Financial Aid Emergency Resources

Institutional Emergency Resources

Front Range Community College is committed to providing institutional resources and assistance to students in need.  Whether you need some extra assistance due to an unexpected extenuating circumstance, or you would like your FAFSA reevaluated due to a change in income, FRCC has dedicated resources to provide help.

Current Resources

We are pleased to announce that funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, 2021 (ARP) will allow FRCC to provide more than $8 million in financial support for all our fall semester students.

Students who are registered for fall 2021 classes will be automatically considered, with awards ranging from $250 to $1000 per student, depending on their need. No additional application is necessary.

However, if a student hasn’t already completed one of the following forms, we strongly encourage them to complete either the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or 2021-2022 Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA - for students without citizenship) as soon as possible.  See details below.

Eligibility Information:

  • Students who are attending FRCC for Fall 2021 will be automatically considered for ARP (COVID-related) funds – no additional application is required.
  • Students without citizenship status (such as DACA/ASSET or International students) will be considered eligible for this funding.
  • High school student/Concurrent Enrollment students are not eligible.
  • Priority will be given to students who demonstrate the most significant need.  Students are encouraged to complete one of the following applications to assist with determining need:

Additional Information:

  • Grant amounts
    • $1000 for attending students who have a FAFSA and/or CASFA on file and an EFC of 0-8769.
    • $500 for attending students who have a FAFSA and/or CASFA on file and an EFC greater than 8760.
    • $250 for all remaining attending students, excluding high school students.
  • What is an EFC?
    • EFC is short for Expected Family Contribution, which is a number calculated by the U.S. Department of Education when a student/family completes a FAFSA.
    • The calculation looks at things like income, household size and the number of students in college to help determine the EFC.
    • The EFC is not the amount of money a student will need to pay for college, nor the amount of aid to be received, but is a number used by the financial aid team to determine aid eligibility and financial need.
  • When does the FAFSA and/or CASFA need to be completed?
    • In order to identify need, FRCC will be using information provided on the FAFSA and/or CASFA as of August 23, 2021.

How the Awards Will Be Distributed:

  • The college expects to start making awards in late August, with first awards to students who register earliest. Students will likely have access to funds in early to mid-September.
  • All American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds will be issued directly to students through Bank Mobile—the company that FRCC uses for providing funds to students. Students can choose how to receive their funds in their Bank Mobile account.
  • COVID ARP funds will NOT be applied to any current or outstanding balances.
  • Transfers through Bank Mobile can take 7-14 business days for processing after funds are applied to a student’s account.

Questions About the American Rescue Plan Grant?

If you have any questions about American Rescue Plan Grant funding, please contact emergencyssgrant@frontrange.edu.

The FRCC Emergency Student Success Grant will be available again for the 2021-2022 Academic Year to support students who may be experiencing an unexpected financial hardship. This year's application will be available beginning 9/27/2021.

The emergency grant is a one-time assistance during the student's academic career at FRCC, up to $1,500. This fund is designed to provide emergency support for various expenses to students who are unable to meet unexpected financial burden. This may be a beneficial resource for students experiencing a hardship that requires immediate attention, or is somehow preventing a student from completing their educational goals. Examples of these expenses may include, but are not limited to:

  • Car repairs
  • Emergency medical expenses
  • Technology repairs / replacement (e.g. broken laptop)

ESSG Overview

  • FRCC ESSG is a one-time grant during the student’s academic career at FRCC, up to $1500
  • Reasons for the emergency will be taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis
  • Students must be enrolled in credit courses
    • Non-credit courses and workforce training are not eligible
    • High school/concurrently enrolled students are not eligible
    • FRCC employees are not eligible
  • Due to limited funding, applications will be considered on a first-come, first served basis until funds have been depleted.

Please note that funds from this grant will first be applied to outstanding FRCC balances, before any credit balance is issued to student accounts.

How to Apply

Questions?

For questions regarding this grant, please contact the Emergency Student Success Grant Committee.  

FRCC Financial Aid Office recognizes that the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) may not always portray a clear picture of your current financial situation. If the FAFSA does not adequately reflect your current household situation or your financial circumstances have changed since you submitted the FAFSA, there may be an option to reevaluate your financial aid eligibility.

