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The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) was established to provide financial assistance to colleges and students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 2020, three acts have 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:

  1. 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. 

    Grants may cover:

    • Tuition, textbooks, course supplies and materials
    • Technology (e.g. computer purchase and internet)
    • Transportation (e.g. automobile service and public transportation)
    • Food, housing, utilities and childcare

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  1.  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 begining in 2020  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.

Eligible Students

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. 


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.