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:
- Direct Distribution Grants: During the week of April 19, 2021, South Central College students with exceptional need will receive emails indicating how much they will receive automatically via Direct Distribution Grants based on their financial aid records and the number of credits taken. Checks/direct deposits will be delivered soon thereafter. The grants were made possible thanks to the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) funding to the Higher Education Relief Fund (HEERF) are intended to be used for any component of your cost of attendance or emergency costs due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.
Eligible Spring Semester 2020 students received grants in May 2020 from funding to HERRF through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
- 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).
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.