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HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUNDS (HEERF II)

 

What is a HEERF II Grant?

What is HEERF II?
A HEERF II grant is a federal grant made possible by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA): Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II). An earlier version of this program was known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. CCP received $31,849,546 in HEERF II funds and will use at least $8,051,216 toward emergency grants for students. Per the U.S. Department of Education, these grants may be used by students to pay for any component of the student’s cost of attendance education and/or emergency costs that arise or have arisen due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or childcare.
How much can each eligible student expect to receive?
Based on the College’s plan, which includes guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education to distribute HEERF II emergency funds, the amount students are awarded is based on their expected family contribution (EFC). Students with exceptional need will be prioritized in grant distribution and will receive a larger grant award than students without demonstrated exceptional need. For purposes here, the College defines exceptional need as students with Pell-Eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is determined by reviewing a student’s 2020-21 FASFA on file with the College. If a student does not have a 2020-21 FASFA on file with the College, that student will not be eligible for the higher amount designated for Pell-Eligible EFC. All students who are awarded a grant will be notified of their award amount through email.

Eligibility

Who is eligible for a HEERF II grant?
HEERF II grants are available to students who meet these criteria:
  • For credit, non-dual enrollment students, complete the online application found in the MyCCP Student Quick Links portal.  
    *Separate Applications will be sent to Dual Enrollment Students and non-credit students via email: If you are under 18 years of age, your parent or guardian must sign the application as well.
  • Be enrolled in at least one course in a degree or certificate program in the semester (credit students) or time period (non-credit students) for which you apply to receive the grant. Workshops do not count as courses and Guest Students are not eligible. 

*NOTE: For Spring and Summer I 2021 applications, students were required to be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen. For applications starting for Summer II 2021, however, in accordance with May 11, 2021 guidance

How much money will I receive through the HEERF II Grant?
For Summer I and II Terms 2021 – Credit Students
  • Full-Time* Enrolled Students with Pell Eligible EFC - $2000
  • Full-Time* Dual Enrollment Students or Enrolled Students with non-Pell EFC - $1500
  • Part-Time Enrolled Students with Pell eligible EFC - $1000
  • Part-Time Dual Enrollment Students or Enrolled Students with non-Pell EFC- $500

*Full-Time in Summer I and II means 12 credits across both terms*

January 1, 2021- July 31, 2021: Non-Credit Students

  • Full-Time Equivalent in courses January 1, 2021- July 31, 2021 - $1500
  • Part-Time Equivalent in courses January 1, 2021- July 31, 2021 -  $500

How to Apply & Next Steps

How do I apply for a HEERF II Grant?
An email with a link to the application will be sent to your CCP email address when your eligibility group is able to apply.
  • Spring 2021 grants have already been distributed and completed.
  • For credit (non-dual enrollment) students in Summer I & II 2021, an email was sent on June 3, 2021.
  • For non-credit students in Workforce & Economic Innovation (WEI) courses or Division of Access & Community Engagement (DACE) courses, we anticipate sending emails on or about June 30, 2021.
  • For credit, dual enrollment students we anticipate sending emails in July 2021.
What is the deadline for completing the steps for a HEERF II Grant?
  • For credit, non-dual enrollment students, the deadline for Summer I applications was June 15, 2021. Another application will be available for Summer II with a deadline of July 29, 2021.
  • For credit, dual enrollment students, the deadline for Summer I applications will be July 31, 2021.
  • For non-credit students in Workforce & Economic Innovation (WEI) courses or Division of Access & Community Engagement (DACE) courses, the deadline will be July 31, 2021.
Will I be notified if I receive a HEERF II Grant?
Yes. Recipients will receive an email to their CCP email address directing them to complete the Distribution Authorization.
What is the Distribution Authorization?
The Distribution Authorization directs the College on how to disburse the funds to you. In that form, you will have the option to apply the HEERF II Grant to your current outstanding account balance or to receive the money directly. This is entirely optional. If you decline to apply the funds to your student account, it will not impact your award in any manner.
How will I receive my HEERF II Grant?
This is answered by how you complete the Distribution Authorization (see Q&A above). If you wish to receive the Grant funds directly, then the fastest and most secure way to receive the funds is by direct deposit to your bank account. If no direct deposit information is available, a check will be mailed to the address on file.
How do I know if I have established direct deposit?
To establish direct deposit, go to MyCCP and, under the Financial Services Channel, click on Student Refund Direct Deposit Authorization Form.
What if my mailing address on file is not correct?
You will be asked to provide a correct address in your application.
When will I receive my HEERF Grant?
Distributions for spring 2021 have already been processed for credit students (both non-dual enrollment students and dual enrollment).  Distributions for non-dual enrollment credit students for Summer I started June 24, 2021 and will continue throughout the summer.
Applications for non-credit students will be distributed on or about June 30, 2021 with a July 31, 2021 deadline.  Distributions for non-credit students are expected to start after August 16, 2021.
Applications for dual enrollment students for Summer I and II are expected to be sent out in July 2021 with distributions beginning in August 2021.
We anticipate processing distributions for dual enrollment and non-credit students starting in or around August 2021.
Will the HEERF II Grant impact my financial aid award at CCP?
No; this is a one-time grant that will not affect your existing financial aid.
Do I need to repay the grant I receive?
No; you do not need to repay this grant.
Where can I find additional information online regarding CCP’s HEERF funding?
The instructions, directions, and guidance provided by the College to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants is located on the College’s website along with Additional CARES Act student Consumer Information and Instructions may be viewed though the Virtual Student Support Services page on MyCCP at https://myccp.online/how-access-virtual-student-support-servicesfor HEERF I/CARES and HEERF II.
I have questions about HEERF II that are not listed here. Who should I contact?
Please contact Robert Forest, Director of Financial Aid at rforest@ccp.edu
Where can I locate the CARES Act / HEERF consumer information? 
Information can be located on the College's Consumer Information webpage under Financial Assistance.

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