Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
Feather River College has signed and returned an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education and will use at least 50% of the student portion of their Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) allocation to emergency grants directly to students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provides funding for emergency financial aid grants to students, specifically for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. These funds may cover expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. Feather River College received $299,577 under the CARES Act for emergency financial aid grants to students.
Distribution of CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF)
FRC has distributed 554 HEERF grants to 455 eligible students for a grand total of $288,300. The first wave of HEERF grants consisted of 443 eligible students, totaling $266,100. The second wave of HEERF grants consisted of 111 eligible students living in campus housing, totaling $22,200. These students were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965 and were enrolled at FRC on or before March 23, 2020.
Guidance released by the U.S. Department of Education indicated only students who are, or could be, eligible for Title IV aid (i.e. the Pell Grant and/or Federal Direct Loans) under Section 484 of the HEA may receive emergency grants. This definition includes but is not limited to:
- U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens
- Students with valid SSN
- Students registered with the selective service
- Students with a high school diploma or GED
- Programs leading to a degree or certificate
Original eligibility guidance from the U.S. Department of Education has been challenged in Federal court. At this time, FRC has not made any changes to the existing allocation formula. DACA students at FRC who were not included in the original eligibility guidance have already received a similar emergency grant aid from the FRC Foundation and other support programs.
Several factors were considered in determining the amount of emergency financial aid to students including eligibility criteria for on-campus enrollment, number of units enrolled, and FAFSA-determined Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The amount funded was based upon the following factors:
|efc $0 - $4,000||efc $4,001 - $10,000||efc $10,000 +|
|Part Time 3.0 - 5.5 units enrolled||$200||$100||$100|
|part time 6.0 - 11.5 units enrolled||$600||$400||$200|
|full time 12 + units enrolled||$800||$600||$400|
CARES Act Student Notifications
Students have been notified by email that FRC has received funding from the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to be distributed in the form of emergency grants to help students affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Please refer to the below attachments to view the emails sent to eligible students. Students have also been instructed to make sure that FRC has an up-to-date mailing address for them and to be on the lookout for an emergency grant check in the near future.