The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) was established to provide financial assistance to colleges and students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In Spring 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act appropriated $1,873,482 in HEERF funding to South Central College, with half or $936,741 distributed in the form of grants to students. South Central College has just received funding from the recently passed Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), enabling the college to distribute more HEERF grants to students. See below for details.
HEERF Grants for Students
HEERF financial assistance grants are provided to South Central College students in two ways:
- Emergency Relief Fund Grants: Nearly all current South Central College students are eligible to apply for a CARES Emergency Fund Grant (see below for exclusions). This grant provides assistance to qualifying students who need help covering unforeseen education‐related expense due to COVID‐19. This may include food, housing (e.g. rent), utilities, course supplies and materials, textbooks, testing fees, technology (computer purchase, internet service), health care, child care, and transportation (e.g. automobile service, public transportation).
- Direct Distribution Grants: Direct Distribution Grants: South Central College students with exceptional need have automatically received Direct Distribution Grants based on their financial aid records and the number of credits taken. Eligible students received Direct Distribution Grants in May 2020 from funding to HERRF through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and in April through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA). These grants were intended to be used by students for any component of their cost of attendance or emergency costs due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care..
Most students who meet specific criteria are eligible to receive financial assistance grants. Students who are not eligible include those who are receiving a tuition waiver or having a third party paying for their tuition (e.g. employer), corrections students, apprenticeship students, high school/PSEO students, and Farm Business Management students.