On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III was signed into
law. This plan provides emergency funding to prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
Following guidance from the Department of Education, Southeast Community College has determined which students are
eligible to receive HEERF III grants and the amount that each student will receive. These grants will be distributed
to students automatically. Students will not need to apply to receive these funds.
Who is eligible to receive HEERF III grants?
Eligible students must meet the following requirements:
How much will students receive and how were grant amounts determined?
Southeast Community College is required to distribute grant amounts based on a student’s demonstrated need. The
Department of Education encourages the use of FAFSA data and, more specifically, the student’s Expected Family
Contribution (EFC) to measure this financial need.
After a review of our student information, the following distribution schedule was developed for the Fall 2021
How will HEERF III grants be distributed to eligible students?
HEERF III emergency aid will be disbursed automatically to eligible students. Students do not need to apply to
receive this funding. Students are strongly encouraged to sign up for Fast Refund to receive their grants through direct deposit. The
to sign up for Fast Refund to receive the HEERF III Fall payment grant by direct deposit is October 22,
Students who do not sign up for Fast Refund will receive a check sent via U.S Mail to their address on file at SCC.
Students are encouraged to review their address on file as soon as possible to ensure the check is sent to the
correct address. You can find your mailing address on the Hub (login required) at Webadvisor for Students/Academic Profile/My profile.
When should students expect to receive their HEERF III grant?
Student who sign up for Fast Refund should receive their deposit for the fall semester disbursement as early as
November 4, 2021. Students receiving a check should expect an additional week or longer for delivery. Distribution
dates for the Spring 2022 semester will be determined at a later date.
How can students use their HEERF III grant?
The HEERF III grant aid may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for any emergency costs
that arise due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care)
or childcare. Students are strongly encouraged to consider using their HEERF III grant to pay for technology that
will assist them in their classroom success.
Can a student apply their HEERF III grant to any outstanding balance they owe to SCC?
A student may choose to use their HEERF III grant to pay off anything due to the College. However, the College will
not be deducting any amounts due before distributing these funds.
Do students need to repay this grant?
No, students are not required to pay back their grant and a HEERF III grant is not considered taxable income.
Will this grant affect a student’s current or future financial aid?
No, this grant is a one-time emergency grant and it will not impact your current or future financial aid.
How is the ARP/HEERF III plan different than the CRRSAA/HEERF II plan?
There are two notable differences between ARP/HEERF III and CRRSAA/HEERF II for students:
Where can students go if they have questions or want to learn more about ARP/HEERF III?
Additional information about ARP/HEERF III from the Department of Education can be found at: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/arpfaq.pdf.