Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF III)
About HEERF III Grants
- What is HEERF III grant?
- A HEERF III grant is a federal grant made possible by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA): Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III). An earlier version of this program was known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. CCP received $28,090,105 in HEERF III funds to be used towards emergency grants for students. Per the U.S. Department of Education, these grants may be used by students to pay for any component of the student’s cost of attendance education and/or emergency costs that arise or have arisen due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or childcare.
- How much can each eligible student expect to receive?
Based on the College’s plan, which includes guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education to distribute HEERF III emergency funds, the amount students are awarded is based on their expected enrollment status and demonstrated financial need. Students with exceptional need will be prioritized in grant distribution and will receive a larger grant award than students without demonstrated exceptional need. For purposes here, the College defines exceptional need as students with Pell-Eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is determined by reviewing a student’s 2021-22 FASFA on file with the College. If a student does not have a 2021-22 FASFA on file with the College, that student will not be eligible for the higher amount designated for Pell-Eligible EFC. All students who are awarded a grant will be notified of their award amount through email.
- Who is eligible for a HEERF III grant?
- HEERF III grants are available to students who meet these criteria:
For credit, non-dual enrollment students, an email was provided with the award amount and a link to complete the online Student Disbursement Authorization Form in the MyCCP Dynamic Forms portal. *Separate Applications will be sent to Dual Enrollment Students and noncredit students via email. If you are under 18 years of age, your parent or guardian must sign the application as well.
Be enrolled in at least one course in a degree or certificate program in the semester (credit students) or time period (noncredit students) for which you apply to receive the grant. Workshops do not count as courses and guest students are not eligible.
- How much money will I receive through the HEERF III Grant?
For Fall 2021 Credit Students:
- Full-Time* Enrolled Students with Pell Eligible EFC — $2,500
- Full-Time* Dual Enrollment Students or Enrolled Students with non-Pell EFC — $2,000
- Part-Time Enrolled Students with Pell eligible EFC — $1,500
- Part-Time Dual Enrollment Students or Enrolled Students with non-Pell EFC — $1,000
*Full-Time in Fall 2021 means 12 credits across both terms.
September 1, 2021–December 31, 2021: Noncredit Students:
- Full-Time Equivalent in courses January 1, 2021- July 31, 2021 — $2,000
- Part-Time Equivalent in courses January 1, 2021- July 31, 2021 — $1,000
How to Apply and Next Steps
- How do I apply for a HEERF III Grant?
An email with a link to the Student Grant Disbursement Authorization Form will be sent to your CCP email address when your eligibility group is able to apply.
- Fall 2021 grants have already been distributed and completed.
- For credit (non-dual enrollment) students in Fall 2021, an email was sent on October 15, 2021.
- For noncredit students in Workforce & Economic Innovation (WEI) courses or Division of Access & Community Engagement (DACE) courses, we anticipate awarding students on or about January 10, 2022.
- For credit, dual enrollment students, emails were sent on December 16, 2021.
- What is the deadline for completing the steps for a HEERF III Grant?
- For credit, non-dual enrollment students, the deadline for Fall 2021 applications was October 20, 2021.
- For credit, dual enrollment students, the deadline for Fall 2021 applications was January 3, 2022.
- For noncredit students in Workforce & Economic Innovation (WEI) courses or Division of Access & Community Engagement (DACE) courses, the deadline was December 20, 2021.
- Will I be notified if I receive a HEERF III Grant?
- Yes. Recipients will receive an email to their CCP email address directing them to complete the Distribution Authorization.
- What is the Distribution Authorization?
- The Distribution Authorization directs the College on how to disburse the funds to you. In that form, you will have the option to apply the HEERF III Grant to your current outstanding account balance or to receive the money directly. This is entirely optional. If you decline to apply the funds to your student account, it will not impact your award in any manner.
- How will I receive my HEERF III Grant?
- This is answered by how you complete the Distribution Authorization (see Q&A above). If you wish to receive the Grant funds directly, then the fastest and most secure way to receive the funds is by direct deposit to your bank account. If no direct deposit information is available, a check will be mailed to the address on file.
- How do I know if I have established direct deposit?
- To establish direct deposit, go to MyCCP and, under the Financial Services Channel, click on Student Refund Direct Deposit Authorization Form.
- What if my mailing address on file is not correct?
- You will be asked to provide a correct address in your application.
- When will I receive my HEERF Grant?
- Distributions for Fall 2021 have already been processed for credit students (both non-dual enrollment students and dual enrollment).mDistributions for non-dual enrollment credit students for Fall will begin on or before January 10, 2022.
- Applications for noncredit students were distributed on or about December 6, 2021, with a December 20, 2021 deadline. Distributions for non-credit students are expected to start after January 10, 2022.
- Applications for dual enrollment students for Fall were sent out on December 16, 2021, with distributions beginning in January 2022.
- Will the HEERF II Grant impact my financial aid award at CCP?
- No; this is a one-time grant that will not affect your existing financial aid.
- Do I need to repay the grant I receive?
- No; you do not need to repay this grant.
- Where can I find additional information online regarding CCP’s HEERF funding?
- The instructions, directions, and guidance provided by the College to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants is located on the College’s website along with Additional CARES Act student Consumer Information.
- I have questions about HEERF III that are not listed here. Who should I contact?
- Please contact Robert Forest, Director of Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Where can I locate the CARES Act / HEERF consumer information?
- Information can be located on the College's Consumer Information webpage under Financial Assistance.