the Institution.

The method used by the College to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants, included all Title IV eligible students enrolled in one or more classes on or after March 13, 2020. The $800 award is for expenses including laptops, home computers, technology upgrades, monthly internet costs, and/or food needs off-campus.

The estimated total number of the College’s students eligible to participate in the programs under Section 484 in the Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 441.

  • As of May 15, 2020 the total number of students who received an emergency financial aid grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 383.
  • As of May 15, 2020 $306,400 disbursed to students.
  • 58 potentially eligible students were notified by email to complete a FAFSA so eligibility could be determined. Additional awards will be processed in June 2020 for additional students deemed eligible.
  • Quarter ending June 30, 2020 - $306,400 disbursed to 383 students.
  • As of July 6, 2020, The College has distributed $312,000 to students for "expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus". The total number of students who received an emergency financial aid grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 390. (Fully Expended)
  • Quarter ending September 30, 2020 - $312,000 to 390 students (Fully Expended)
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRSSA) - HEERF II

The method used by the College to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants, included all Title IV eligible students enrolled in one or more classes on or after May 1, 2021. The $785 award is for expenses including laptops, home computers, technology upgrades, monthly internet costs, and/or food needs on or off-campus.

  • Quarter ending March 31, 2021 - $0 disbursed.
  • As of May 4, 2021, the College has distributed $309,290 to students for "expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus". The total number of students who received an emergency financial aid grant under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 is 394. (Fully Expended)
  • Quarter ending June 30, 2021 - $309,290 disbursed to 394 students (Fully Expended)
American Rescue Plan (ARP) - HEERF III
  • Quarter ending June 30, 2021 - $0 distributed to students
  • Quarter ending September 30, 2021 - $0 distributed to students
  • Quarter ending December 31, 2021 - $570,750.00 distributed to 475 students
  • Quarter ending March 31, 2022 - $570,750.00 distributed to 475 students
ARP Awarding Chart
  1. Curriculum students with a 0 EFC (greatest financial need):
    1. Full-time $2,000
    2. Three-quarter-time $1,500
    3. Half-time $1,000
    4. Less-than-half-time $500
  2. Curriculum student with 1-5711 EFC (21-22 Pell eligible range):
    1. Full-time $1,500
    2. Three-quarter-time $1,125
    3. Half-time $750
    4. Less-than-half-time $375
  3. Curriculum students with 5712 or higher EFC, no EFC, all other Pell ineligible:
    1. Full-time $1,000
    2. Three-quarter-time $750
    3. Half-time $500
    4. Less-than-half-time $250
Amounts are prorated based on credit hours enrolled.
  1. Full-time = 12 or more credit hours
  2. Three-quarter-time = 9 to 11 credit hours
  3. Half-time = 6 to 8 credit hours
  4. Less-than-half-time = 1 to 5 credit hours

 

HEERF I, II Quarterly Reports