Circumstances that will be considered for a reevaluation could include:

  • Loss of employment
  • Loss or Reduction of income
  • Separation or divorce
  • Death of a parent or spouse
  • High unreimbursed medical and/or dental expenses
  • Change in household size or relationship with parents

If you would like to see if your circumstances qualify, please submit the professional judgment intake form. If you’d like more information on the professional judgment process, we encourage you to contact our office to discuss this process with a Financial Aid Advisor by calling, emailing, or visiting any campus location.

Regardless of the life circumstances a student may experiencing, FRCC is committed to assisting students in any way possible.  We have both institutional and community-based resources that here to help you through these tough times.

Institutional Resources

Academic Support Resources

Advising and Mental Health Counseling Resources

Community Resources

General Community Resources

SNAP Benefits

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 temporarily expands Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility to include students enrolled at least half-time in an institution of higher education (like FRCC), who either:

  • Are eligible to participate in work study programs during the regular school year, as determined by the institution of higher education (like FRCC).

OR

  • Have an expected family contribution (EFC) of zero (0) in the current academic year.

Beginning on January 16th, 2021, students who meet one of the two criteria outlined above may receive SNAP if they meet all other SNAP eligibility criteria.  The new, temporary exemptions will be in effect until 30 days after the COVID-19 public health emergency is lifted.

To Access a Copy of Your Financial Aid Offer:

  • Log in to eWOLF
  • Click on "financial aid award" icon
  • Click on the link for "accept your awards"
  • Select the 2021-2022 academic year for Fall 2021; click submit
  • A new series of tabs will appear across the page
  • If you haven't already accepted the "terms and conditions," you'll need to do so
  • Once "terms and conditions" are accepted, you'll have access to "accept award offer" tab, where all the different types of aid are listed for the 2021-2022 academic year - which would include Pell Grant and/or work study eligibility

For more information on these financial aid related elements, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

For more information on applying for SNAP, check out the Colorado Department of Human Services website or contact your local human services department.

Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced the Emergency Broadband Benefit program to help those struggling to pay for internet amid the pandemic, stating that a household is eligible to receive the benefit of one member of the household received a federal Pell Grant during the current award year, among other possible criteria for eligibility.  Under the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, eligible households can receive up to $50 per month to help pay for broadband internet service.

  • Written or electronic confirmation from a student's school that the individual is a Pell Grant recipient will serve as verification for the program, or a student's financial aid award offer from eWOLF documenting the amount of their Pell Grant award received for the current year.
  • A copy of a student's paid invoice that shows the student's receipt of a Pell Grant during the current award year or a copy of the student's Student Aid Report will also serve as proper documentation, according to the notice from the FCC.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a FCC program to help households struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic.  This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, and virtual classrooms.

The CARES Act stimulus funding has allowed the FRCC Foundation to purchase 250 more laptops for students who are being impacted by COVID. Please complete the application below for review and consideration. The distribution dates for those who applications have been approved are (please add to your calendar):

  • Westminster Campus Laptop Distribution (Foundation Suite C1418-C1423):
    • Monday, October 11: 9am-11am
    • Tuesday, October 19: 9am-11am
  • Boulder County Campus Distribution (Building A, Information Desk):
    • Monday, October 11: 1-3pm
    • Tuesday, October 26: 10:30-12:30pm
  • Larimer Campus Distribution (Leadership Suite, Mount Antero):
    • Wednesday, October 13: 9-10:30am
    • Friday, October 22: 9:30-10:30am

You must pickup your laptop in person and cannot send someone to pick it up for you, because the grant requires that we get your signature and check your photo ID.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, a student must meet the minimum following requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, Permanent Resident of the U.S. or other eligible non-citizen for Title IV aid eligibility purposes
  • Registered and currently enrolled for Fall 2021 classes
  • Have been impacted by the COVID epidemic and need a laptop in order to complete their current coursework.

All applications will be reviewed for eligibility by the Financial Aid Team. Students will be notified via email if they have been awarded a laptop which will include a time and date for pick up.

Application

To be consider for a laptop, please complete the Student Laptop Request Form.

*Please note, due to the high volume of requests we will do our best to respond as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience.

Questions?

Please feel free to email any questions you may have to the FRCC Foundation.