Montage of photos showing students who need financial help with car repair, household , computer purchase, and general education expenses.

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) was established to provide financial assistance to colleges and students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Three acts appropriated funding for HEERF:

  • Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
  • Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations  
  • American Rescue Plan Act

HEERF Grants for Students

To date, South Central College has distributed $7,700,000 in HEERF financial assistance grants to students in two ways:

  • Emergency Relief Fund Grants:  Nearly all current South Central College students were eligible to apply for a CARES Emergency Fund Grant. This grant provided assistance to qualifying students who needed help covering unforeseen education‐related expense due to COVID‐19. 
  •  Direct Distribution Grants:   South Central College students with exceptional need automatically received Direct Distribution Grants based on their financial aid records and the number of credits taken..

Most students who met specific criteria were eligible to receive financial assistance grants. Students who were not eligible included 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. 


For questions, please email South Central College's Financial Aid Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or dial 389-7220 and select option 2. 

HEERF Reports

HEERF College Distribution Oct. 2022:00553700_HEERF_Q12023_10102022.pdfpdf
HEERF College Distribution July 2022: 00553700_HEERF_Q42022_071122.pdfpdf

HEERF College Distribution Apr. 2022: 00553700_HEERF_Q32022_04062022.pdfpdf

HEERF College Distribution Jan. 2022: 00553700_HEERF_Q22022_100821.pdfpdf
HEERF College Distribution Oct. 2021: 00553700_HEERF_Q12022_100821.pdfpdf

CARES College Distribution July 2021pdf
CARES College Distribution April 2021pdf
CARES College Distribution Jan. 2021pdf
CARES College Distribution Oct. 2020pdf

CARES Student Distribution March. 2022pdf
CARES Student Distribution Dec. 2021pdf
CARES Student Distribution Sept. 2021pdf
CARES Student Distribution Oct. 2020pdf