Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund - Student Aid

 

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) was established and initially funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help institutions of higher education “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.”  Subsequent legislation – the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) – authorized additional funding for HEERF.   HEERF is overseen and administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

This report describes the use of HEERF funds received by Frederick Community College under Award Number P425E202788.
 

REPORT: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund - Student Aid

Quarterly Report for the Period January 1, 2022 – March 31, 2022

 

This report describes the use of HEERF funds received by Frederick Community College under Award Number P425E202788.

October 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
July 1, 2021 - September 30, 2021
April 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021
January 1, 2021 - March 31, 2021
October 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020
July 1 2020 – September 30, 2020
April 25, 2020 - August 20, 2020
April 25, 2020 - July 7, 2020
April 25, 2020 - May 24, 2020

CERTIFICATION
Frederick Community College signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and assures that the College intends to use the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSAA and ARP programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

FUNDING
Frederick Community College has received a total of $4,705,268 from the U.S. Department of Education pursuant to the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRSSAA and ARP (a)(1) programs.

EMERGENCY FINANCIAL AID GRANTS DISTRIBUTED
Between January 1, 2022 and March 31, 2022, a total of $923,892.80 in Emergency Financial Aid grants was distributed to students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) programs.

STUDENTS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE EMERGENCY FINANCIAL AID GRANTS
The estimated total number of students at the institution that were eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) programs was 17,598.

TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS RECEIVED EMERGENCY FINANCIAL AID GRANTS
The total number of students (unduplicated) who received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) programs is 650.

METHODOLOGY

The following methodologies were used to determine which students received Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they received under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) programs.

Four groups of students were prioritized to receive emergency aid grants during this period:
 
  1. Students with an Estimated Family Contribution under 10,000
    All students who 1) had filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); 2) had an Estimated Family Contribution of less than 10,000; 3) were Pell-eligible; 4) were enrolled in at least 1 credit of coursework required for their declared program of study during the Spring 2022 semester; 5) were neither a visiting student nor a consortium student; 6) had paid or made arrangements to pay for their tuition; and 7) had not received a HEERF Emergency Financial Aid grant in fall 2021 were selected to receive a HEERF Emergency Financial Aid grant in the amount of $2,000.
  2. Allied Health Students
    All students who 1) were enrolled in at least 1 credit of coursework required for their declared program of study in Allied Health (credit programs) or at least 1 class as part of an Allied Health Academy cohort (non-credit program) other than CPR for the spring semester; 2) were not a visiting, consortium, nor a dual enrollment student; and 3) had paid or made arrangements to pay their tuition were selected to receive a HEERF Emergency Financial Aid grant in the amount of $1,000.
  3. Education Students
    All students who 1) were enrolled in at least 1 credit of coursework required for their declared program of study in Education; 2) were not a visiting, consortium, nor a dual enrollment student; and 3) had paid or made arrangements to pay their tuition were selected to receive a HEERF Emergency Financial Aid grant in the amount of $1,000.
  4. Students who incurred new debt as a result of rescinded scholarship funding
    One student was selected to receive a HEERF Emergency Financial Aid grant in the amount of $1,892.80.

INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED TO STUDENTS

The Financial Aid office sent an email to all students who were selected to receive Emergency Financial Aid grants. The email message included the amount of the grant, an explanation of how the grant funds may be used, notice of disbursement to the students’ account and contact information should students have questions about the grant or need assistance.

The student who incurred new debt was personally contacted by the Assistant Director of Financial Aid Services and Outreach. They provided authorization to FCC to apply the stated amount to their student account balance.

 


 

 

PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENTS IN THE WAKE OF COVID-19 

If your family’s financial situation has been significantly or permanently altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the income you reported on the 2021-2022 FAFSA is no longer accurate you may be able to have your financial aid package reviewed and professional judgment applied to adjust the data elements on your FAFSA. Results could positively impact the amount of federal student aid you receive for this aid year.   

These circumstances may include:

Students requesting a Professional Judgment will be required to submit all relevant documentation, including 2020 income taxes, to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Contact Financial Aid at 301.846.2620 or [email protected] for more information.

 
  • Loss of employment
  • Loss or significant change in income
  • Change in marital status after applying for Federal Student Aid
  • Death of a parent or student’s spouse after applying for Federal Student Aid
  • One-time income