HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND (HEERF I & II) UNDER SECTION 18004 OF THE CARES ACT & CRRSAA, Public Law 116-260
CARES ACT Report and Disclosure
- Front Range Community College (FRCC) acknowledges that on April 20, 2020 the institution’s President, Andrew R. Dorsey, signed the U.S. Department of Education Certification and Agreement Form for Emergency Financial Aid grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. FRCC used at least 50% of the initial funds Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF I) allocated to FRCC under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act for the sole and exclusive purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus instruction due to coronavirus. FRCC acknowledges that an equal additional amount of funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) is being distributed to students.
The total cumulative amount of HEERF funding for Emergency Financial Aid grants to students that FRCC is entitled to receive based upon notification the latest Grant Award Notification received on February 1st, 2020 under Section PL 1126-136 Title VIII Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CFDA 84.425E) is $7,046,470.
- The total amount of HEERF II funded Emergency Student Aid grants distributed directly to students as of March 31st, 2021 is $3,152,000. The total amount of HEERF I funded grants distributed directly to FRCC students by November 13th, 2020 was $3,523,235. An additional $371,235 (HEERF II funds) remains to be distributed as student aid.
The estimated total number of FRCC students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore eligible to receive a grant funded by HEERF is 12,475.
- The total number of HEERF II Emergency Student Aid awards made directly to FRCC students in the first quarter of 2021 (1/1/21-3/31/21) using HEERF II funds is 3,152. The unduplicated number of FRCC students who have received a HEERF II student aid grant is 3,152. The average award was $1,000.
The unduplicated number of FRCC students who received an HEERF I Emergency Student Aid grant in 2020 was 3,979. The average award was $707.48. The number of FRCC students who received a HEERF I Emergency Student Aid grant in Spring 2020 is 1190. The number of FRCC students who received a HEERF I Emergency Student Aid grant in Summer 2020 is 967. The number of FRCC students who received an HEERF I Emergency Student Aid grant for Fall 2020 is 2,823. The number of FRCC students who have received a HEERF II Emergency Student Aid grant for Spring of 2021 is 3,152.
- FRCC has used a web-based application for students to be considered for a HEERF II grant. FRCC HEERF II grant award determinations were based on students’ demonstrable need as described in their application and verified by the financial aid office. Funds were issued as a Bank Mobile refund unless the student voluntarily chose to apply the funds to the balance of their account.
- Students were notified via an email to their frontrange.edu account of their application status and award. Information on availability, eligibility and the application process was provided to students through the Office of Financial Aid website, by financial aid and academic advisors, and via direct email to students. The following information was shared:
To be eligible for a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) grant a student must:
Have been registered at FRCC for the Spring 2021 term in pursuit of a degree or certificate.
- Must meet Title IV citizenship criteria.
- Must request funding for an eligible HEERF grant reason that began after March 13,
2020 such as:
- Housing: student cannot afford rent or utilities
- Transportation: student has emergency transportation costs
- Course-fee-materials need: Limited course materials/higher costs for online classes
- Technology needs for online coursework
- Food: student has food insecurity
- Healthcare: Student has medical expenses related to COVID-19
- Childcare: Student has additional childcare expenses due to COVID-19
- Other reasons that meet the HEERF II guidelines for distributing funds to students
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